2023 Auditions

Dates: Saturday 15 October & Sunday 16 October
Location: University of Adelaide


Adelaide Youth Orchestras (AdYO) selects our 300 members annually through auditions for our orchestras: Youth Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Sinfonia, Youth Strings, Junior Winds and Percussion Ensemble**.

**Percussionists are encouraged to apply for our Percussion Ensemble. In addition to playing in the ensemble, percussionists will have opportunities to play with all our orchestras, as well as masterclasses from some of Adelaide’s finest percussionists.

As a member of AdYO, you may also apply to join one of our Chamber Groups. In 2022 there has been two string quartets, a brass quintet, a wind quintet, and a sax ensemble.

About Us

Adelaide Youth Orchestras (AdYO) celebrates 22 years of world-class development programs and career pathways for South Australia’s brightest young musicians aged 8-24. AdYO is known for being a leading body in South Australia for igniting and sparking interest for young musicians in orchestral music. 

AdYO delivers professional orchestral training in an inclusive and creative environment and is essential to Adelaide’s role as a UNESCO City of Music. Through music, the organisation aims to foster life skills including leadership, discipline, collaboration, and fun. When AdYO musicians experience the intensity and delight of performing music together, their lives change forever. AdYO’s top strategic priorities for 2022 – 2023 are to make orchestral music accessible to all young people in South Australia, no matter the location or barrier, and to develop organisational capability ensuring financial sustainability.

Our orchestras & requirements

AMEB grade and Suzuki levels indicated act as a guide only. If you have not sat an AMEB or Suzuki exam, please ask your instrumental teacher what your approximate standard is. They are the best person to provide advice as to which orchestra/s to apply for. Apart from percussionists, applicants should have their own instruments.

Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Keith Crellin OAM
Minimum standard: Equivalent AMEB Grade 6 / Suzuki Book 7
Age: 13 to 24 years
Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, cor anglais, A & Bb clarinets, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tenor and bass trombone, tuba, percussion, harp.
Rehearsals: Saturdays 9.30am to 12.30pm during school terms at University of Adelaide

Wind Orchestra

Conductor: Kate Mawson
Minimum standard: Equivalent AMEB Grade 5
Age: 13 to 24 years
Instruments: Flute, piccolo, oboe, Bb, Eb and bass clarinets, bassoon, saxophones, horn, trumpet, tenor and bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion, double bass.
Rehearsals: Sundays 10.30am to 1.00pm during school terms at the University of Adelaide

Percussion Ensemble 

Music Director: Sami Butler
Minimum Standard: Equivalent AMEB Grade 3
Age: 11-24 years
Rehearsals: Saturdays 1:00 – 2:30pm at the University of Adelaide. In addition, players will have opportunities to rehearse with our five other ensembles based on ensemble needs and player availability.


Conductor: Minas Berberyan
Minimum standard: Equivalent AMEB Grade 4 / Suzuki Book 5
Age: 12 to 19 years
Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, harp.
Rehearsals: Sundays 1.30pm to 4.00pm at the University of Adelaide

Youth Strings

Conductor: Martin Butler
Minimum standard: Equivalent AMEB Grade 3 / Suzuki Book 4
Age: 8 to 13 years
Instruments: Violin, viola, cello, double bass.
Rehearsals: Sundays 10.30am to 1.00pm at the University of Adelaide

Junior Winds

Conductor: Sarah Byron
Minimum standard: Equivalent AMEB Grade 2
Age: 8 to 14 years
Instruments: Flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion.
Rehearsals: Sundays 10.30am to 12.30pm at the University of Adelaide.

As a Member of Adelaide Youth Orchestras

As part of your membership, you will rehearse weekly with your orchestra throughout the school term (2023 dates are included further below for reference). Each orchestra will have performance/concert outcomes throughout the year with a schedule issued at the start of 2023. AdYO concert tickets are not included in your membership, however these are low cost to audiences so your family and friends can come along to see you perform. In 2023 we are also live streaming selected concerts at no cost.

Adelaide Youth Orchestra’s annual program includes rehearsals, masterclasses (tutorials), and concerts. Highlights include:

  • Weekly opportunity to play music to a high standard with other like-minded peers.
  • Masterclasses (tutorials) and intensive rehearsals with professional musicians and education specialists (including current and former members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australian String Quartet and the Elder Conservatorium of Music).
  • Local school performance tour opportunities for members in Youth Strings, Junior Winds, and Sinfonia.
In 2022, our collaborations have included working with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, South Australian Public Primary Schools (SAPPS) Choir, Woodville High School, Adelaide Wind Orchestra, Artology, Elder Conservatorium of Music, and the Department for Education. Our performances this year have included performances in venues across Adelaide such as Adelaide Town Hall, Woodville Town Hall, Grainger Studio, Elder Hall, Brighton Concert Hall, Partridge House, and many others.
The Adelaide Youth Orchestras Inc is a not-for-profit organisation and and as a financial member, you are entitled to vote at our AGM (usually held in April/May each year). For those members under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian acts as a representative of the member.


Performing in our orchestras and ensembles requires a strong commitment from members and their families across the whole year. Before you apply and consider becoming a member, please think about how your membership will fit in with your other commitments.

Further Membership Opportunities

Chamber Ensembles 
As well as applying for an orchestra you can also apply to be part of one of our chamber groups. Previously we have had up to six chamber ensembles that receive additional masterclasses/tuition from our music education specialists/conductors, as well as extra opportunities to perform and tour throughout the year.

Chamber groups are based on player interest and organisational needs, and changes year to year. Members in these groups are required to commit to extra weekly rehearsals and make themselves available for extra performances. If you are interested in joining a chamber group, please mark your interest on your application profile.

SACE Ensemble Performance
AdYO is thrilled to support members studying SACE Ensemble Performance (as an external organisation). More information will be provided to members at the commencement of 2023.

Audition Requirements

All auditions to be performed unaccompanied. To fit within the time limits, part of a piece may be performed.

Youth Orchestra

  • 4 orchestral excerpts selected by AdYO.
  • 1 piece selected by applicant, approx. 2 minutes duration.
  • Prepared sight-reading. (Provided by AdYO close to the audition).

Wind Orchestra

  • 3 orchestral excerpts selected by AdYO.
  • 1 piece selected by applicant, approx. 2 minutes duration.
  • Prepared sight-reading. (Provided by AdYO close to the audition).


  • 2 orchestral excerpts selected by Adelaide Youth Orchestras.
  • 1 piece selected by applicant, approx. 2 minutes duration.
  • Prepared sight-reading. (Provided by AdYO close to the audition).

Youth Strings

  • 2 contrasting pieces selected by applicant, approx. 2 minutes duration.

Junior Winds

  • 1 orchestral excerpt selected by AdYO
  • 1 piece selected by applicant, approx. 2 minutes duration.

Adelaide Youth Percussion Ensemble

  • 4 orchestral excerpts.
  • 1 piece selected by applicant on any instrument. approx. 3 minutes duration.


Video Auditions

Current players AUDITIONING FOR THE SAME ORCHESTRA, will need to submit an unedited video audition. If you are not a current player and need to submit a video audition, please email adyo@adyo.com.au to confirm your eligibility before selecting video audition on your profile. A link to upload will be provided when excerpts are sent.

Audition Results

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their audition by email no later than Monday 31 October 2022. All decisions by the audition panel are final and unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on any audition.

Important Dates

– Monday 1 August 2022: Applications open 

– Sunday 11 September 2022: Applications close (Audition packs and info to be sent out soon after)

– Thursday 13 October 2022: Last day for video auditions received

Audition (in person)
– Saturday 15 October 2022Sunday 16 October 2022

(please note: your allocated audition time/day is based on panel availability)

– Monday 31 October 2022: Auditions results

– Monday 21 November 2022: last day for Membership Acceptance

2023 Term Dates

Term One
Saturday 4/Sunday 5 February – Saturday 1/Sunday 2 April 2023
(No rehearsals on the March Long Weekend)

Term Two
Saturday 6/Sunday 7 May – Saturday 1/Sunday 2 July 2023
(No rehearsals on the June Long Weekend)

Term Three
Saturday 29/Sunday 30 July – Saturday 23/Sunday 24 September 2023

Term Four
Saturday 28/Sunday 29 October – Saturday 25/Sunday 26 November 2023

2023 Fees

Audition application Fee: $48.00

Annual Membership Fees (all orchestras):

Single student: $785.00
Family: $670.00 per member

*Fees can be paid by four instalments if required.
*The stated amount is inclusive of transaction fees (such as the credit card processing fee)

Please apply online using Adelaide Youth Orchestra’s application form

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are applying on one of our doubling instruments (piccolo, bass clarinet, cor anglais) you will need to perform an extra excerpt on the doubling instrument in addition to playing the excerpts of their partner instrument (flute, clarinet, oboe). To indicate that you are applying for one of these instruments, please fill out two ‘instrument and teacher’ sections on your application form i.e., piccolo players fill out one ‘instrument and teacher section’ for piccolo and one for flute.

Feedback from auditions is not available and we are unable to enter into correspondence regarding a specific audition result with the application, their parents or teacher.

It is best to consult with your current instrumental teacher to assist.

With the support of our generous supporters, AdYO offers several options for financial assistance to support the development of young musicians, specifically those experiencing financial hardship, and members living in and travelling from regional areas. Options include:

  • Payment plans (quarterly)
  • 50% of membership fee covered
  • Full 100% membership covered

To be considered for 50% or 100% financial assistance, you will need to answer yes to at least one of the following statements:

  • I live in a regional area.
  • My family receives financial assistance through Services Australia (Centrelink).
  • I attend a State Government School.
  • I am a University Student.

If this applies to you, then email adyo@adyo.com.au once you have applied for an audition, with the following information:

  • State how you qualify for financial assistance.
  • Include any documentation (as required).
  • Write a personal statement about how you would benefit from being an AdYO member, including what experience and training you have already undertaken.
  • Provide a letter of support from a community leader: teacher, instrumental teacher, employer, etc. The letter of support should detail why you should receive either 50% or 100% assistance.

Please email with the information above to adyo@adyo.com.au once you have applied for an audition. We will need to receive all scholarship applications (per the above) by Friday 14 October 2022.

All rehearsals are held at the University of Adelaide. From time-to-time rehearsals have needed to be moved to an alternate location which is usually within the Adelaide CBD.

Unsure of the process, or requirements, or have a further question? Feel free to email adyo@adyo.com.au

Audition applications for 2022 are now closed.

We are still taking expressions of interest for the following instruments: Oboe, Trumpet, Low Brass, Horn, and Double Bass. We are also looking for Harpists.

If you require further information, please email us using adyo@adyo.com.au