Strategic Plan

The Director and Chairperson of IAYO presented a strategic plan to the Annual General Meeting of the company in October 2018. This has subsequently been adopted by the board as the official plan of IAYO. A summary of the plan is below.

The full plan can be downloaded in pdf format here.


Encourage co-operation between all organisations and groups involved in the development of youth orchestras.

  • Encourage communication and collaboration between member organisations.
  • Bring related local, regional and national and international organisations and individuals into contact with IAYO and youth orchestras. Encourage and actively engage in collaborations with these organisations and individuals. Provide opportunities for youth orchestras to meet and network with these organisations and individuals.
  • Act as an advocate at a national level for the development of youth orchestras, youth ensembles, youth music and youth arts, engaging with other organisations to collectively promote our shared agendas.

Create a network for advice and information in relation to youth orchestras.

  • Provide youth orchestras with news and information in a structured and accessible manner.
  • Allow youth orchestras access to appropriate advice by way of information sheets, books and periodicals, internet sites, related organisations, advice from IAYO staff and advice from other knowledgeable parties.
  • Actively engage with youth orchestras to establish what issues they face or might face and attempt to find solutions with an appropriate amount of input from IAYO.

Foster 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.

  • Continue to manage and further develop the instrument bank and the music library.
  • Engage in an ongoing training programme for conductors and facilitators.
  • Engage in training provision in relation to instrumental teaching in collaboration with other organisations.
  • Access training for organisers through other organisations and provide training directly where needs are youth-orchestra specific.

Training and performance opportunities for students

  • Provide training for young players through courses and workshops.
    • Encourage the development of young players in orchestras through the provision of one-session and one-day workshops with conductors, performing artists and instrumental specialists.
    • Encourage chamber music playing as a means of developing young players in orchestras.
    • Promote and support the provision of high-quality training and performance opportunities for young players by other organisations and groups.
    • Encourage and engage with professional and amateur ensembles to provide opportunities for youth orchestras and young players to develop.
  • Maintain existing relationships and develop new opportunities for young players in national-level ensembles and courses including ConCorda, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Esker Festival Orchestra, Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra and Irish Youth Brass Band:
    • Where appropriate, allow these organisations to derive their legal status from IAYO while continuing their own lineage of artistic direction and on-course management.
    • Provide administrative support and promotions.
    • Seek new funding and sponsorship opportunities.
    • Work with partners to expand these ensembles and courses as appropriate and feasible with more courses, performances, tours and junior and senior ensembles.

Act as a forum with an all-Ireland and international dimension for all those involved in youth orchestras.

  • Create opportunities for youth orchestras to voice their opinions and to influence the policy of IAYO in forwarding their own agendas at a national level.
  • Take part in international networks including the European Orchestra Federation, European Music Council and International Music Council to increase international contact and opportunities for Irish youth orchestras and young instrumentalists and to grow Ireland’s reputation for youth music and orchestras internationally.

Present excellence in the youth orchestra movement to a wider public through youth orchestra festivals.

  • Develop the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall, taking advantage of new spaces and opportunities.
  • Encourage member-led initiatives in collaborative performances and festivals.


Programme Summary

Resources and Services

  • Network Development
  • Advocacy
  • Information & Advice
  • News Service
  • Workshops for Conductors and Artistic Staff
  • Organisational Workshops
  • Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards
  • Instrument Bank
  • Music Library
  • Public Liability Insurance Scheme
  • Garda Vetting

Artistic Programme

  • Festival of Youth Orchestras
  • ConCorda Chamber Music Course
  • Irish Youth Wind Ensemble
  • Esker Festival Orchestra
  • Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra
  • IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops
  • Orchestra and Player Workshops