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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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Keeping Orchestras Engaged Peer-Sharing Session | Thursday, 4 February

On Thursday, 4 February 2021, we hosted a peer-sharing session on keeping orchestras engaged over Zoom.

We heard from Paula Klein of Ulster Youth Orchestra, Joanna Crooks from St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music and the Arts in Dublin, Sinéad Hayes from Athenry Music School Sinfonietta and Sophie Butler from ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings – all of whom have had very successful online engagement this year.

Watch the video and click the link for the podcast and further resources.

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Covid-19 Resources

We have developed a webpage to help youth orchestras and other youth and amateur ensembles begin in-person rehearsals in the coming months.

It will contain up-to-date information on protocols and restrictions and links to relevant documents and resources. This is a working document and will be updated regularly.

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Video: Online Workshop on Delivering Online Orchestra and Performance Models

On Thursday, 13 August 2020, Katharine Mac Mághnuis of Athenry Music School delivered an online workshop on delivering online orchestra and performance models – strategy, problems and possible solutions.

You can watch the video “delivering online orchestra and performance models – strategy, problems and possible solutions” above.

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Online and Internet Teaching Resources

As our members have had to close their doors to teaching lessons in a classroom setting, we have seen a number of them creating online teaching programmes and conducting their lessons via online platforms such as Skype and Zoom (which is free for unlimited one-on-one meetings / lessons).

We think this is a wonderful idea and we wanted to provide a few resources for anyone who is thinking of starting online lessons, but would like a little bit more information.

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Office Closed to Visitors due to Covid-19

Just a note to let you know that, in line with the government advice, the IAYO office will be closed to visitors until 20th April. We all plan to keep working away from various locations so the office mobile (086 0570062) will continue to be answered during office hours and we are all available on email as per usual. Our post is being held with An Post and we will receive it all once we re-open.

Wishing you all the best for the coming weeks and hoping that our collective action manages to contain the spread of the virus.

Chamber Music Tutor Boost | Videos & Resources

On the 28 and 29 November, we held three webinars that focussed on being a boost for chamber music tutors, led by Katharina Baker (Coole Music & Art and Artistic Director of IAYO’s National Chamber Music Workshops) and Katharine Mac Mághnuis (Athenry Music School).

In the link, you will find the videos of the webinars and extra resources gathered including presentations, links, and sample repertoire. All of the resources are in PDF format.

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IAYO’s 2020 | Zooming in on the Music

Here at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, amidst the strangeness of 2020, we still had an enjoyable and musically productive year which would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the young musicians, tutors, volunteers and family! This video represents a snapshot of all the hard work and dedication of those involved across our programmes this year.

We hope you enjoy looking back on our 2020 video ‘Zooming in on the Music’ and please feel free to share!

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Videos: Online Workshops on Jamulus | Set-up, technical requirements & rehearsal

We recently held two workshops suitable for tutors, teachers and conductors on the computer software Jamulus, delivered by Dr Patrick Early.

Workshop 1: Jamulus Setup Workshop;
Workshop 2: Jamulus Live Rehearsal and Discussion / Feedback.

Click the link to find the videos of the workshops and also useful documentation to accompany them including the presentation slides.

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Be a Friend of IAYO!

Celebrate Ireland’s youth orchestras and help to give young musicians from all over Ireland the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Youth Orchestras, IAYO launched a Friends scheme – an opportunity for everyone who is passionate about Ireland’s youth orchestras and the Festival to support us and the amazing work of our members.

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