The Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra is a pops orchestra for the Youth of Brisbane and its regional surrounds. Accepting players aged from 10 to 30, The Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra (or BRYO, as it’s affectionately known) prides itself on its fun repertoire, engaging atmosphere and exciting opportunities it provides to its players and audiences. The BRYO Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Shaun Dorney and Erin Thomson, and is well known for its engaging repertoire and performances.
Highlights for the Symphony Orchestra include performing at the 2017 International Festival of Youth Music at Carnegie Hall where they received a Gold Award presented by guest adjudicator Johan de Meij. In 2010, BRYO’s Symphony Orchestra performed at the World Expo in Shanghai, China. Surrounded by established musical institutions from around the world, BRYO turned out to be one of the favourites due to the engagement and skill of the players, as well as the festival feel of the music chosen. To prepare for the Tour, BRYO was invited to perform with the Queensland Youth Orchestra’s Wind Symphony, and performed with renowned didgeridoo player, William Barton.
In 2011, BRYO’s Symphony Orchestra performed the concert extravaganza, ‘The Magic of Disney’ to a record crowd, and appeared on Channel 10. Other highlights include performing at the EB Games Expo and Supanova Pop Culture expos. The orchestra has toured throughout regional Queensland, partnering with the charity “Gift of Music” donating musical instruments to students in the bush. They have also toured throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand and are partnering with P&O cruiseline to tour the South Pacific in 2023.