Dublin Youth Orchestras’ Summer Courses

Applications are now open for Dublin Youth Orchestras’ summer courses, learn more here. There will be two courses at St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, learn more below.

Senior Course:

  • For secondary school age wind and string players up to age 18.
  • When: Sunday, 30 to Friday, 5 July 2024
  • Book here

Junior Course:

  • For primary school-age musicians (minimum age 9)
  • When: Sunday, 7 to Wednesday 10 July 2024
  • Book here

The DYO Chamber Music Summer Courses are designed for young musicians with some experience in orchestra and chamber music and also for those who are completely new to ensemble playing. The courses offer a fantastic opportunity to combine making music with traditional summer camp fun. Days are filled with chamber music tuition (or wind ensemble tuition), orchestra, chamber orchestra, wind band, drama, singing, songwriting, sport, evening concerts, quiz nights, talent shows, and much more. Participants have the option of staying in modern dormitory accommodation. Non-residents will join in all the fun – their day starts at 9am and ends at approximately 9:30pm.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 31 May. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis and are limited

During the course students:

  • Play and perform music in a fun, informal, and noncompetitive environment.
  • Explore a rich and varied repertoire of chamber and orchestral music.
  • Receive professional tutoring in chamber music skills – playing and working together, and rising to new challenges with fantastic results musically.
  • Perform for their peers in daily evening concerts, gaining valuable performance experience.
  • Rehearse and perform in full wind and string orchestras, and smaller chamber orchestras or wind ensembles.
  • Participate in daily extra activities, including drama workshops, song-writing masterclasses, a variety of sports, and evening fun.
  • Work towards a final formal concert for family and friends in the beautiful St Columba’s Chapel.
  • Build relationships with like-minded people – and sometimes life-long friendships

Please contact Killian Grumley Traynor, DYO Summer Chamber Music Courses Administrator, with any queries at courses@dyo.ie.

Non-DYO players are more than welcome.

All players participate at their own risk. Please check your insurance for your instrument(s).