Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards

IAYO presents awards annually to youth orchestras at the Festival of Youth Orchestras. The aim of the awards is to acknowledge the particular accomplishments of IAYO member orchestras which have contributed significantly to the development of these orchestras.

Development of the Youth Orchestra: This award recognises the efforts of member orchestras in promoting the growth and development of their orchestras through any number of means such as drives to recruit and retain members, increasing the range and balance of instruments in the orchestra, developing new ways of funding the orchestra, including access programmes etc. 2016 winner: Coole Music Youth Orchestra.

Special Achievement Award: This award is intended for innovative achievement that benefit a single youth orchestra, or the entire community of youth orchestras. Artistic projects or youth orchestra tours that are in some way imaginative or different, or represent a great achievement for a particular orchestra will be considered here. 2015 Winner: County Wexford Youth Orchestra.


Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards

Two awards of €500 each will be made to orchestras at the 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras for their activities in 2017. Application details can be downloaded here.

Deadline: Wednesday, 10 January 2018


Previous Winners

Galway Youth Orchestra, Laois School of Music Orchestra, St Canice’s NS Orchestra, Carlow Youth Orchestra, Maynooth University Orchestra, Fingal County Youth Orchestra, St Agnes Primary School Orchestra, Young European Strings School of Music, County Wexford Youth Orchestra, Young European Strings, St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, Music Matters, Carlow Youth Orchestra, Cork City Music College and Young Dublin Symphonia, Dublin Youth Orchestras, Dr Sandra Dackow, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, St Canice’s National School Instrumental Programme, Mayo Youth Orchestra, Dr Hugh Maguire, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, South East Ulster Youth Orchestra, Summer Music on the Shannon, Greystones Youth Orchestra, Kylemore College Orchestra, Liffey Valley Youth Orchestra, Galway Youth Orchestra, Sr Concepta Murphy and Donegal Youth Orchestra, Young Dublin Symphonia, Mayo Youth Orchestra, McEgan College, Macroom, NYOI Touch Bass Programme, Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra, County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra and Dunlavin Youth Orchestra, WIT Junior Strings, Herbert Lodge Youth Orchestra and Mayo Youth Orchestra, Alexandra College Orchestra Dublin, The Ryan School of Music, Tipperary, RIAM Intermediate Orchestra, County Roscommon Youth Orchestra, Cork Youth Orchestra, Summer Music on the Shannon, Coole Music, Athlone Community College, County Wexford Youth Orchestra, St Vincent’s School Orchestra, OURchestra, St Agnes / Scoil Colm Primary School Orchestra, Young European Strings, Julianstown Youth Orchestra, Donegal Youth Orchestra, Laois School of Music Orpheus Orchestra, East Meets West Orchestra, Athenry Youth Orchestra.