AYO Young Symphonists


AYO Young Symphonists is a program designed specifically for
12–17 year olds who aim to achieve excellence in highly challenging orchestral repertoire. 
Based on the wisdom that great music is the best source of inspiration and learning for any musician, this program opens the endless possibilities available to young musicians looking to experience the joy of symphonic music-making. 


As an AYO Young Symphonist, you will:

  • join the best young musicians across Australia in a residential program including accommodation and meals
  • be mentored by Australia’s most respected musical directors and tutors
  • participate in intensive week-long training, including rehearsals and tutorials to take your music-making to the next level- showcase your skills in a public performance.

Audition requirements

All instrumentalists are required to attend a live audition


Perform a set of AYO orchestral excerpts and a short piece of your choice

Panel assessment criteria

- Clearly demonstrates the applicant’s technical proficiency

- Emphasises the applicant’s musicianship

- Perform contrasting musical material

- No more than five minutes in length

Roger Benedict

Roger Benedict, Music Director

Roger Benedict’s wide-ranging career has encompassed work as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and conductor. He was principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, from 1991–2000 and since 2002 has been principal viola of the Sydney Symphony. Roger taught at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997–2002. In addition to to his teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium, Roger also is a tutor to the European Union Youth Orchestra and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program, Australasia’s leading professional training program for musicians.