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• 100-member symphony orchestra
• Standard professional orchestral repertoire
• Conductor: John Curro AM MBE (since 1966)
• Rehearsals: Saturday 9.00am-12.45pm at the Old Museum Building (some Sunday mornings if required)
• Sectional tutorials: one weekend per concert plus more if required by section leaders or tutors
• Min. AMEB Grade 8 (guide only)  
• Flute & clarinet min. AMEB AMusA (guide only)
• Maximum age limit as at 31 December 2018: 25 years
• Violin 1 (16), violin 2 (16), viola (14), cello (12), double bass (10)
• Flute (2), piccolo (1), oboe (2), cor anglais (1)
• Clarinet Bb & A (2), bass clarinet (1), bassoon (2), contrabassoon (1) 
• French horn (5), trumpet (3), trombone (2), bass trombone (1), tuba (1)
• Timpani (1), percussion (3)

The Queensland Youth Symphony is widely recognised as a world-class youth orchestra and is the leading ensemble of Queensland Youth Orchestras.  QYS performs an annual concert series with a focus on works from the late 19th and 20th centuries and by contemporary Australian composers. Throughout its 50-year history, QYS has toured and performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally in twelve overseas tours. Past members of QYS are active in Australia and abroad as soloists, teachers, chamber musicians and members of major symphony orchestras. In December 2017, QYS is touring to China and Germany.

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Conductor John Curro AM MBE

John Curro is the Founder and Director of Music of Queensland Youth Orchestras, conducting the Queensland Youth Symphony since its beginning in 1966. 

Mr Curro has completed 12 international tours with QYS, including the 10-concert, 2012 tour to Asia and Europe with the orchestra’s first ever performances in Singapore and Malaysia. In 1972 QYS was the first Australian Youth Orchestra to successfully audition for the prestigious International Youth Orchestra Festival in Lausanne, Switzerland. Festivals followed in 1976 and 1980 in Aberdeen, Scotland, this last occasion being the first time a Youth Orchestra from Australia has ever been chosen to host the festival. 

In December 2012, Mr Curro led a 145-member QYS Alumni Orchestra in a most successful performance of Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and on 17 December 2016, a 144-member QYS Alumni Orchestra came together to celebrate QYO’s 50th anniversary year. Mr Curro has conducted many of Australia’s professional orchestras as well as many opera and ballet seasons in Australia. His guest conducting appearances have included the London Virtuosi, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian and Bavarian Youth Orchestras, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. 

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr Curro has received many prestigious awards including Member of the Order of Australia and Member of the British Empire. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Australian Music Centre (Qld) Award, the Don Banks Music Award, the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, the Orchestras Australia Lifetime Achievement Award and the Queensland Premier’s Millenium Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Watch QYS Perform


QYS has performed throughout Australia and internationally during twelve overseas tours (Europe, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand) to much critical acclaim.

The orchestra enhanced its reputation during the 2012 international tour to Asia and Europe, earning much praise from audience members and critics, and many standing ovations during the ten-concert tour. Concert destinations included Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Linz (Austria), Strasbourg (France), and German cities Worms, Frankenthal, Stuttgart, Ehingen and Bamberg. Read more about the tour here

QYS regularly hosts visiting international youth orchestras including, in 2012, the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, in 2010, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, in 2009 the Albuquerque Youth Symphony from the US and the Ulm Youth Wind Philharmonic from Germany. In 2007 and 2008, QYO hosted orchestras from Germany (Mannheim and Stuttgart) and Macau.

QYS will tour again in 2017 performing concerts across China and Germany.