Join AYO

Auditions for 2018 have been completed but click here if you would like make a late application.

We are always pleased to hear from talented young musicians who are keen to develop orchestral playing skills. 
The orchestra caters for young people in the 16-26 age range, although exceptions will be made in certain circumstances.

A typical year runs from late January to mid-October.  Three concert programmes are usually performed in Auckland each year and each of these programmes is also presented to regional and provincial centres on a weekend tour. Special Note - AYO has accepted an invitation from the Young Euro Classic Festival to return to Europe in August 2018, with performances planned for Berlin, Dubrovnik & Budapest.

AYO has a piccolo, a cor anglais and A clarinets available for wind players as required.

Commitment to AYO involves:

  • being well prepared with your part before rehearsals
  • rehearsals on Wednesday evening and occasional weekend workshops
  • availability for three weekend tours
  • paying an annual Players' Subscription of $150, plus contribution to costs of the 3 weekend tours (approx $35/tour + food)
An audition will comprise a short piece of your own choice plus several orchestral excerpts which we will provide in advance.  A recorded audition will be accepted where necessary. All players are required to re-audition each year in December. 

Benefits of Membership:

As well as being excellent experience to include on your cv, the opportunities below are available only to players in AYO :