Join AYO

Auditions for are held in early December each year.  A digital audition may be submitted by those who are unable to audition on the day.

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.

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 in Epsom (7pm-10pm) and occasional weekend workshops
  • availability for three weekend tours (each tour costs approx $35 + food)
  • paying an annual Player Subscription of $150 before audition (and refunded if we are regrettably unable to offer you a position).

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. 

Benefits of Membership:

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

Player 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 Player 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, interest, donations and grants to cover the difference.

Enquiries should be directed to the Orchestra Manager, Mary Lin: