Central Coast Youth Orchestra

Central Coast Youth Orchestra is the Conservatorium’s flagship ensemble, renowned in the community for its exceptional level of musicianship and captivating performances. 

CCYO is made up of the Central Coast’s top string, woodwind, brass and percussion students, many of whom represent our region at a state level as members of the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW.

The CCYO rehearses weekly and performs professional level repertoire.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5pm – 7 pm.

Location: Presbyterian Church, 14 Young Street, West Gosford

Conductor: Patrick Brennan

Video Audition Requirements:

Students interested in joining the CCYO – who meet the below outlined pre-requisites – are invited to apply by submitting a video audition meeting the following guidelines:

  • auditionees must play one scale.
  • auditionees must play one or two pieces of music that demonstrate their current playing level and skills.
  • video is limited to 5mins.


Woodwind:      Min. AMEB 6 or equivalent

Brass: Min.      AMEB 6 or equivalent

Percussion:     Orchestral or Symphonic Wind Ensemble experience

Upper String:   Min. AMEB 6 or equivalent

Lower String:   Min. AMEB 5 or equivalent

Conducting and Teaching Music Program

Members of CCYO and SWO are eligible to join apply for the Conducting and Teaching Music Program.

The Program offers senior high school & tertiary musicians the opportunity to extend their orchestral music education in conducting and musical pedagogy. It provides essential skills and knowledge to help students develop as a musician, teacher, and conductor.