About IAYO

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the national support and resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland.

Membership of the Association is open to all Youth Orchestras in Ireland, whether linked to a school, a school of music, a college or university, or to an independent or community-based organisation.

IAYO represents over 5,000 young musicians in 108 youth orchestras in Ireland and assists in the development of youth orchestras in all parts of the country.


The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras will promote interest in and foster the development of Youth Orchestras by the following means

  • Encouraging co-operation between all organisations and groups involved in the development of Youth Orchestras.
  • Creating a network for advice and information in relation to Youth Orchestras.
  • Fostering excellence in the Youth Orchestra movement by facilitating training courses for Conductors, Teachers, and Students, access to libraries of music and sharing of unusual instruments, and by offering performance opportunities.
  • Acting as a forum with an All Ireland and International dimension for all those involved in Youth Orchestras.
  • Presenting excellence in the Youth Orchestra movement to a wider public through Youth Orchestra Festivals.

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras was set up in Ennis in April 1994. It was incorporated as IAYO Ltd. in 1998, and became a registered charity in 2001. IAYO is a voluntary, non-profit-making Association, and a registered charity, supported by members fees and the generous donations of friends.

IAYO is grant-aided by The Arts Council and supported by Cork City Council. IAYO acknowledges the support of The Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport, The Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme 2010.

IAYO is a member of the European Orchestra Federation, The National Campaign for the Arts, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Volunteering Ireland and The Wheel.