All instrumental applicants are required to submit a recorded audition. During this audition, applicants must perform a set of AYO orchestral excerpts and a short piece of their choice for most instruments.

Audition Requirements for 2025 Instrumental Applicants

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Following feedback from our Youth Council, the audition excerpts are now freely available on our website.

Things to consider when preparing your excerpts:

  • Take time to learn about the background of each work
  • Listen to an orchestral recording of the work to hear your part played in context
  • Look carefully at tempo, dynamic and articulation markings, and consider them when preparing each excerpt. Metronome markings are provided as an indication
  • Bear in mind that the excerpts are of varying difficulty. A difficult excerpt should not dishearten younger or less experienced players—play it more slowly if necessary
  • Seek the guidance of your instrumental teacher in preparing your excerpts
  • Applicants will be assessed on a range of technical and musical elements, including:
  • Accuracy (intonation, rhythm and articulation)
  • Musicality (dynamics, phrasing and sensitivity)
  • Tone quality (timbre and beauty of sound)

For any questions relating to auditions, please contact AYO at info@ayo.com.au or 1300 668 500.