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The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the all-Ireland resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland.

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Webinar: Chamber Music Tutor Boost | 28 – 29 November

It looks like December might bring back some live teaching – and even if full orchestras may not be possible for another while, chamber groups are likely again!

We would like to give you a ‘chamber music tutor boost’ in the form of three webinars between Saturday 28 November and Sunday 29 November via Zoom. Register now.

The workshops are for those currently running, teaching or planning to start chamber music programmes, led by Katharina Baker (Coole School of Music and Artistic Director of IAYO’s National Chamber Music Workshops) and Katharine Mac Mághnuis (Athenry Music School).

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Covid-19 Resources

We have developed a webpage to help youth orchestras and other youth and amateur ensembles begin in-person rehearsals in the coming months.

It will contain up-to-date information on protocols and restrictions and links to relevant documents and resources. This is a working document and will be updated regularly.

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Video: Online Workshop on Delivering Online Orchestra and Performance Models

On Thursday, 13 August 2020, Katharine Mac Mághnuis of Athenry Music School delivered an online workshop on delivering online orchestra and performance models – strategy, problems and possible solutions.

You can watch the video “delivering online orchestra and performance models – strategy, problems and possible solutions” above.

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Online and Internet Teaching Resources

IAYO Festival Orchestra 2015 conducted by Robert Houlihan

As our members have had to close their doors to teaching lessons in a classroom setting, we have seen a number of them creating online teaching programmes and conducting their lessons via online platforms such as Skype and Zoom (which is free for unlimited one-on-one meetings / lessons).

We think this is a wonderful idea and we wanted to provide a few resources for anyone who is thinking of starting online lessons, but would like a little bit more information.

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ConCorda Christmas Stocking Filler

Applications are open for the ConCorda Christmas Stocking Filler 2020!

After the success of ConCorda Re-Imagined this summer, ConCorda Chamber Music Course are delighted to bring you a 3-day online ConCorda Christmas Stocking Filler course from the 28–30 December. There will be a fee of €50 to take part in the course is application is successful. Participants must be at least 14 years of age and grade 5 playing standard or above (or equivalent).

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Videos: Online Workshops on Jamulus | Set-up, technical requirements & rehearsal

We recently held two workshops suitable for tutors, teachers and conductors on the computer software Jamulus, delivered by Dr Patrick Early.

Workshop 1: Jamulus Setup Workshop;
Workshop 2: Jamulus Live Rehearsal and Discussion / Feedback.

Click the link to find the videos of the workshops and also useful documentation to accompany them including the presentation slides.

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Office Closed to Visitors due to Covid-19

Just a note to let you know that, in line with the government advice, the IAYO office will be closed to visitors until 20th April. We all plan to keep working away from various locations so the office mobile (086 0570062) will continue to be answered during office hours and we are all available on email as per usual. Our post is being held with An Post and we will receive it all once we re-open.

Wishing you all the best for the coming weeks and hoping that our collective action manages to contain the spread of the virus.


Be a Friend of IAYO!

Celebrate Ireland’s youth orchestras and help to give young musicians from all over Ireland the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Youth Orchestras, IAYO is launching a Friends scheme – an opportunity for everyone who is passionate about Ireland’s youth orchestras and the Festival to support us and the amazing work of our members.

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