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 organisers to return to Europe in August 2018.   Several concerts are scheduled, the highlight being a performance in Berlin's famous Konzerthaus.

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 :

Players Subscription:

We are a volunteer organisation and work hard to minimise costs, but our purpose is to provide excellent training in orchestral playing for young musicians and that necessarily involves some significant costs such as rehearsal venue hire, professional coaching, music, storage etc. -  the annual Players Subscription (currently $150) is a small contribution towards covering those costs and those associated with presenting a dozen concerts each year.  The orchestra relies on concert proceeds, donations and grants to cover the difference.