Established in 1948, the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) is one of the world's leading youth orchestras providing professional leadership and inspiration to the finest young Australian musicians aged 12-30 years old. Our programs, ranging from symphonic music training to regional school workshops and concerts, enable the carefully selected participants to expand their classical music education through national and international programs and performances of the highest standards.
As Australia's national youth orchestra, the AYO differs from other youth orchestras due to the variety and number of training programs and the calibre of national and international artists engaged to tutor and inspire our young musicians. The importance of this is immeasurable; AYO alumni are represented in every professional orchestra and ensemble in Australia, with many more overseas.
How will the funds be used?
Listed below are four current AYO fundraising appeals.
- Scholarship Fund- give a musician a life-changing opportunity: We believe young musicians being offered a place in the AYO should be selected on talent alone, not their financial capabilities. The majority of our musicians are still at school or university therefore finding the resources to pay AYO program fees is a concern for many. Scholarships make a tangible difference. By paying for some or all of their fees to participate in AYO programs, you will allow them access to the highest level of training where they can focus on developing their skills as a musician unconcerned by financial implications.
- International Tour Fund- help AYO musicians become international ambassadors: Every three years, the Australian Youth Orchestra tours internationally offering AYO musicians the valuable experience of appearing on the world stage. In 2013 the tour was led by esteemed conductor Christoph Eschenbach and accompanied by Grammy award-winning violinist, Joshua Bell with the orchestra performing sold-out concerts in some of the world's finest concert halls in Sydney, Melbourne and Europe. Help us to meet our $200,000 target each year and give Australia's finest young musical talent a life-changing opportunity.
- Unrestricted - help AYO musicians thrive and grow:AYO's training pathway is unique: each year we offer ten tailored programs that nurture the musical development of the country's finest instrumentalists, from the emerging school-aged student to those on the verge of a professional career. We strive to engage the finest conductors and guest performers chosen from the best national and international ensembles to train and inspire AYO musicians. Your donation will help us sustain the breadth and quality of our programs.
- The Richard Pollett Memorial Award: This Award was established in 2011 to commemorate the brilliant young AYO violinist Richard Pollett who tragically died in a road accident aged 25. The Award has been established by Richard's family and close friends in association with the Australian Youth Orchestra to honour his memory. Awards will be made annually to provide support and encouragement to young violinists who display outstanding personal and musical attributes.