About Us | Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1965, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra was the very first youth orchestra in Australia. Over 1500 people from across Tasmania have been involved in TYO over the past 50+ years.  This is includes an impressive list of players, conductors and board members, not to mention medical and science professionals, and today's leaders of industry.

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which aims to connect young Tasmanian musicians to some of the best musicians in Australia, provide orchestral experiences, and provide inspirational leadership.

TYO Vision

Our vision is to inspire, nurture and develop young Tasmanians, to perform the very best they can and enjoy a lifelong love of music.  

TYO Board

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra is governed by a skills based voluntary Board. The Board provides governance oversight for the organisation, including strategic planning, financial control, legal compliance, and review of organisational performance. The Board comprises a mix of elected and co-opted members that bring the suite of skills necessary to govern the TYO.

The TYO Board are volunteers, They provide overarching guidance and form an integral part of the greater TYO team, which includes the General Manager and administration personnel, as well as the team of conductors and parent volunteers.

Artistic direction of TYO includes a contribution from each conductor, with oversight from the the Board's artistic representative and the Artistic and Education Committee; and operational support from the General Manager.

Meet the TYO Board members

TYO Team 

The TYO team includes General Manager Kyna Hart and Program Coordinator Lauren Foreman, together with team members Alexander Rodrigues, Emily Rieper and Naarah Barnes. Together, the team keep the wheels turning and provide the TYO family with the practical support they need. Read more about the team.


The TYO relies on a diverse funding mix including participant fees, donations, business sponsorships, in-kind support from our community based partners, and government grants for specific projects. TYO programs are maintained at accessible entry points for our participants thanks to our supporters.

See how you can help support the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra connecting young Tasmanian musicians to some of the best musicians in Australia, providing orchestral experiences and inspirational leadership opportunities.

Tasmanian Youth Chorale Legacy

In 2018, we joined forces with Tasmanian Youth Chorale in an amalgamation of two organisations with aligned visions of providing quality music education and ensemble experiences to young Tasmanians.

Originally started in 2008, The Tasmanian Youth Choirs had three choirs to cater for a range of ages for young people who love to sing:  The Junior Chorale for students in Grades 2 – 5, the Youth Chorale for singers in Grades 6 – college level and The Graduates which is aimed for singers ranging in age from 16 – 25.  

The choir has won numerous awards at local eisteddfods and has performed for the Governor General, the Consul General of Japan, the Moorilla International tennis finals day and sings regularly at Government House. The choirs also sang for the launch of the ABC Giving Tree in 2009 and 2010.

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