The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation’s history began in 1964 with the first National Youth Orchestra camp being held in Gauteng under the auspices of the South African Society of Music Teachers. With a history of 50 years of orchestral development, the Foundation of the National Youth Orchestra supports the training and development of South Africa’s young musicians through National Courses and National and International Tours within its annual programme. 71% of South African musicians currently performing with professional orchestras in the country have participated in our orchestra courses.

The Foundation promotes successful careers for internationally recognised musicians and the National Youth Orchestra has performed on international platforms.