Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) is the State's major orchestral training and performance organisation for young musicians aged 7 to 25. Founded by John Curro AM MBE (1932-2019) in 1966, QYO is now under the artistic leadership of Simon Hewett. QYO is renowned as a world-class youth orchestra organisation and a member of Youth Orchestras Australia (YOA), a network comprising the major state youth orchestras of Australia and the Australian Youth Orchestra. QYO currently has seven ensembles: three symphony orchestras, two concert bands, junior string ensemble and big band. Each group has its own program of activities including rehearsals, tutorials, concerts, camps and tours.The Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) String Quartet consists of advanced musicians from QYO's leading orchestra, the Queensland Youth Symphony.