Irish Baroque Orchestra Apprentices 2022 | Applications Open

Applications for the Irish Baroque Orchestra’s IBO Apprentices 2022 are now open.

The IBO Apprentices programme is open to exceptional string players who are completing, or have recently completed, third-level study with some element of historical performance training.

The space between completing one’s studies and entering a profession can be a difficult one to navigate. The IBO Apprentices programme was established in 2020 to give talented musicians at the start of their careers the opportunity to experience professional-level historically-informed performance, along with lessons and mentoring from established professionals. The notion of learning a craft from experienced hands is an ancient one, and the immersive experience in historical performance offered by the IBO Apprentice Scheme is the first of its kind in Ireland. 

The Apprentice pathway comprises the following opportunities:

  • Participation in two projects with the IBO in 2022, under the directorship of Peter Whelan.
  • Involvement with the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra, in a principal seat. 
  • Mentoring and lessons with experienced professionals. 
  • The chance to develop your skills in historically-informed performance in a supportive professional environment. 
  • Instrument loan where possible. 
  • Access to the IBO music library. 

How to Apply

The IBO Apprentice Scheme is open to players of violin, viola, cello and double bass based on the island of Ireland or Irish citizens living abroad. However, they cannot guarantee to cover travel expenses for successful applicants travelling from outside of Ireland to participate in Apprentice projects.

To apply please send the following to by 5pm on Friday, 4 February 2022 stating ‘IBO Apprentice Application’ as the email subject:

  • A covering letter outlining why you are interested in the scheme and what you hope to gain from participation;
  • A CV;
  • Video or audio footage of yourself playing two contrasting unaccompanied movements of works by Bach. 

For further information on the IBO Apprentices Programme, please see