Selangor Symphony Youth Orchestra (SSYO)
The Selangor Symphony Youth Orchestra (SSYO), formerly known as the Eugene Pook Orchestra Academy, offers immersive weekly orchestra training programmes and unique performing opportunities for talented young musicians to expand their artistic talents. Members of the youth orchestra will be coached by the professional players of the Selangor Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and will have the opportunities to observe SSO rehearsals and rehearse and perform side by side with SSO. Check out the SSO Fellowship programme which offers the platform for highly talented young musicians to perform regularly with the SSO.
We welcome any players who play the violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, french horn, trumpet, or trombone to join us. The SSYO rehearses on Every Saturdays 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Our orchestra classes include the following topics and activities:
Orchestra technique class
Orchestra rehearsal (sectional and/or full orchestra)
Watch rehearsals of SSO
Side-by-side performance with the SSO
Opportunities to be conducted by SSO guest conductors
Participate in masterclasses coached by SSO guest soloists
Special workshop on educational topics presented by scholars and renowned guest speakers
The main requisites for joining the orchestra are enthusiasm and commitment. We welcome any players from age 10 and above to join us and be part our orchestra family. All string players who wish to join us will need to play the following 2 short excerpts by submitting a video recoding. You may use your mobile phone or tablet to record your video. For audition pieces for woodwind & brasswind, kindly contact us. Strings audition pieces for SSYO can be downloaded HERE
RM600/Term per orchestra member (one Term is 3 months)
All orchestra members pay by Term
Each Term is inclusive of public holidays
New players pay one-time RM40 registration fee. Registration fee comes with a SSYO t-shirt
Please note that Term 4 ends in mid December
The SSYO is being supported by Mindspace Sdn Bhd. To find out more Mindspace please visit https://www.mindspace.my/
Virtual Conducting Workshop
"Introductory Workshop for Conductors" has been successfully completed. Congratulations to all 17 participants for completing all 5 classes in 4 weeks in June 2020. There were many valuable topics covered during the workshop taught in group and individual sessions. We must thank our teachers/conductors Mr Kevin Field, Professor Harry Spence Lyth, and Mr Eugene Pook for dedicating their time to share their expertise. We wish all participants the best in their musical endeavour and we will certainly be in touch with you and hope to see you all soon again!
Winning Admission & Scholarships
on 26th April 2020, 10am - 11:30am
Meet The Maestro
on 23 April 2020, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Community Outreach at the Alzheimer Disease Foundation Malaysia
on 12th December 2019, 10am
"Very often, we get caught up with our day to day busyness and we forget the joy of living and giving. Today, I had the privilege to bring a little bit of joy, through music, to a group of Alzheimer patients. It brings back perspective to life... to take a pause in life and celebrate life as it is, not as what it should be; giving is a privilege. Big shoutout to Eugene Pook for organising this outreach community service for the young ones." - Amanda Loo (parent of EPOA orchestra member)
"Christmas Symphony" at 1Utama Shopping Mall
on 7th December 2019, 5pm
Annual Concert "Music Anime and Superheroes
29 September 2019, The Gardens Theatre, Kuala Lumpur
Get A Taste Of Orchestra Instruments
(held on18th & 24th August 2019)
The 2-day free trial on orchestra instruments attracted more than 50 children who came to experience what it’s like to hold real orchestral instruments! During the 2-hour session, children (and their parents too!) had the opportunities to try out various brass, woodwind, and string instruments, and to discover their interest and unleash their talent. During the session, our passionate musicians demonstrated the sound and character of their instruments, our academy principal Eugene Pook talked about the importance of ensemble participation and how it can benefit young children and also what it’s like to be a professional musician. The afternoon ended with Q & A session. We thank The Saxophone Store for providing winds instruments for the events.
Opening performance at the Hong Kong International Music Festival
(Malaysia preliminary round)
Our recent performance for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Award & Concert Preliminary Round of Hong Kong International Music Festival held at Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park held on 3 August 2019. Performed by the Eugene Pook Orchestra Academy and students and staff of Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park and guest players...and conducted by CAPTAIN AMERICA!
"Orchestra Workshop & Concert" with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Our players participated in "Orchestra Workshop & Concert" on 7th & 8th May 2019 coached by the professional musicians of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, event was organized by Tenby Schools, Setia Eco Park.
Swan Lake production
(7 December 2018)
A Charity performance in aid of Make A Wish Malaysia's Wish Ball 2018 held on 7 December 2018 in Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur. Selected pieces from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake were performed in collaboration with dancers from KL Dance Works.
Symphony Under The Stars
(24 March 2018)