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      Applications Open in September!

      Auditions held on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November 2017

      Elder Conservatorium of Music


Applications Close 5pm Friday 27 October.

The Adelaide Youth Orchestras showcase over 250 young musicians each year as members of four exciting orchestras. Selected from a wide demographic, these young musicians make a powerful contribution to Adelaide and South Australia’s cultural landscape. Aged between eight and twenty four, AdYO musicians are selected annually through audition.

Our four orchestras, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Sinfonia and Adelaide Youth Strings, provide opportunities for making music and orchestral development pathways for young musicians. Students from the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra may also be invited to join AdYO’s String Quartets, Wind or Brass Quintets.

David Tonkin Memorial Scholarships

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Thanks to the generous support from the SA Government and private donors, in 2018 AdYO will be able to offer a number of scholarships for students experiencing financial and/or geographic disadvantage. Please apply for the scholarship with your audition application. When you receive your audition results, you will also be advised of your scholarship application result.



Annual Program

AdYO’s annual program includes rehearsals, tutorials, concerts, music, art and drama workshop weekends and local tours. Each orchestra presents several concerts at venues around Adelaide, including Elder Hall, Concordia College and the Adelaide Town Hall. Highlights include:

  • Tutorials and intensive rehearsals with musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, the Band of the SA Police and the Elder Conservatorium of Music
  • AdYO’s Gala Concert, featuring all four of AdYO’s orchestras in the Adelaide Town Hall
  • Performing concertos with leading soloists
  • School Tours and AdSI’s popular Junior Proms performed for 1-4 year ol


Performing with our orchestras and ensembles requires a significant commitment from musicians and their families for the entire year. AdYO activities must take precedence over sport, social and work commitments. Before applying, we ask applicants to carefully consider their ability to attend all rehearsals, concert performances and other activities.

Which Orchestra is the right one for you ?

Adelaide Youth Orchestra – 13 years plus – AMEB Grade 6 / Suzuki Book 7 standard or higher  –  All orchestral instruments

Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra – 13 years plus – AMEB Grade 5   – Wind, Brass and Percussion incl. saxophones & euphoniums

Adelaide Youth Sinfonia – 12 years plus – AMEB Grade 4 / Suzuki Book 5 standard or higher – All orchestral instruments

Adelaide Youth Strings- Primary School – 8 years plus – AMEB Grade 3 / Suzuki Book 4 standard or higher – String instruments


2018 Auditions Brochure


2018 Orchestral Audition Application Form