SCYO Auditions now open

Music is a family affair for the four Woods family children, with the youngest joining SCYO earlier this year. Photo: Starshots.

Flash mobs, charity events, playing with professional orchestras, workshops, music camp, concerts, friends and fun – it’s all in a year’s work for the talented young musicians of the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra.
Auditions for 2013 will continue at Mountain Creek High School this Sunday 2 December, and organisers would love as many new faces to join the coast’s premier youth orchestra as possible.
“Next year is in planning with several events already on the calendar including an Australia Day performance, playing for events to assist the Give me 5 for Kids charity, a possible tour and of course – our annual music camp,” an orchestra spokesperson said.
The recent Gala Concert, held on 10 November, saw a packed theatre at the Caloundra Events Centre treated to a fine performance by all groups which make up the SCYO – Amati strings, Sinfonia Strings, Symphony Strings (beginner, intermediate and advanced), the Wind Ensemble and the full Youth Symphony Orchestra playing a mix of classics with contemporary and well known modern music anthems.
SCYA performing at their recent Gala Concert in Caloundra. Photo: Ross Naumann

Being part of the SCYO has made a big difference in the musical pursuits of many of its members over the years, with many young coast musicians going on to study music in various tertiary directions.
“This year was no exception to big opportunities opening up for SCYO musicians. Jessica Norup has just been offered places in the UQ music program as well as the Conservatorium of Music,” the spokesperson said.
“During the year, Sarah Naumann, Alyssa Pagomenos and Stuart Reddan performed in the Creative Generation – State Schools on Stage extravaganza. Sarah performed as part of the Orchestra; and Alyssa and Stuart were in the Big Band; which was conducted by none other than trumpet legend, James Morrison.
“We also have several students who have played in both the SCYO and the QYO (Queensland Youth Orchestra), making the trip to Brisbane every Saturday for rehearsals on top of all other commitments.
Closer to home, many SCYO students have achieved high results in AMEB music exams and great success at the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod, proving they are a talented and very busy bunch of kids, who enjoy working with like minded young musicians.
SCYO has been in operation for over 23 years and offers musical extension opportunities to kids ranging from 7 to 23 years of age.
Their members come from Noosa and Pomona in the north, right down to the more southern Caboolture and Hinterland areas for rehearsals and performances.
The final auditions for 2013 will be held on Sunday 2 December at Mountain Creek State High School.
2013 SCYO rehearsals will take place on Wednesday nights at the Mountain Creek State High School.
For more info and to open the door to a new world of music for any budding young musicians, please go to www.scyo.org.au to register for an audition or email info@scyo.org.au for further information.