AYO National Music Camp

The highlight of the year for many young Australian musicians, AYO National Music Camp is a whirlwind of new faces, exhilarating challenges and uplifting performances. Immerse yourself in an intense week of musical experience, let yourself be inspired by tutors, artists and conductors of international standing, and experience music-making at an elite national level as part of a superb symphony or chamber orchestra.


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Brad Cohen | Conductor

Australian conductor Brad Cohen graduated from St. John's College Oxford, and studied with Celibidache and Bernstein in Germany, making his professional debut at the 1992 Almeida Festival. Read More


Tzelaw Chan | Conductor

Singaporean conductor Tzelaw Chan is Music Director of Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) and the award-winning Orchestra of The Music Makers (OMM). Read More


Kirsten Williams  |
Chamber Orchestra Director

Kirsten Williams was appointed Concertmaster of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in 2019. From 2021, her CSO role has grown to encompass a range of orchestral development and community engagement activities. Read More


Repertoire to include

  • RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances
  • DVORAK Symphony No.9 New World
  • SUK Serenade for Strings, Op.6


Instrumental Tutors

Violin | Elizabeth Layton Oboe | Nicola Bell
Violin | Susannah Ng Clarinet | TBA
Violin | Jenny Khafagi Bassoon | Matthew Kneale
Violin | Lachlan Bramble Horn | Roman Ponomariov
Viola | Stephen King Trumpet | Sarah Butler
Viola | Katie Yap
Trombone | Mitchell Nissen
Cello | Sharon Grigoryan Tuba | David Cribb
Cello | Howard Penny Percussion | Tom O'Kelly
Double Bass | Damien Eckersley Harp | Jacinta Dennett
Double Bass | Robert Nairn Piano | Leigh Harrold
Flute | Lisa-Maree Amos    


What to expect on the program

You’ll join the country’s best young musicians for a fully catered residential program. Over the course of the program musicians will be engaged in orchestral and sectional rehearsals, as well as tutorials with some of Australia’s most respected instrumental tutors and conductors.

Each musician will also gain practical skills in areas that support their performance aspirations including sound recording, promotion, presenting, and stagecraft. In addition, all participants will have the opportunity to explore the world of chamber music as part of a small chamber ensemble. At the conclusion of the program participants will showcase their combined efforts in a series of exciting orchestral concert performances.

With an action-packed schedule it’s important that your focus is on the program at hand. Rest assured you will be well looked after, allowing you to concentrate on your preparation and performance. We provide airport transfers, comfortable shared accommodation and three meals per day for every participant.


One of the most exciting aspects of AYO National Music Camp is putting on a spectacular concert series at the culmination of the program. Hear musician’s from this year’s Autumn Camp performing works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Prokofiev under the baton of Umberto Clerici.