Founded in 1964, we are the non-profit organisation behind the official green-and-gold symphonic team for South Africa. In its sparkling history, our organisation has hosted bi-annual orchestra courses, concerts, international and national tours and workshops for young musicians, and has become one of South Africa’s most successful music institutions.

Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of South Africa’s finest young musicians, from emerging gifted school-age students to those on the verge of a professional career. Our faculty is sourced from the best orchestras across South Africa and the world and along the way our concerts bring delight to thousands. We work to improve training around every aspect of running and playing in an orchestra.



We believe in our country in all of her diversity – and just like an orchestra has different instruments, we have different cultures – we know that participation in a youth orchestra programme teaches collaboration, tolerance and the spirit of social cohesion in the best possible way – by sharing a common larger-than-life musical experience. Over 70% of the musicians in professional South African orchestras have been through our programmes and enrich the nation’s musical landscape. We believe in access to education for all young, talented and deserving musicians, and through our Bursary Fund we have been able to give equal access to our programmes to musicians regardless of financial or geographical barriers. We also help young musicians access local and international opportunities through music scholarships and our worldwide network of partners. We are a feeder system for the professional music industry, and we work with top artists from school-aged musicians, to those starting their professional careers. Our alumni are placed in some of the best orchestras in the world. We preserve and contribute to the vibrant culture of our country by performing local music and encouraging new work alongside our traditional orchestral programmes.

Over fifty years of commitment to young musicians has made the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation one of South Africa’s most successful music institutions. The Foundation supports the training and development of South Africa’s young musicians through national courses, national and international tours and workshops and networks nationally to assist all youth orchestra programmes to function optimally.

Our concerts are typically held at the end of orchestra courses in the July and December holidays in different South African cities. The orchestra has toured to the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Israel and Germany.


team@sanyo.org.za or 0832722117