KYO is a community youth orchestra open to talented musicians aged 13-26. If you are interested in joining, please read the information below including the vacancy and grade requirements, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the new member expression of interest form.
Fees & registration
Membership fees cover the cost of running the orchestra, including the hire of the hall, conductor’s fees, purchase and copying of music, insurance, and the costs associated with registering the organisation.
Fees for 2022 (excluding refunds from 2021 due to COVID) are:
- $400 for any subsequent siblings
However, musicians may be eligible for one of the following discounts/fee credits:
- Continuing musicians who paid their fees in Term 1 2021 will receive a fee discount to account for weeks with no rehearsals during the lockdown.
- Students up to 18 years old can apply for a $100 Creative Kids voucher per calendar year to partially meet KYO registration fees. See the Service NSW website for more information.
- Several musicians who missed additional rehearsals in Term 4 due to their vaccination status or COVID concerns are eligible for additional fee credits. These additional musicians have been contacted by Katrina and must select the option “I have been contacted directly by James or Katrina regarding my fees” on the online form
Your exact membership fee will be displayed on the registration form, a copy of which will be sent to your email. Please note this amount down and pay via direct bank transfer to:
Payment is by direct bank transfer to:
Kuringai Youth Orchestra, Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 141 392 738
Please mark transfers with 2022SurnameFirstname
Rehearsals & concerts
Rehearsals are held during school term times at Ku-ring-gai Town Hall (1186 Pacific Highway, Pymble) on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Social supper is provided on a voluntary roster system from 6:30pm. Parents are welcome to attend the rehearsals.
For those musicians travelling by train, the Town Hall is a short walk from Pymble Station. Exit the station on the Pacific Highway side and walk through the tunnel that goes under the highway. From there you can walk up the ramp to the west side of the highway and it is then just a short walk up the hill.
To drop off a musician, turn into the Town Hall when travelling north up the Pacific Highway. There is a drop off area. For pickups, however, please park in the lower car park (using the same entrance) and walk up to the Town Hall. The drop off area is quite small and we want to avoid congestion.
We aim to hold a concert at the end of each term on a Sunday afternoon, and you can access recordings and videos of these here.
Musicians are expected to stay up to date and actively read communications from the orchestra. KYO communicates to its musicians via email and social media:
- Join the private Facebook group. This is for regular updates to players within the orchestra.
- Like the public KYO Facebook page
- Follow @kuringaiyouthorchestra on Instagram.
- Subscribe to Kuringai Youth Orchestra on YouTube.
Requirements for musicians
It is expected that all musicians will attend all rehearsals and all four concerts held at the end of each term, except for mandatory school or university commitments. It is expected that musicians will contact the KYO membership secretary if they are unable to attend a rehearsal.
All musicians will be provided with music and a folder, to be brought to each rehearsal. Musicians should also bring a pencil and water bottle.
Current vacancies – 2022
We have the following vacancies at present and we are always interested to hear from high calibre orchestral musicians. Please note these grade requirements are indicative only – other factors are used to determine a musician’s position within the orchestra including age and experience.
There are positions available across all string sections.
1st Violins – AMEB Certificate of Performance / AMusA / LMusA
2nd Violins – AMEB / Suzuki 7th Grade upwards
Violas – AMEB / Suzuki 5th Grade upwards
Cellos – AMEB / Suzuki 6th Grade upwards
Double Basses – AMEB 4th Grade upwards
Flute, oboe, bassoon and clarinet positions are currently full. If you would like to join our waiting list you must be AMEB / Suzuki 6th Grade and above.
Trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba positions are currently full. If you would like to join our waiting list you must be AMEB / Suzuki 6th Grade and above.
Percussion positions are currently full. If you would like to join our waiting list please contact us.
Uniform for concerts
Girls: Black skirt, tailored pants and black top, or a black dress. Please wear black socks and shoes (preferably not school shoes) and black stockings/tights if wearing a dress/skirt. Please no coloured headbands, scrunchies, ribbons etc in your hair, black only.
Boys: Black trousers (no jeans or stretch fabric), plain black long sleeved shirt with no logos or prints, black belt, black socks and shoes and a black tie. Please button the collar and sleeves on the shirt (No rolled up sleeves).
If you wish to wear a mask, please make sure it is a black one.