MBSO YOUTH SYMPHONY was formed in 2012 to meet the needs of young musicians wanting to play in a symphony orchestra. A youth symphony orchestra is the ideal stepping stone for students leaving school and young adults who wish to return to the enjoyment of music-making with others. The MBSO Youth Symphony is also beneficial as an augmentation to the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Young musicians are encouraged to be involved in an activity that is enjoyable, self-satisfying and socially interactive. You will meet other like-minded people who share in your enthusiasm to produce wonderful music. Within this program, you will have the opportunity to develop, refine and apply your musical skills in a supportive environment with peers and with older, more experienced musicians.

MBSO Youth Symphony performs in conjunction with the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra (MBSO) at festivals and in venues around the Moreton Bay and north Brisbane regions including Clontarf Beach State High School, the Redcliffe Cultural Centre and Grace Lutheran College. Specialist tutorials will be scheduled throughout each year.


MBSO Youth Symphony rehearses on Thursday nights:

6:00-7:00pm (alone)
7:10-8:15pm (with MBSO)



All positions will be available each year through an audition process.

Age requirement

25 years and under.

Entrance requirements

AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) grade levels indicated are a guide to the equivalent standard that applicants must have achieved before auditioning. (Applicants are not required to have completed examinations before auditioning).

Instrument family required minimum standard

Strings (violin, viola & cello) - Grade 4
Strings (double bass) - Grade 2-3
Woodwind - Grade 4
Brass - Grade 4
Percussion - Grade 4


Double Bass 
Bass Clarinet  
French Horn 

Legend: (†) Instrument loan available

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Upcoming Events


Mendelssohn Concert   

Time:  2:00 PM

Venue:  Clontarf Beach State High School Hall, Isobel Street, Clontarf   (Map)


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Other Publications

MBSO Scholarship Application Form 2018.pdf (PDF)

2018 Concert Series.pdf (PDF)

Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles (PDF)

Become a Friend of MBSO in 2018 (PDF)

Application Form (for JS and YS) (PDF)


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MBSO Perform's Mendelssohn

APRIL 28 AT 2PM - The Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra (MBSO), MBSO Youth Symphony & MBSO Junior Strings present a concert of the works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. Featuring Solo Violinist Andre Allavena from the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bronwyn Gibbs. Clontarf Beach State High School Hall, Isobel Street (Opposite end of Weaber Street), Clontarf. Tickets: Adults $20 Concession $15 Students: $10 Primary School: Free Tickets available NOW at: www.trybooking.com/TRRV

MBSO Introduces Scholarships in 2018

 In 2018 the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra is providing scholarships that are open to players from primary school age to 25 years. A successful applicant will have a minimum AMEB Grade 4 standard in their chosen instrument for the MBSO Youth Symphony, and/or minimum AMEB Grade 5 standard in their chosen instrument if they wish to also play in MBSO. If you fit this category, and play either Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Bassoon or Tuba, you are invited to apply. The available scholarships include paid membership and free instrument hire (tuba and bass clarinet) for one year. Click on the 'MBSO Scholarship Application Form 2018.pdf' under 'Other Publications' on the right-hand-side column.

Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2018

Know someone who is learning an instrument or in school and playing an instrument? Love playing in an environment with like-minded people? Have a passion for music? Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2018! Click on the "Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles" under "Other Publications" on the right-hand-side column.