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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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Register for ESTA Ireland’s Workshop with Géza Szilvay- “Introducing the Colourstrings Approach” in Dublin

European String Teachers Association Ireland (ESTA Ireland) in association with Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) are delighted to present an introductory Colourstrings workshop for teachers on Sunday, 12 February 2023 from 11am – 5pm in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

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Funding: Arts Council Announce 2023 Funding Opportunities

Funding announcements include the Agility Award, Music Bursary Award, Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award, Arts Participation Bursary Award and Young Ensembles Scheme.

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Applications Open for Irish Baroque Youth Orchestra 2023 Courses

We are delighted to announce the details of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra courses for 2023.

  • IYBO Online 2023 | 1 – 2 July 2023 | An introduction to historically informed performance presented by the Irish Baroque Orchestra & the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras | Places are available to anyone with an interest in historically informed performance.
  • IYBO Performance Course | 17 – 22 July 2023 | This course will be a baroque orchestra performance course held in Dublin with two concerts.

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Tickets on Sale for the 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 2.30pm performance will include: Musica Fusion Community Orchestra, Major Minors Junior Orchestra, Junior Cork Youth Orchestra and Presto Players.

The 7:00pm performance will include: Cork ETB Youth Orchestra, Mayo Youth Orchestra, Fidil and Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta.

Tickets are on sale now from www.nch.ie.

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Funding: Music Network Announce Application Details for the Music Capital Scheme

Music Network have announced details of the Music Capital scheme. The scheme, which comprises three different awards, supports artists, the music sector and the purchase of instruments across Ireland.

Applications are now open.

Application deadline is 2pm on Tuesday, 28 February 2023.

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Applications Open for IAYO’s Orchestral Conducting Workshops 2023

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras’ annual Conducting Workshops will take place in MTU Cork School of Music from Monday, 3 July – Friday, 7 July 2023 under the baton of Robert Houlihan.

The course is suitable for beginner to intermediate level conductors working on a mixture of standard repertoire. Places are available for both participants and observers. Observers will take part in baton technique and score preparation along with full participants.

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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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