Applications for the 2020 CYO/JMO auditions are now CLOSED. If you would like to audition for one of our String Stream programs (Sinfonietta, String Ensemble, Peg Mantle Strings), please see the audition information here: String Stream 2020 Auditions
Please get in touch if you have any questions:
Phone: 02 6182 0030
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRAS
About the Canberra Youth Orchestra
The Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the premier youth symphony orchestra in the ACT and wider region, bringing together the region’s finest young musicians. The CYO performs a diverse range of repertoire and features world-renowned soloists. The CYO performs regularly at Llewellyn Hall as part of an annual concert series, as well as other regular performances including at the High Court of Australia and for the Canberra International Music Festival.
Performance standard: AMEB 8 or equivalent, or AMEB 7+ for woodwind and brass. Participants are expected to be taking additional individual instrumental tuition; this can be arranged with a Music For Canberra tutor if participants don’t already have a private teacher.
About the James McCusker Orchestra
Named after one of the original founding members of Canberra Youth Music, passionate musician James ‘Jim’ McCusker, the James McCusker Orchestra (JMO) is our second or training orchestra in the performance pathway, sitting just prior to the Canberra Youth Orchestra – which is typically where JMO musicians progress to as they develop musically. Through its rehearsal and performance of carefully chosen repertoire, the James McCusker Orchestra provides an ideal environment for young players to gain exposure to the fundamentals of orchestral ensemble playing, as they develop their musical skills. The James McCusker Orchestra works towards regular performances at venues and community events including at Llewellyn Hall, Floriade, the National Eisteddfod, and festivals in the ACT and wider region.
Performance standard: AMEB 5-7 or equivalent. Participants are expected to be taking additional individual instrumental tuition in addition to orchestra; this can be arranged with a Music For Canberra tutor if a student doesn’t already have a private teacher.