Australian Youth Orchestra

All your experience as a student and player reaches a pinnacle when you become a member of AYO’s flagship ensemble: the Australian Youth Orchestra. Selection in the AYO is an acknowledgement of excellence at a national level.

With this program, you’ll witness the rich possibilities available to you in today’s world of orchestral music-making. You’ll collaborate with like-minded national peers as well as some of the world’s most inspiring artists. The program gives participants the chance to tackle rewarding repertoire, while performing in prestigious venues across Australia.



AYO Winter Season

Sir Mark Elder CH CBE

Sir Mark Elder has been Music Director of the Hallé since September 2000.  He was Music Director of English National Opera (1979-1993), Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1992 – 1995) and Music Director of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, USA (1989 – 1994). Read More.


AYO Summer Season

Matthew Coorey

Matthew Coorey began his conducting career in 2003 when he was appointed Assistant Conductor to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This initial one-year contract then became a three-year commitment when he was appointed the RLPO’s first Conductor in Residence.
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Repertoire to include


  • STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony, Op.64


  • FORD The Meaning of Trees (World Premiere)

    STRAVINSKY The Firebird – Suite (1911)


What to expect on the program

As a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, you will undertake two orchestral seasons alongside the best young musicians from across the country. In April, musicians will gather to rehearse before performing a series of exciting concerts. In July, the orchestra will come together once again to delight audiences with another exhilarating concert series.


A highlight of being a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra is performing in some of the most incredible concert venues, and working with some of the world’s greatest musical minds. See the orchestra in action below.