How to apply
AYO instrumental programs

Step 1 Log in

Create an AYO Community Hub account, or log into your existing account to complete an application online. Only one application is required per person, regardless of how many instruments or programs you are applying for.

Step 2 Select your instrument

You may apply for more than one instrument. The following instruments are eligible:

/ Violin
/ Viola
/ Cello
/ Double bass


/ Flute
/ Oboe
/ Clarinet
/ Bassoon


/ French horn
/ Trumpet
/ Tenor trombone
/ Bass trombone
/ Tuba


/ Percussion
/ Timpani
/ Harp
/ Piano

Percussionists are not required to apply for timpani, however all timpani applicants must also apply for percussion.

Wind instrument applicants are encouraged to audition on their respective doubling instruments as well as their first instrument. Eligible doubling instruments include:

/ Piccolo
/ Cor anglais
/ E-flat clarinet
/ Bass clarinet
/ Contrabassoon

Step 3
 Select your program(s)

AYO recommends that you apply for all programs you are eligible and available for. Applicants should:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria as specified for each program
  • Make themselves available for the full period listed for each program
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident or enrolled in full time study in Australia during 2022

Step 4 Submit your application

Upon submitting your application, you will be able to download your audition excerpts. To submit your application, you will need to pay the non-refundable application fee of $65.

AYO is committed to ensuring all musicians are able to apply regardless of financial or geographical barriers. If you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot cover the application fee, please contact AYO by phone on 1300 668 500 or email at


Step 5 Submit your audition

All instrumental applicants should submit a recorded audition online. The audition portal will open on Wednesday 20 July, and you will be able to upload your audition at any time until the due date.

String auditions due Tuesday 9 September
Wind, brass, percussion, harp and piano auditions due Thursday 8 September
Established ensemble auditions due Thursday 8 September

View audition requirements

Step 6 Results released

The first round of results will be released on Tuesday 18 October.

All applicants will receive a successful, reserve, or unsuccessful result for each program they are eligible for. Successful participants must secure their place by accepting their offer.

Reserve offers are given to the highest ranking unsuccessful applicants, who may be offered a place if a successful applicant declines their offer. A second round of results will be sent to applicants with a reserve offer on Thursday 27 October, and a third round on Friday 4 November.

Step 7 Apply for financial assistance

If you have received an offer for AYO in 2023, you may now apply for financial assistance.

AYO is committed to ensuring that all eligible musicians are able to participate in our programs regardless of financial and geographic barriers. We have a generous financial assistance program which helps participants offset the program fees and travel costs associated with attending AYO programs. Find out more.

Further questions? Visit our FAQ page