Dublin Youth Orchestras | Applications Open

Applications are open for any young musicians who wish to join Dublin Youth Orchestras for 2020 / 2021 with auditions being held on Sunday, 8 March in Sancta Maria College, Ballyroan, Dublin 16.

Dublin Youth Orchestras will accept applications from string players who have reached their 9th birthday by 1 September 2020 and wind, brass and percussion players who have reached their 11th birthday by 1 September 2020.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 28 February 2020.

Further information can be obtained by emailing Wendy Arlow at info@dyo.ie.

Why join DYO?

Dublin Youth Orchestras encourage children and young adults to play in a positive and friendly environment. They give an annual concert at the National Concert Hall in January and their tours have taken them to all corners of Ireland and to Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, the USA and Canada.

How to join DYO


Every player must audition successfully for a place in DYO at the annual audition. Supplemental auditions may be held only where the orchestra is short of certain minority instruments. A player will be allocated to the orchestra suited to his / her age and musical ability entirely at DYO’s discretion. 
A player will spend usually two years in each orchestra (Juniors, Inters, Concert, Symphony). If attendance is satisfactory, players retain their place and move up through Junior, Intermediate and Concert Orchestras without further audition. Players must audition for the Symphony Orchestra.

What does it entail?

From the player the commitment to come to all rehearsals and concerts. 
From the parent to help during a rehearsal or on tour at least once in the season.

When to join DYO

Most string players in DYO start in the Junior Strings, the youngest orchestra (minimum age 9), while the other orchestral members start in the Intermediate Orchestra, the first full orchestra (minimum age 11). However, every year some places become available in the Concert Orchestra (minimum age 14) and the Symphony Orchestra (minimum age 16).

How to prepare for audition

At the audition players will be required to play a short extract from one of their own pieces and a sight reading extract. They do not require an accompanist. 
Players must take lessons in their instrument from a qualified teacher.

For further information and to apply, please see dyo.ie.