TY Work Experience Programme with MTU Cork School of Music

The Transition Year Work Experience Programmes at MTU Cork School of Music provide young people from across the country with the unique opportunity of developing their own professional practice in the creative and performing arts, learn more here. Applications are now open for the 2024 programmes, apply here.

After the success of the innovative Symphony Orchestra project in 2016, the programmes have now expanded to include drama, Irish traditional music, musical theatre and popular music.

Under the direction of renowned conductors, students will participate in daily group rehearsals, receive mentoring from experienced orchestral professionals, and present a public performance on the final day.

Past programmes have included orchestral standards such as:

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5, movements I and II
  • Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
  • Rossini Overture to La Cenerentola
  • Sibelius Finlandia
  • Verdi Overture to La forza del destino

Who should apply?

Applications are welcomed from players of standard orchestral instruments who have some orchestral or band experience. Students should be comfortable reading music of at least Grade 5 standard.

When and where?

Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 February 2024 (four days), 09:30 – 15:00
MTU Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork

What should be included in the ‘Personal Statement’ section?

How long have you been playing your instrument(s)?

  • What grade did you last achieve?
  • Are you a regular member of an orchestra, band or group?
  • Have you won any awards or had other notable successes that you’re proud of?

Following placement offers, a non-refundable fee of €80 must be paid online to secure your place (this is the full fee for this particular programme)

To find out more about each programme, check out the dedicated discipline-specific pages. Answers to common queries can also be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you require any further assistance, please send an email to Thomas.Doyle@mtu.ie.