About Us | Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

The 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.

Founded in 1965, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra turned 50 years old in 2015.  This is a tremendous milestone, which was celebrated through a Statewide concert series, new Tasmanian compositions, and TYO Alumni guest appearances.  Over 1000 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.

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 and manage the TYO.

The TYO Board as volunteers, provide the overarching management and coordination, working with the General Manager, team of conductors and parent volunteers.

Artistic direction is provided by a TYO Board committee comprising Tracey Patten (Board).

Meet the TYO Board members

TYO Management

The TYO is administered by the General Manager, Michelle Forbes. Michelle keeps the wheels turning and is working towards a sustainable and successful TYO future. Read more about Michelle.


The TYO relies on a diverse funding mix including players fees, donations, business sponsorships, in-kind support from our community based partners, and government grants for specific projects. The TYO does not currently receive government support for its administration and weekly rehearsal programs. Our 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.


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