Queensland Youth Symphony, 1973


Join our QYO Alumni Family. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect and share stories dating back to 1966!

Our QYO Alumni Family aims to provide:

  • Networking opportunities, annual events for staying in touch, and opportunities to reconnect with alumni colleagues.
  • Submit a picture, testimonial or news
  • Join our QYO Alumni Family committee and help us plan great events at the Old Museum Building
  • Facebook networking for re‐establishing contact with alumni


To thank you for reconnecting and being a part of our family we would like to offer you a free electronic copy of our bi-monthly newsletter, Tutti. We have other special concert ticket offers throughout the year and will include you on our Alumni mailing list.



Alumni Orchestra

In December 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2016, 145-member QYO Alumni Orchestras performed under the direction of John Curro AM MBE at QPAC to large audiences. The 2002 concert featured Mahler’s 1st Symphony, 2006 featured Holst’s The Planets, 2012 featured Strauss’s Alpine Symphony and 2016 featured Mahler’s 5th Symphony. The 2010 performance featured a historic and highly acclaimed performance of Havergal Brian’s massive Gothic Symphony. 

The 2002 and 2012 performances also coincided with John Curro’s 70th and 80th birthdays. The 2016 performance acknoledged the 50th aniversary of QYO.

In December 2007, a smaller alumni orchestra was formed for a concert at the Old Museum Concert Hall. The major work on that occasion was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Watch the video of the first ever QYO international tour in 1972.
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 Watch the video of the 1980 QYO Tour:


Diana Doherty

Principal Oboe with the Sydney Symphony


 ‘I started playing with the QYO in the junior string ensemble as a violinist when I was 7. I reached the first orchestra as an oboist when I was 14. QYO gave me an enduring love for orchestral music, and the works that I learnt there have been indelibly imprinted on my memory. I can‘t wait to come back to play solo with the orchestra in 2011!’.


Tim Munro

Flautist in the Grammy-Winning Group, Eighth Blackbird in the United States


‘Undoubtedly the biggest thrill was playing so much miraculous music, such as La Mer and the Rite of Spring, for the first time among such a great and enthusiastic orchestra. This experience gave me something so important: the courage to perform under pressure, to stand in front of a large orchestra and hall full of expectant listeners, and to play like your life depended on it’.

Richard Hawley

Former Director of the Lichfield Festival in the United Kingdom

‘I remain indebted to Queensland Youth Orchestras for instilling in me an unshakeable commitment to whatever team I am a part of, for the lasting friendships that I made during those years and for fostering the deep knowledge that extraordinary things can happen when a bunch of young musicians truly know a piece of music.’

 QYS 1980 Orchestra Tour  QYS 1990 Orchestra Tour








Alumni Involvement

Over the years, many QYO Alumni have become involved with QYO as

  • Concert patrons
  • Board members
  • Tutors
  • Volunteers
  • Conductors
  • Donors
  • Sponsors
  • Members of the QYO Alumni Orchestra 

If you would like to contribute your skills/time/resources to QYO, even in a small way, we’d love to hear from you!