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Australian Youth Orchestra | Applications Open for Australian Youth Orchestra Programs

The Australian Youth Orchestra invites the country’s finest young musicians, composers and arts administrators to apply for the prestigious programs offered in 2018. The AYO runs innovative programs for musicians aged 12-30, from the emerging, gifted, school-aged student, to those on the verge of a professional career.
As an internationally recognised orchestral training ground, the AYO provides young players with the opportunity to extend their classical music training education and experience.
The programs on offer are available to all young instrumentalists across metropolitan and regional Australia, and form a training pathway which has been developed to nurture these young musicians along the various stages of their musical development. Applications for the 2018 programs are open from Tuesday 13 June, and close on Friday 30 June.
Each year the AYO receives over 1000 applications from gifted musicians across Australia.
“The AYO has been inspiring Australia’s young musicians for more than 65 years and the demand for a place in these transformative programs remains strong. Last year alone we received more than 1200 applications for our programs. Generations of musicians attest to the fact that joining the AYO can be a life changing experience,” said CEO, Colin Cornish.
In 2018, Australia’s best musical talent will be mentored by the world’s most celebrated conductors, tutors, industry professionals and musicians including:

Auditions are held in every capital city, and are scheduled throughout August and September. In addition, the AYO will hold auditions in regional centres including Armidale, Orange and Townsville.
For more information about the application process and eligibility criteria, please visit