National Youth Orchestra of Ireland | Auditions 2022

Applications are now open to audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

The closing date to apply is 2pm on Friday, 30 September.

2022 auditions for NYOI will take place as follows:

  • Friday, 7 October: Belfast;
  • Saturday, 8 October: Dublin;
  • Sunday, 9 October: Dublin;
  • Friday, 21 October: Cork;
  • Saturday, 22 October: Cork;
  • Sunday, 23 October: Galway

Audition times will be sent via email on Tuesday, 5 October.

Candidates will be asked to play two prescribed orchestral excerpts plus a piece of their own choice (all unaccompanied). These excerpts can be found at

There are no aural or sightreading tests and NYOI don’t ask what your music education history is. It only matters how you play at your audition!

To apply, you will need to pay a €20 non-refundable fee for each audition via PayPal.

Note: Due to limitations at the venue, percussion auditions will only take place in Dublin on the afternoon of Sunday, 9 October (NYOI will want to hear you on timps, snare and xylophone). Percussion auditions will also take place in Cork on Saturday, 22 October.

Note: Harpists will need to bring their own harp!

Leadership Auditions

Leadership auditions will happen on the evening of Sunday, 9 October in Dublin. There will be three parts to your leadership audition: a solo section where you play your orchestral excerpts plus a piece of your own choice, an informal interview and a group audition (where you and the other Leadership candidate take it in turns to lead each other, playing the same excerpts you played in your solo audition.

For further information and to apply, please see the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland website at