About Us

Adelaide Youth Orchestras

Each year Adelaide Youth Orchestras provides around 270 of South Australia’s most talented young musicians with the opportunity to flourish in a vibrant musical environment. Selected from a wide demographic, based on musical talent, these young performers make a dynamic contribution to the state’s creative landscape. Performing the classics and new works, our orchestras reach diverse audiences across city and regional settings.

Our organisation features five distinct orchestras: Adelaide Youth Strings, Adelaide Youth Winds, Adelaide Youth Sinfonia, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra, and the flagship Adelaide Youth Orchestra comprising about 80 of South Australia’s most accomplished musicians. 

Artistic leadership is provided by Keith Crellin OAM. Applying his expertise and mentorship skills, as well as ensuring our students receive guidance from other leading musical educators, including professional musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet and the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Keith inspires and nurtures the next generation of musicians. Some of our young performers will go on to become international soloists or members of Australia’s symphony orchestras or music teachers, but all will gain lifelong benefits from their experience with South Australia’s leading youth music organisation.

Each year our senior orchestra presents a three-concert Maestro Series of masterpieces, while the Youth Strings, Youth Winds, Youth Sinfonia and Youth Wind Orchestra deliver an exciting mix of performances in dynamic settings.

An annual highlight is our Gala Concert, where all five orchestras come together to perform in the great acoustic of the Adelaide Town Hall. Additionally, our expanding outreach activities include concerts across metropolitan Adelaide plus a schools touring program in primary and secondary schools inspiring fellow students to participate in the arts.


Vision, Mission & Values


To be recognised as the leading Australian youth orchestra, giving young South Australians the opportunity to attain the highest standard of musical performance.


To provide talented young South Australian musicians with orchestral training, life skills and education in a safe, empowering and joyful environment.


  1. We aspire to be excellent in all that we do.
  2. Creativity, passion, teamwork, commitment and enjoyment will underpin all our activities.
  3. We will demonstrate integrity and accountability at all times.
  4. We will aim to be accessible to performers and audience members who in normal circumstances might be unable to participate in our activities.
  5. We will recognise the contribution everyone who supports our activities, including players, paid staff and volunteers, members of the corporate and wider community.