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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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Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra

The second edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will take place from 16th – 21st July 2018 in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. Applications are now open.

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.) Applications are open for young players of stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass/violone, lute, therobo), continuo (harpsichord), and baroque oboe,  with the potential addition of flutes as solo and ensemble instruments.



A review of orchestral provision by RTÉ is placing the existence of the National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in their current format in doubt. Please take action here.




Announcing our new Chairperson, Clare Daly

We are delighted to announce Clare Daly as the new Chairperson of IAYO. Clare has been a member of the IAYO Board of Directors since 2008 and previously acted as IAYO Director for 9 months for a maternity leave cover.

Read Clare’s welcome message here.


Orchestral Conducting Workshops

The annual Conducting Workshops of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras will take place in 2018 from Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July 2018 with Robert Houlihan 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.

For all information, please see here.


Mandatory Child Safeguarding Policies and Mandated Reporting

On 2nd October 2017, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and announced the commencement of remaining sections of the Children First Act 2015 from 11th December 2017. This act has implications for all those providing cultural activities to children and young people. Read more here.