About AYO

The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative training organisations for young musicians. Our specialised training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of the most gifted young instrumentalists across metropolitan and regional Australia: from exceptional school-aged musicians to emerging young practitioners 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 to help them achieve their goals.

How should I choose a program?

Each of our programs caters to Australia’s finest young musicians at varying stages of their creative and professional development. Many participants start as young as twelve and follow the AYO training pathway from start to finish, while others select individual programs that complement their study schedule and stages of development. AYO offers the flexibility to pick and choose the programs that suit you best, and we encourage you to apply for all eligible and available programs. Our programs vary to suit your needs, ranging from performance-based to non-instrumental.

AYO Young Symphonists

AYO YOUNG SYMPHONISTS
Age 12–17

Start your AYO journey here! Practise and perform with other young musicians from around Australia for an immersive, intensive week of symphonic music.

 

AYO National Music Camp

AYO NATIONAL
MUSIC CAMP

Age 14–22

The highlight of the year for many young Australian musicians; gather with your peers and enjoy this intensive fortnight of orchestral music making.

 

Australian Youth Orchestra

AUSTRALIAN
YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Age 25 and under

Play with the internationally renowned flagship ensemble
in a challenging and rewarding setting.

AYO Autumn & Winter Seasons

 

AYO Chamber Players

AYO CHAMBER PLAYERS
Age 18–28

Study chamber music in residence with leading professional ensembles

 

 

AYO Orchestral Career Development

AYO ORCHESTRAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Age 18–25

Gain unique access to life in a professional orchestra
ASO Fellowships &
MSO String Fellowships

AYO Composition

AYO
COMPOSITION
Age 16–30

Refine your composition skills and create an orchestral masterpiece

 

AYO Orchestral Management

AYO ORCHESTRAL MANAGEMENT
Age 18–30

Take a peek backstage to learn how an orchestra runs.



 

AYO Words About Music

AYO
WORDS ABOUT MUSIC
Age 18–30

Share your passion for music through the written word.



AYO Sound Production

AYO SOUND PRODUCTION
Age 18–30

Learn the skills required to become an experienced sound engineer.