6TH – 8TH JULY, 2021
Senior Orchestra Early Bird $175 (Full price $185)
Junior Orchestra Early Bird $155 (Fully price $165)
Early bird closes 31st May 


In the first week of the July school holidays, scores of young musicians from across the region will converge on the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to become the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2021.  The three day orchestral workshop will culminate in a finale concert at Lismore City Hall at 6:30pm on Thursday 8thJuly.

Now in its ninth year, after a Covid-enforced hiatus in 2020, the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra 2021 program will extend regional music students by providing the opportunity to experience the social and educational benefits of playing together in a large ensemble.  Be assured, as with all NRC activities, strict Covid-safe protocols will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment.

NRC is thrilled to announce that Resident Creative Artist, Sean O’Boyle AM, will be conducting both the senior and junior orchestras.  Sean said:

“I am delighted to be part of the 2021 Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program.  My colleagues and I are selecting diverse music that will thrill musicians and audience alike. Playing and performing with the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra is a marvellous opportunity and I encourage all to apply and participate in this brilliant program. I’ll see you in rehearsal and on stage.”

NRYO 2021 will bring a wide range of music from the high energy to the sublime sourced from the movies, iconic bands and the great symphonies. The music selected is designed to encourage and build musical skills at each level, with the senior groups looking to also develop the higher levels of musical performance.

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 music staff.  “Buddies” from the Sydney and Queensland Conservatoriums of Music will also be on hand to mentor and guide the young musicians.

Musical Director, Michael McCabe, said:  “This will be my seventh NRYO Workshop and my third as Musical Director. Some of the students who were in the orchestra when I started are now finishing their performance and teaching degrees while the younger ones are now leaders in their sections. It has been wonderful to see students grow and become mature musicians, in some cases, beyond their years. I know the students have found this orchestra and ensemble workshop to be a very positive experience, both in their musical development and the social network that it creates.

Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird discount which closes on 31st May.