The Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra (NYPCO) was formed in September 1996 with a pioneer batch of 45 members. Today, it boasts of 120 members from NYP's 7 different schools. Comprising of both full-time students as well as alumni members who return regularly to practise and perform, the orchestra presents a vast selection of repertoire, from unique and modern spin of traditional Chinese music, to new interpretations of western classical, mandopop, and even Korean pop.
The Orchestra competed at the 18th Australian International Music Festival in June 2007 and was awarded a Gold award in the instrumental category. The Orchestra also achieved the Gold Award in 2011 Asia Pacific Chinese Music Youth Competition that was held in Miaoli, Taiwan, competing with 11 other teams from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong that participated.