• 1980

    The “Singapore Youth Orchestra” is established under the Ministry of Education with the appointment of its first Music Director Ms Vivien Goh.

  • 1986

    The “Singapore Youth Training Orchestra” was formed as a junior orchestra to the main orchestra.

  • 1990

    From 1990-2002, Mr Lim Yau helmed the orchestra as Music Director.


  • 2001

    The “Singapore Youth Orchestra” is renamed as the “Singapore National Youth Orchestra” (SNYO).

    Our Conductors from 2002:
    2002-2004: Robert Casteels (Music Director/ Resident Conductor)
    2005-2010: Lim Soon Lee (Music Director)
    2011-2012: Darrell Ang (Music Director)
    2011-2014: Tan Wee Hsin (Resident Conductor)
    2014-2018: Leonard Tan (Principal Conductor)
    2016-2021: Lin Juan (Associate Conductor)

  • 2015

    The SNYO is transferred from the Ministry of Education to Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.

    The Singapore Symphony Orchestra sets up the SNYO Integration Office to manage the consultation and operational processes for the handover.

  • 2016

    The Singapore Symphony Orchestra takes full operational and management control of the SNYO.

  • 2018

    The SNYO appoints Joshua Tan as its Principal Conductor and Peter Stark as its first-ever Principal Guest Conductor.


  • 2020