Live Auditions for Instrumental Programs
All instrumentalists are required to attend a live audition in order to be eligible for 2016 AYO programs, with the exception of piano and harp applicants.

Applicants are required to prepare and perform a set of AYO orchestral excerpts. These excerpts will be available for download from the AYO website upon completion of the application and payment process. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will receive your excerpts.

In addition, all applicants (except percussion and timpani) are required to perform a short piece of your own choice, without an accompanist. It is recommended that applicants choose

a work, or section of a work, which addresses the following points:

/ Clearly demonstrates the applicant’s technical proficiency

/ Emphasises the applicant’s musicianship

/ Perform contrasting musical material

/ No more than 5 minutes in length

Applicants are not required to perform complete works, a carefully selected passage of a longer piece is acceptable. Due to time constraints, the audition panel may elect to hear only part of the applicant’s piece. Applicants are strongly advised to check the selection of their piece with their teacher.

AYO will make an audio-visual recording of all live auditions for archival purposes.

Audition Panels

Strings Molly Kadarauch, TBC

Wind and Brass Vivienne Collier-Vickers, Hugh Ponnuthurai

Percussion and Timpani Mark Robinson

Piano Stephen Emmerson

Harp Julie Raines

Recorded Auditions

Three categories of applicants are eligible to submit recorded auditions:

/ All piano and harp applicants must submit an audio-visual recorded audition

/ String quartets, wind quintets and piano trios applying for AYO Chamber Players must submit an audio-visual recording of a recent performance, or a recording made specifically for the 2016 AYO audition process

/ Applicants from regional areas, or those who are unable to audition on their scheduled day for certified medical reasons, may submit an audio-visual recorded audition

If you are unable to audition on your instrument’s scheduled day please contact AYO as soon as possible to confirm details for submitting a recorded audition. Approval to submit a recorded audition is at the discretion of the AYO.

Details on how to prepare and submit your recording will be available for download from the AYO website upon completion of the application and payment process. It is essential that the recording of your own-choice piece is unaccompanied and specifically recorded for the 2016 AYO audition process.

Applicants are advised to seek advice on how best to make an effective and successful recording. It is in your best interests to provide the high quality recording possible to ensure you are accurately assessed.

The final date for receipt of all recorded auditions is Friday 7 August 2015. Materials received after this date will not be eligible for consideration.

Non-Instrumental Programs

Applicants for Orchestral Management, Words About Music, Sound Production or Composition programs at AYO National Music Camp are required to submit a portfolio, including CV, written materials and scores etc.

Full details of requirements will be available for download from the AYO website on receipt of your completed online application and payment.

The final date for receipt of written applications and portfolios is Friday 7 August 2015.

Interviews for Orchestral Management, Words About Music and Sound Production will take place in September 2015.

Interview Panels

Orchestral Management David Harrod, Lucy Ericson

Sound Production Andrew Dixon, Lucy Ericson

Words About Music Alastair McKean

Composition Elliott Gyger