Musician Info

Joining KYO:

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 or fill out the new member expression of interest form.


Rehearsals are held on Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00, with supper from 6:30 at Ku-ring-gai Town Hall – 1186 Pacific Highway, Pymble.

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 (the one used by PLC girls). 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.

All parents are invited to stay, listen and help during rehearsals. Tea and coffee are available.


Musicians are expected to stay up to date and actively read communications from the orchestra. KYO communicates to its musicians via email and a private Facebook group for regular updates.

Players are also invited to keep up to date by following the public KYO Facebook page and @kuringaiyouthorchestra on Instagram.

Requirements for musicians

Attendance: It is expected that all musicians will attend all rehearsals and all 4 concerts held at the end of each term, except for mandatory school or university commitments.

Music: All musicians will be provided with music and folder, to be brought to each rehearsal.

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.

The membership fees for 2020 are as follows:

  • $500
  • $400 – for each subsequent sibling

This year, KYO is registered as a Creative Kids provider. Students up to 18 years old can apply for a $100 voucher per calendar year to partially meet KYO registration fees. See the Creative Kids website for more information and to apply.

If you are eligible to apply for a Creative Kids voucher, your fees are as follows. Please have your voucher number ready before registering.

  • $400 – with Creative Kids voucher
  • $300 – for each subsequent sibling AND you are using Creative Kids voucher

All new musicians which have been offered a place in the orchestra AND continuing musicians must register for 2020 through this Registration Form.

Payment is by direct bank transfer to:
Kuringai Youth Orchestra, Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 141 392 738
Please mark bank transfers with 2020SurnameFirstname

Current vacancies – 2020

We have the following vacancies at present and we are always interested to hear from high calibre orchestral musicians.

There are positions available across all string sections. There is also a position for a harpist.
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

There are positions available for clarinets / bass clarinets and bassoons. Flute and oboe positions are currently full.
Clarinets / Bass Clarinets – AMEB 6th upwards
Bassoons – AMEB 4th Grade upwards

There is a position available for trombone. Trumpet, French horn and tuba positions are currently full.
Trombone / Bass Trombone positions – AMEB 6th grade

There are positions available for percussionists.

Uniform for concerts

Girls: All Black semi-formal wear. You may wear a black dress or a black skirt and black top. Please wear black stockings/tights and black shoes, preferably not school shoes. Cellists and Double Bass players may wear black tailored trousers with a suitable black top/blouse if you wish. 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 and shoes and a black tie. Please button the collar and sleeves on the shirt. (NO rolled up sleeves)

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