China Tour 2018

In March/April 2018 the SCYO toured China. What a great time was had! Checkout the action on the SCYO facebook page. The musicians worked and performed with a wide range of ages, and were introduced to everything from chinese writing, dance and musical instruments, to great food and to the Great Wall! They experienced some real life in China through home stays, through to travelling on a 350km/hr train.

They spent time with our friends from our Sunshine Coast sister city – Xiamen, then to Shanghai, and finally to Beijing. They came home very tired, but excited by the trip! These tours provide a wonderful opportunity to get an understanding of music and standards around the world – and this one was no exception.

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The SCYO tourers greatly appreciate the support, both financially and practically, from the following generous local governments, companies, organizations, and individuals. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Sunshine Coast Council – Councillor O’Pray – event funding
Sunshine Coast Council – Councillor Jenny McKay – tour uniforms

Soiree musical networking event sponsorship
North Shore Community Centre, Mudjimba – complimentary venue hire
Maroochy North Shore Lions Club
Anonymous Donor (Flight Centre voucher)
Ikatan Day Spa (voucher)
Mooloolaba Party Hire
Loose Goose Restaurant (voucher)
Bunnings (voucher x 2)
Noosa Music (voucher)
Sunshine Coast Event Hire

Tour Booklet – Major Sponsors (full page)
Sunshine Coast Council – Councillor Connolly – tour booklet printing
University of the Sunshine Coast (Music)
Seaborne Clothing
Chancellor State College
Buderim Ginger/The Ginger Factory
Bryant Engineering

Tour Booklet sponsor (1/2 page)
St Andrew’s Anglican College
Study Sunshine Coast

Tour Booklet sponsor (1/4 page)
Windsor Craig Solicitors
Kalsea Restaurant & Bar

Thank you also to Mary Valley RSL, Happy Little Gardener, Door City Kunda Park, Leighanne Marriage Celebrant, UltraTune Caloundra, Imbil Post Office, Medical Skin & Laser, Precious Metal Automotive, Plaster Warehouse, TM Estate Agents, Morton Bay Seafoods and Aussie Pest Control for Tour Booklet sponsorship.

Special acknowledgement to Jillian Crick, Gordon Cramer, Ilona Demecs, Suzanne Kompass and Craig List for Silent Auction Art works and items that raised significant funds.

Xiamen (Sunshine Coast Sister City) Music School



Japan Tour 2016

58 members of the SCYO from the Youth Symphony, Wind Symphony and advanced younger musicians enjoyed a fantastic 10 day tour of Japan from 23rd March to 2nd April 2016. The musicians were blown away by the welcome provided at all the venues and the shared performances.

Go to the SCYO facebook page for a fantastic record of the tour, including videos of the joint performances with:
Shinagawa Junior Philharmonic Orchestra
Iwakura High School Wind Ensemble
Kamakura Junior Orchestra
Osaka Gakugei High School
Kyoto Girls Junior & Senior High School

The touring musicians had a great time working with advanced musicians and conductors in Japan almost every day, and sharing experiences, food, culture and a tourist highlights. The SCYO would like to thank our hosts for providing such an amazing experience. (This tour follows a successful Youth Symphony tour of Sydney from July 6-13, 2014 for the Australian International Music Festival.)

Director of Music Maria Salmon reflected on the benefits of the tour “… the tours success is measured in the delight as the musicians recount their wonderful experiences in Japan and as parents had a virtual look into our days through Andy’s wonderful photos, but the true success of the tour will be in the years ahe Cancel ad as we have laid the ground work for SCYO to become an international youth orchestra seeking opportunities not only on the coast but within Australia and now overseas. We made great friends in Japan and hope in the next year or two to be able to host a Japanese group on the coast.

Of course the opportunities are endless and by forward planning it would be great to have two more international tours in the next 5 years. These tours offer inspiration to our younger members to strive to improve and gain membership to these ensembles. Touring ensembles produce levels of playing enhanced by the comradeship needed in both the preparation and actual tour. There is a need amongst touring musicians to support fellow members not only in the playing but also in the day to day travelling. All of our members showed remarkable maturity in their assistance with each other. No one was left alone and everyone was a welcome asset. I was very proud of all our SCYO players.”