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ConCorda is an exciting international chamber music course for young string musicians supported by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and The Arts Council. Founded by the late Hugh Maguire, ConCorda is now in its 23rd year and provides a rare platform for students from fourteen years upwards to discover and explore all aspects of string chamber music in an non-competitive and inspiring environment.

The course offers an inspiring and transforming musical experience in chamber music, string orchestra and music improvisation. Participants study chamber music intensively at a high level with a staff of Irish and international tutors.

For more info please see concorda.ie.


Internet Teaching Pilot Report

Oboe Teaching 1 (2)

IAYO, along with Carlow College of Music, Music Generation Carlow, Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois engaged in a pilot programme on web-based teaching in 2015-16 including the training of wind teachers in each location on the oboe and a mixed in-person and web-based teaching model. You can download the IAYO Internet Teaching Pilot Report which includes child protection policies and other useful resources.


Orchestral Conducting Workshops

Course Director: Robert Houlihan

The annual Conducting Workshops of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras will take place in 2017 from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July 2017 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

The course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level conductors working on a mixture of standard repertoire along with a number of youth orchestra arrangements. Places are available for both participants and observers. Observers will take part in baton technique and score preparation along with full participants.

For more information and to apply, please see the conducting.iayo.ie.

Irish Youth Brass Ensemble 2017

17th July – 22nd July

Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin

The inaugural Irish Youth Brass Ensemble course will take place in Dublin and will host an open rehearsal for family and friends on Friday 21st July and a full concert on the evening of Saturday 22nd July.

Course participation is for brass and percussion musicians between the ages of 16-25, subject to audition. All brass participants are expected to provide their own instruments and necessary accessories (mutes, oil, etc), percussionists are expected to provide their own mallets and beaters. Successful candidates to the course will be provided with music in advance, and are expected to prepare the repertoire before the course.

For more information and to apply please see iybe.ie.


The Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensemble Programme


The Apprentice Ensemble Programme is open to existing groups wanting to further enrich their experience of ensemble playing. It may also suit established musicians or teachers coming together as an ensemble for the first time. Any combination of instruments is welcome to apply; over the years GMR has hosted many different groupings, including a cello duo, two saxophone quartets, a flute and harp duo, a guitar quartet, flute & voice duo, etc.

For more information and to apply, please see thegalwaymusicresidency.ie or contact Maeve Bryan, Operations Manager; tel: +353 91 586706 or email info@thegalwaymusicresidency.ie.


Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra


3rd July to 9th July 2017

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is a new collaboration between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras supported by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  The first edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will take place in Dublin in the first week of July with concerts in Dublin, Kilkenny and one other venue (tbc). The orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance practice. (Exceptional players outside of the age range will be considered.)

Check out iybo.ie for more details.