FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Applications


Why is there an audition fee?

The $65 audition fee goes towards covering the running cost of auditions.


Auditions


How does AYO ensure that all auditions are treated fairly?

To ensure that all applicants are assessed in a fair and equitable manner, all auditions of the same instrument will be assessed by the same panel. Any panellist who is also the teacher of an applicant will not assess their audition. The panel’s assessments are also reviewed by AYO’s artistic team.

AYO understands that participants may have access to a range of recording equipment. Differences in recording quality will not be considered when determining the outcome of auditions.

Where can I get my audition excerpts?

After you have completed your application you will have instant access to the 2021 excerpts. You’ll find them in the portal under ‘My Auditions’.

Can I submit a video that I’ve already recorded for a different purpose?

No, applicants should prepare a new video to submit as their AYO 2021 audition.

Do I have to perform all of my excerpts in one take?

Yes, all of your audition excerpts should be performed in order, in one take. No editing (titles, cuts, cropping, etc.) is permitted. Percussionists may find that arranging their instruments in a semi-circle with the camera placed in the middle, and turning the camera in between excerpts, is an effective way to film the audition in one continuous take.

I submitted my application a week before the audition deadline, can I have extra time?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept auditions that are submitted late, as the audition panel will begin assessing auditions immediately after the deadline.

Can I have feedback on my audition?

Due to the high volume of applicants for AYO programs we are unable to provide individual feedback on auditions.


Interviews and portfolios


Can I have feedback on my portfolio?

Due to the high volume of applicants for AYO programs we are unable to provide individual feedback on portfolios.


Offers


I have a reserve spot for an AYO program. What happens now?

Only a handful of musicians receive a reserve offer, so having one is a great achievement. The changing of a reserve offer to a successful offer is completely dependent upon how many participants withdraw from a program, which makes it impossible for us to predict! To protect our applicants’ privacy we are unable to disclose information about reserve lists.


Money matters


Will I be able to get a refund if a program is cancelled?

Yes, if AYO cancels the program after you have paid program fees these will be refunded to you in full.

Will I be able to get a refund if I withdraw from a program?

Yes, applicants are able to receive a refund if they withdraw from a program. However, if costs have been incurred by AYO (such as flights being booked on behalf of the applicant), this will be deducted from your refund amount.

When do I have to pay my fees?

Fees should be paid in full upon accepting your offer(s). If you are unable to pay your fees up front, we ask that you put in place a payment plan or apply for financial assistance.

How does a payment plan work?

A payment plan allows you to pay a portion of your total fees each month over a year.

Can I wait until I receive notification of my financial assistance application to pay my fees?

Yes. If we receive an application for financial assistance, we will wait for the outcome before asking you for payment.


Programs


When will I receive my music?

You will receive your music at least one month before the start of your AYO program.

What do you mean by ‘shared accommodation’?

Accommodation varies a little from program to program, but we usually stay in university accommodation or similar. Sometimes you’ll share a room with other musicians, and sometimes you’ll have a room to yourself.

I live in the town or city where my program is held. Can I stay at home?

Embarking on an adventure away from home is one of the most enjoyable parts of the AYO experience. Activities often take place in the evenings, and for this reason we encourage you to stay on site with the rest of your colleagues.

I can only attend one of the two AYO seasons, can I still participate?

To be a part of the Australian Youth Orchestra you must be available to participate in both seasons.

Can I miss the first day because of another commitment?

No. Participants must arrive and depart on the days outlined in the program details.

How do I withdraw from an AYO program?

If you can no longer attend an AYO program, please contact us at the AYO office to arrange your withdrawal.

Do you have a conducting program?

Unfortunately we do not offer a conducting program.


Parents’ corner


Can I volunteer to help out on a program?

Absolutely! If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with the AYO office.

Will there be somebody to meet my child at the airport?

Yes. One of our staff members waits at the airport to oversee transfers for all AYO musicians.

Is there a curfew at night time?

Yes. All musicians under 18 are required to sign in at their accommodation every evening. The curfew time varies a little from program to program, depending on evening rehearsals and activities.