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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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National Youth Orchestra of Ireland | Auditions 2022

Applications are now open to audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

The closing date to apply is 2pm on Friday, 30 September.

Candidates will be asked to play two prescribed orchestral excerpts plus a piece of their own choice (all unaccompanied). These excerpts can be found at nyoi.ie.

There are no aural or sightreading tests and NYOI don’t ask what your music education history is. It only matters how you play at your audition!

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IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops | 19 – 20 November 2022

We will hold our annual National Chamber Music Workshop on Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 November at Newtown School, Waterford.

Under the direction of Katharina Baker, this weekend course is suitable for strings, woodwind and brass players from grades 2 – 5 (or equivalent standard). Applicants can apply as a pre-formed quartet or ensemble or as an individual player. More senior players are welcome to apply as part of pre-formed ensembles.

Closing date for applications will be Tuesday, 11 October 2022.

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IAYO Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant Recipients | Musica Fusion Festival & Athenry Youth Orchestra

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural recipients of the IAYO Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant are Musica Fusion School of Music and Athenry Youth Orchestra!

The IAYO Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant was launched in March 2022. This pilot scheme is in response to members asking for more regional festivals and collective performance opportunities beyond the annual IAYO Festival at the National Concert Hall. We feel that the creation of such opportunities is more feasible if led locally and supported by IAYO rather than run centrally by us.

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27th Festival of Youth Orchestras | Saturday, 11 February 2023

We are delighted to reveal the participants of two performances at the 27th Festival of Youth Orchestras on Saturday, 11 February 2023 in the National Concert Hall in Dublin!

The 3pm performance will include: Junior Cork Youth Orchestra, Major Minors Junior Orchestra, Musica Fusion Community Orchestra and Presto Players.

The 7:30pm performance will include: Cork ETB Youth Orchestra, Fidil – Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe, Mayo Youth Orchestra and Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta.

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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