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The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has a reputation for being one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative training organisations for young, 
pre-professional musicians. Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of Australia’s finest young instrumentalists across metropolitan and regional Australia: from the emerging, gifted, school-aged student, to those on the verge of a professional career. AYO presents tailored training and performance programs each year for aspiring musicians, composers, arts administrators and music journalists aged 12 to 30.

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, and we recommend that you apply for all programs you are eligible and available for. There’s plenty to choose from, including a range of both performance-based and non-instrumental programs.

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Age 12-17

Perform with like-minded young musicians from around Australia

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Music Camp

Age 14-22

Immerse yourself in a sensational summer of music


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Age 25 and under

Play with our internationally-renowned flagship ensemble


AYO Chamber

Age 18-28

Study chamber music at an advanced level

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Career Development
Age 18-25

Gain unique access to life in a professional orchestra


Age 18-28

Step behind the scenes and discover how an orchestra runs


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Age 18-30

Share your passion for music through the art of communication

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Age 18-30

Become an experienced sound engineer

Age 16-30

Refine your composition skills and create an orchestral masterpiece