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The Australian Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative training organisations for young pre-professional musicians. AYO presents tailored training and performance programs each year for aspiring musicians, composers, recording engineers, orchestra managers and music journalists aged 12 to 30 years. Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of Australia’s finest young instrumentalists across metropolitan and regional Australia.

AYO occupies a special place in the musical culture of Australia, where one generation of brilliant musicians inspires the next. Today, more than 65% of musicians working in Australian orchestras are AYO alumni, and countless AYO alumni are members of the finest professional orchestras worldwide.


How should I choose a program?

Each of our programs caters for a different age group and skill level. Many participants follow the AYO training pathway from start to finish, and some come along to programs intermittently. AYO offers the flexibility to pick and choose the programs that suit you best.

There’s plenty to choose from, including a range of both performance-based and non-instrumental programs. 


Application process

Audition dates and requirements

Portfolio dates and requirements

Financial assistance and scholarships

Frequently asked questions


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AYO Young Symphonists
Age 12–17

Perform with like-minded young musicians from around Australia

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AYO National Music Camp
Age 14–22

Gather with musicians from around the country and immerse yourself in a sensational summer of music

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Australian Youth Orchestra
Age 25 and under

Join the ranks of Australia's most talented young musicians in our flagship ensemble

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AYO Chamber Players
Age 18–28

Study chamber music at an advanced level

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AYO Orchestral Career Development
Age 18–25

Gain unique access to life in a professional orchestra

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Orchestral Management
Age 18–28

Step behind the scenes and learn how an orchestra runs   

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Words About Music
Age 18–30

Share your passion for music through the art of communication

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Sound Production
Age 18–30

Master the art of sound recording

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Age 16–30

Refine your composition skills and create an orchestral masterpiece