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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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Tutor Professional Development

Would you like to learn more about tutoring youth quartets and small ensembles?

Under the direction of Katharine Mac Mághnuis, IAYO will host Tutor Professional Development for anyone with an interest in learning more about teaching chamber music to young ensembles.

The training will be a two part series, consisting of both an online Zoom and a full day of observation. Katharine Mac Mághnuis will conduct the Zoom session on Tuesday, 24 October, with the full day in-person observation in Rosary College, Crumlin in Dublin following this on Saturday, 28 October.

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Funding Opportunities from The Arts Council

The Arts Council has announced round two of the Festivals Investment Scheme for festivals that commence between Monday, 1 July 2024 and Tuesday, 31 December 2024. Festival clinics for applicant organisations take place on Thursday, 12 October at 2pm. Applications open in October and application deadline is 5.30pm on Thursday, 23 November 2023. The Arts Council have also announced details about the 2024 Project Awards and Strategic Funding.

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IAYO 28th Festival of Youth Orchestras Participants Announced

The IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestra is the annual celebration of Ireland’s talented young musicians. The 28th Festival of Youth Orchestras will take place in the National Concert Hall on Saturday, 10 February 2024. We are delighted to announce the 2024 participants, click below to learn more.

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Frank Maher Classical Music Awards 2023


The Frank Maher Classical Music Awards for 2023 are now open for applications from sixth year students of string, woodwind, brass and piano. The closing date for this year’s entries is Friday, 6 October 2023 at 5pm.

The €5,000 bursary will be used by the winner to attend a recognised place of tuition, a course of study in Ireland or abroad or on a purchase necessary for the development of their talent.

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Job Opportunity: General Manager with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI) are now looking for a highly self-motivated, dynamic and ambitious General Manager who will take on the full-time role of running this special organisation which has been pivotal in the musical, professional and personal development of nearly 5,000 young people.

Please submit your CV, with covering letter, for the attention of the Chairperson to chair@nyoi.ie no later than 6pm on Friday, 20 October 2023.

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IAYO Orchestration Survey

IAYO are currently looking into the viability of hosting workshops in orchestration and arranging with a focus on arranging for young musicians/orchestras. If this is something you or someone in your organisation would be interested in, please fill out our quick survey at iayo.ie/orchestration.

The deadline for the survey is Friday, 13 October 2023.

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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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