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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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Scoil Úna Naofa Violin & Orchestra Project Win IMC 2019 Music Rights Award

We’re absolutely delighted to hear that Scoil Úna Naofa Violin & Orchestra Project has been awarded the International Music Council’s 2019 Music Rights Award!

The Music Rights Award recognizes a programme or project that supports in an exemplary way the Five Music Rights proclaimed by the IMC. This year’s edition takes on a special meaning as it is part of the worldwide celebrations of IMC’s 70th anniversary.

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European Union Youth Orchestra | Applications now open

Applications are now open for the European Union Youth Orchestra Spring and Summer Tours for musicians between the ages of 16 and 26. The tours will take place from 20 March – 15 April 2020 and 20 July – 23 August 2020.

Irish auditions will take place in Dublin on Friday, 15 November 2019. Closing date for applications is Friday, 25 October 2019.

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National Youth Orchestra of Ireland 2019 | Applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2019 National Youth Orchestra of Ireland auditions. Closing date for applications is 16 September.

For the 2019 auditions, all applicants must have reached their 12th birthday by 1 September 2019 and must not have reached their 19th birthday by 1 August 2020. If you are a first-time applicant, you can sign up to participate in a free audition training workshop, taking place in Kilkenny on 28 September and in Roscommon on 29 September.

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IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops | Saturday, 2 November – Sunday, 3 November

IAYO will hold its annual National Chamber Music Workshop on Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 November at Newtown School, Waterford.

Under the direction of Katharina Baker, this weekend course is suitable for strings, woodwind and brass players from grades 2 – 5. Applicants can apply as a pre-formed quartet or ensemble or as an individual player. More senior players are welcome to apply as part of pre-formed ensembles.

Experience of chamber ensemble playing is not needed but players should be able to read music.

Closing date for applications will be Tuesday, 1 October 2019.

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