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The Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) under the auspices of the Ministry of Education is a National Project of Excellence. The orchestra comes under the purview of the Co-Curricular Activities Branch, Education Programs Division, and Ministry of Education. The orchestra is a non-profit organization and is funded entirely by the Ministry of Education.
Members of the SNYO come from primary and secondary schools, junior colleges, international schools and tertiary institutions. The aim of the SNYO is to provide each student with an exemplary orchestral experience and the highest quality professional music education and training. As part of the holistic approach to the education system, SNYO aims to inspire and nurture career-minded musicians, enthusiastic amateurs and dedicated music lovers.
The SNYO is well regarded as the premier national orchestra for young musicians, with some 200 members from 75 educational institutions in Singapore. It benefits from the extensive training it receives from professional tutors from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. SNYO has a record that includes an impressive repertoire, overseas guest conductors and performers, collaborations overseas with international youth orchestras and participation in international concert festivals. The Orchestra is the premier co-curricular activity of choice at the national level for young, aspiring musicians in Singapore schools. Over the years, many outstanding musicians have passed through the ranks of the orchestra and become prominent professional musicians in their own right.