Interview and portfolio requirements

All applicants for AYO’s Words About Music, Orchestral Management and Sound Production programs are offered an interview, and asked to provide a portfolio. Composition applicants are asked to provide a portfolio.


Interview requirements


All Orchestral Management, Words About Music and Sound Production applicants will be interviewed by video call by the relevant program tutor and a member of AYO staff in the week commencing Monday 19 September. Interviews are roughly 15 minutes in length, and will involve a short discussion about your career aspirations and reasons for applying to the program.


Portfolio requirements


Applicants will also be asked to provide a portfolio of supporting materials. Portfolios and interview results are completely confidential and will not be discussed outside AYO, nor will they be made available to any other organisation.

Arts administration and composition portfolios are due by Thursday 8 September

Sound Production

  • Curriculum Vitae
    This should include your educational background, musical background and any previous experience (although this is not a requirement) in the area of sound production.
  • Written statement
    Tell us about your aspirations within the field of sound production, and explain your reasons for applying to the program (Maximum A4 page)
  • Any additional information that you feel is relevant to your application.

Words About Music

  • Curriculum Vitae
    This should include your educational background, work experience, interests and any significant publications (Maximum 3 x A4 pages)
  • Written statement 1
    Tell us about your aspirations within the areas of broadcasting, music journalism, criticism, marketing, communications, etc., and explain your reasons for applying to the program (Maximum 250 words)
  • Written statement 2
    What do you consider to be an effective use of social media to communicate about music?
    (250–500 words)
  • An example of excellent writing
    One written piece that you consider to be excellent music journalism. This could be a concert review, feature, passage of prose from a book etc. Provide a brief statement discussing what you like about your chosen piece, and what makes it well-written
    (250–500 words)

Orchestral Management

  • Curriculum Vitae
    This should include your educational background, musical background, employment and any previous experience in the area of arts administration or orchestral management
  • Written statement
    Tell us about your aspirations within the field of orchestral management, and your reasons for applying to the program (Maximum A4 page)
  • Any additional information that you feel is relevant to your application.

Composition

  • Curriculum Vitae
    This should include your educational background, musical background, and any previous experience in the area of composition.
  • Written statement
    Tell us about your aspirations within the field of composition, and explain your reasons for applying to the program (Maximum A4 page)
  • Two recent compositions
    For each composition please provide a full score and, if available, a recording (a midi recording is acceptable)
  • List of compositions
    Please include a list of your compositions to date and provide details on any relevant performances of your work

Interview / assessment panel



The interview and assessment panellists for AYO’s 2023 auditions are as follows:

Sound Production   Tony David Cray
    Eliza McCracken

Words About Music


 

Phillip Sametz
Candice Wise

Orchestral Management

  Elissa Seed
Warren Lenthall
Composition



Anne Cawrse