About UNOF

The Norwegian Youth Orchestra Organization (UNOF) is a national organization for school orchestras and youth orchestras in Norway. UNOF has 4.700 members between the age of 4 – 26, coming from 147 local orchestras all over Norway.


UNOF´s administration is located in Oslo.

Political issues

UNOF is actively advocating their members’ interests in different fora. Through other large youth organizations, UNOF is lobbying for better terms for non-profit organizations for children and youth.

Specifically, UNOF is advocating musical training for children and youth with focus on orchestras and ensemble playing. In addition, UNOF facilitates children and youth´s ability to influence their own organization and development.

UNOF receives funding from the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion.

National orchestras and summer music camps

UNOF organizes two national orchestras for children and youth: Norwegian Youth Symphony Orchestra (NUSO) and Norwegian Children Symphony Orchestra (NBSO).

In addition, during the summer months, there are 14 different music camps in different parts of Norway organized by UNOF members.


Membership Benefits

If your orchestra is considering becoming a UNOF member, these are the good reasons to join:

  • UNOF has unique knowledge and experience with organizing and running school orchestras.
  • UNOF acts as a link between the field of amateur orchestras and funding authorities.
  • UNOF works actively toward the political field to enhance children and youth orchestras´working conditions.
  • UNOF offers advantageous member benefits such as insurance, stipends, and sheet music.
  • UNOF offers training and educational programs for their members (for musicians, music teachers, conductors, and partens)

UNOF´s administration shares offices with other non-profit organizations in the music field, among them The Council for Music Organisations in Norway.


Contact Us

Mailing Address

De Unges Orkesterforbund
Postboks 4651 Sofienberg
0506 OSLO

Tel: 94 00 11 00
E-mail: unof@unof.no

Visiting address:

Trondheimsveien 2, Building J,  6th floor
Note: you will find the entrance on Herslebs gate, close to Schous Plass



Terje Winther

Terje works closely with partner organizations, political issues, our insurance agreement, member service and NUSO

Torunn Kristoffersen
Management Assistant (80%)

Torunn organizes courses, projects, sheet music, NUSO, member services and visits member orchestras. She is also project manager for «Orkester for alle». In addition, Torunn works 20 % for UNOF Oslo.

Even Tømte
Information Officer (temp)

Even is responsible for UNOF´s web page, and general information to members, media, politicians, and other organizations.


Norwegian Youth Symphony Orchestra (NUSO)

NUSO is a national youth orchestra owned and organized by UNOF. The 100 members come from all over Norway, are between 13 – 20 years, and are selected through auditions.

The musicians are highly skilled, and the orchestra provides an important meeting place and unique learing platform for young musicians.

NUSO usually meets during one intense summer week to learn new repertiore and play concerts. Every year, the orchestra finds new concert venues and explores different parts of Norway. NUSO has also visited the Edinburgh festival, Barcelona, and has contributed in several TV-programs on Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK). In 2008, the orchestra gave concerts in the two European Capitals of Culture, Liverpool and Sandnes.

Conductors and Soloists

Peter Sebastian Szilvay has been NUSO´s music director since 2009. He conducted the orchestra for the first time in 2005, when NUSO was touring Sweden. Alf Richard Kraggerud was the orcherstra´s music director from 2000 – 2009. Reknowned soloists like Leif Ove Andsnes, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Arve Tellevsen have all performed with the orchestra.

The music

New programs are rehearsed every year; important repertory works, varied works for soloists, and contemporary music. In 2008, NUSO world premiered a piece by Norwegian composer Sven Lyder Kahrs and worked closely with the composer. In 2012, NUSO visited the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund and performed a program of film music combined with live film.

Contact us

NUSO – Norsk Ungdomssymfoniorkester
Postboks 4651 Sofienberg
NO – 0506 OSLO

Telephone: +47 94 00 11 00
E-mail: nuso@unof.no