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

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

Meet the TYO Board members

TYO Management

The TYO team includes General Manager, Michelle Forbes, and Program Coordinator, Lauren Foreman. Together, they keeps the wheels turning and are working towards a sustainable and successful TYO future. 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.


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