Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2017 – School Holiday WORKSHOP

11 – 13 July

In the second week of the July school holidays, 70 young musicians from the region will converge on the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to play together as an orchestra.

Founded in 2012 by the late Stephanie Higgs, and now in its sixth year, the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program extends regional music students by providing the opportunity to experience the social and educational benefits of large ensembles playing.

Students learn their parts throughout term two in preparation for the three-day intensive immersion program where they participate in sectional and whole orchestral (tutti) workshop rehearsals under the guidance of expert tutors. All this hard work, which is also incredible fun, will culminate in a public performance for family, friends and fans to be held this year at Lismore City Hall with the support of our partner Norpa.

We are thrilled to welcome back Internationally celebrated conductor Luis Fernando Madrid, whose baton also leads Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra. Luis returns for the fourth year to guide the students through repertoire selected and arranged by Conservatorium teacher and NRYO Musical Director Lynne Compton.

The orchestra program includes a Senior Orchestra and Junior Concert Band to be conducted by Luis Madrid. Michael McCabe, Head of Strings at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium will conduct the Junior Strings Ensemble.

“Buddies” from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will return to NRYO for the fifth year running. This program is part of a special partnership between the Sydney Con and all Regional Conservatoriums across NSW that sees tertiary students from SCM work with students in regional NSW. In fact, Luis Madrid first came to the Northern Rivers Conservatorium as a “Buddy” while studying his Masters in Conducting in 2013.

The public concert includes performances from some smaller ensemble items in addition to the Orchestra and Junior Strings Ensemble, with an entertaining and accessible program that includes works from Dvorak, Gershwin, Lloyd-Webber and Tchaikovsky.


Junior String Ensemble and Junior Concert Band is aimed at Stage 2 and 3 Primary School age students but must also have the equivalent instrumental ability for Grade 2 AMEB.

Senior Orchestra is aimed at High School aged students to young adult with the equivalent ability for Grade 3 and upwards AMEB.


Senior Orchestra: Early Bird Price $160 (Full Price $170)

Junior Band & String Ensemble: Early Bird Price $140 (Full Price $150)

Early Bird Prices Close: Friday 2 June 2017.

Take advantage of the Early Bird prices!!!!



  1. Go to
  2. In the left panel, select ‘Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra’ (Under Workshops & Master Classes)
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select ‘Register Now!’.
  4. Click on ‘Checkout’. (The next page will ask you to log in or create a new account).
  5. Current students: Log in, or new students: click on ‘Create New Account’.
  6. Follow the prompts.

If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact the office 6621 2266.

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Photo gallery from 2016 NRYO


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