Monday 6th January, 2020







did their very first

AYO program.

Welcome  aboard!

It's wonderful to have you

in the AYO community.



AYO musicians passed their casual audition for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as part of the ASO Fellowships!


Musicians received mentoring from ASO musicians before undertaking an audition for the orchestra. Well done to Cassie Slater, Alexandra Allan, Andrew Fong, Stephanie Sheridan, Tim Allen-Ankins, Amanda Chen, Justin Julian, Hamish Jamieson, and Vanessa Li.


AYO bassoonist Stephanie shared her excitement of passing the audition.













"I PASSED! Yesterday I sat my first ever
casual/sub audition and passed! It has
been SUCH an inspiring and exciting week
undertaking a fellowship with the Adelaide
Symphony…I couldn’t wipe that smile off my face.
It’s really nice to be able to leave an audition
experience and not care about the result
because you had so much fun.”


Program participants hailed from all

Australian states and territories, with the youngest aged 14 and

the oldest aged 28.

concerts were performed across the programs in 19 different venues.




young musicians received awards from the Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund. 




There were program places on offer for young Australian musicians in 2019.

AYO ensembles presented Australian works this year, including five premieres!


“What a treat to perform last night with the Momentum Ensemble and my most favourite musicians… conducted by Nigel Westlake. Thank you @australianyouthorchestra
and @nationaltheatre for such a special night!”

- Lior Attar, Australian singer-songwriter


“It’s wonderful to hear back from overseas that there was a great reception and the piece was received really well!"

- Holly Harrison, Composer



There are plenty of ways to stay involved as an alumni with AYO. Meet some of the alumni who were familiar faces on programs this year.

Eliza Shephard

Flute, 2010-2015

Current Momentum Ensemble musician

Librarian, AYO National Music Camp



Lachlan Skipworth

Composition, 2007

Commissioned Composer,

Momentum Ensemble




Belinda McFarlane

Violin, 1983-1988

Tutor, AYO International Tour
Director, Momentum Ensemble


Patrick Brearley

Viola, 2008-2015

Residential Coordinator,

AYO National Music Camp 



AYO alumni were named finalists for the prestigious Freedman Classical Fellowship - Violist Katie Yap and Double Bassists Rohan Dasika and Jonathon Heilbron competed in an outstanding final concert where Rohan was awarded the Fellowship. Bravo to all!



AYO performances featured in  radio broadcasts, both in Australia and overseas. 




There were  new episodes released on the AYO podcast this year - which were listened to in over 50 countries!




The AYO Facebook Community ticked over  followers this year.