The impact of our supporters' generosity

Thanks to the generosity of AYO’s community of 350+ supporters in 2016, we raised $1.2 million of vital funds which made it possible for our young musicians to embark on the AYO journey.

These talented musicians were immersed in rich, unique musical experiences which enabled them to:

  • become part of a motivating network of like-minded peers, comprising 345 of the best young musicians in the country
  • be tutored by 87 professional musicians from national and international orchestras, to gain valuable insights from positive role models who have forged diverse and successful careers
  • be challenged and inspired to reach new levels of artistic excellence by performing epic repertoire with world-leading conductors and guests artists including Manfred Honeck, Hélène Grimaud, Brad Cohen, James Crabb and Genevieve Lacey
  • join a historical legacy by performing in prestigious venues where musical legends have performed, ranging from the 17th century Concertgebouw through to Beijing’s newest Performing Arts Centre
  • experience the thrill of performing as professional musicians in high profile concert venues including Hamer Hall and the Sydney Opera House to paying audiences
  • develop practical vocational skills including teamwork, leadership, health & wellbeing, audition techniques and career pathways
  • receive immediate and positive feedback from appreciative audiences across Europe, Asia and Australia including numerous standing ovations at concerts and audience feedback, such as ’this was one of the best performances of the Mahler that I've heard.’

AYO musician Julia Janiszewski said of her experience last year: ‘These programs represent the cornerstone of professional musical development in this country, and are also the setting of some of my most fond memories of friendship, travel and exhilarating musical experiences. I will never forget my time at AYO, and indeed those who made my participation possible'.

We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our loyal community of supporters who enable AYO to deliver on our promise to empower all young musicians with musical knowledge, inspiration and a lifelong love of music.