Welcome to our 50th Anniversary year and a special welcome to our new and returning orchestra/ensemble members.

Rehearsals start this weekend and we have a short term of just eight weekends prior to Easter. We wish QYO2 members well as they head to music camp at Luther Heights, Coolum this Friday.

As our other six orchestras/ensembles descend on the Old Museum Building this weekend for first rehearsals, please remember to bring to each rehearsal:
- your music stand
- your instrument and accessories
a pencil and eraser
- water bottle and snack, or money for the vending machines

We have special events planned for our 50th anniversary including a City Hall gala concert in May, an international orchestra festival at QPAC in August and an Alumni Orchestra concert at QPAC in December. Several illustrious Alumni will join us as soloists in both the QYS Concert Series and the Concerts at Twilight Series.

Thank you to all of our supporters including sponsors, donors, volunteers, artistic and admin staff, and families. We are looking forward to a great 50th anniversary year.      

Geoff Rosbrook, General Manager
Subscription packages are now available for the 2016 QYS Concert Series. Book a 'Full Series' or 'Masterpiece Series' package and save up to 24% compared to single ticket prices. Enter our competition here to win a 'Full Series' subscription package by voting for your favourite concert. 
Billet Familes Needed!
QYO is seeking billet families to look after members of the 80-member Mannheim Youth Orchestra from Germany, aged 13 to 23, for one week from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 August. The musicians will be billeted in pairs of the same gender and the logistics for most days will be to meet at the OMB or QPAC between 8am and 9am, and then collected in the evening after 6pm. If you do not have two spare beds, it would be fine to have one musician in a bed and another in the same room on a mattress. If you can help, please email us at or phone 07 3257 1191.  
The Concerts at Twilight series features six QYO ensembles including QYO2, QYO3, JSE, WS, WE and Big Band, and guest ensembles from Brisbane and regional Queensland. The 2016 brochure will be available in February, and you can find a full list of concert dates here.
Volunteer Teams
Thank you very much to this year’s QYO orchestra/ensemble volunteers.

Administrator - Tina Bowen
Asst Administrator - Skye Thomas
Librarian - Victoria Whiting
Stage Manager - Noel Smith
Stage Manager - Tim Goodwin
Stage Manager - Greg Lloyd


Administrator - Col Barnes-Scott
Librarian - Joy Barnes-Scott
Librarian - Nadine Hetherington 
Stage Manager - Bruce Paynter
Stage Manager - Simon Wood
Stage Manager - Jeff Atkinson


Administrator - Rob Bigalla
Asst Administrator - Kelly Stolz
Librarian - Karen Ewer
Librarian - Sue Stevens
Stage Manager - Mark Kay
Stage Manager - Dush Devendra


Administrator - Brett Hetherington
Asst Administrator - Helen Brasington
Librarian - Coralie Hall
Asst Librarian - Donna Jones
Stage Manager - Shane Kerr

Administrator - Tabitha Frank
Asst Administrator - Andrew Humphreys
Librarian - Gretchen Bennett
Asst Librarian - Helen Higgins
Asst Librarian - Holly Marsh
Stage Manager - Russell Mellor
Asst Stage Manager - Ian Davies

Administrator - Elaine Earl
Asst Administrator - Kirsty Oxlee
Librarian - Rita Buteeva
Asst Librarian - Di Batchelor
Stage Manager - Peter Batchelor
Asst Stage Manager - Joel Corney

Administrator - Jodie Newbery
Librarian - Clare Quaglia
Stage Manager - Kevin Walsh
Applications for the 41st National Youth Concerto Competition (NYCC) are now open. Established in 1976 by QYO, NYCC is the most prestigious competition in Australia for string soloists aged up to 17 years. Past winners include Jane Peters (1978), Richard Tognetti (1980), Nicholas Milton (1985), Li-Wei Qin (1993) and Ray Chen (2002). Click here to apply.
2016 Vacancies
2016 orchestra/ensemble vacancies are now available from the QYO website home page. If you would like to apply, please contact the office on 3257 1191 or More info here.
- Congratulations to QYO Patron Member Neil Summerson AM who was awarded the Member of Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List. 

- QYO invites expressions of interest from former members of QYS (QYO1) who would like to play in the QYO Alumni Orchestra's "Mahler 5" concert on Sat 17 Dec 16. Please contact Geoff Rosbrook at the QYO Office on 07 3257 3029 or
Major Sponsors
Queensland Youth Orchestras
Old Museum Building
480 Gregory Tce (cnr Bowen Bridge Rd)
Bowen Hills QLD 4006

PO Box 40, Royal Brisbane Hospital  QLD  4029
Phone 07 3257 1191
Fax 07 3257 1159

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