The Western Australian Youth Orchestras Association (Inc.) is a not-for-profit Association dedicated to musical excellence.
Founded in Perth, in 1974, the Association has enriched and diversified music practice in Australia, which in recent year has been through the delivery of six ensembles which now include the Western Australian Youth Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Collegium and Sinfonietta String Orchestras, the award-winning Flute Choir and South West Youth Strings ensembles. WA Youth Orchestras’ 400 members are aged from 8 to 24 and are drawn from all parts of Western Australia. The Association regularly reaches live audiences in excess of 40,000 per annum.
In 2014 we celebrated 40 years of WAYO, and we wish to acknowledge the thousands of young musicians who have developed musically, personally and socially through their orchestral training with the various WAYO ensembles.
Conductors and tutors are drawn from the ranks of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the School of Music at the University of Western Australia, and the Classical Music Department at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
Within WAYO’s six orchestras and ensembles, we offer an extensive range of opportunities for young musicians based on their skill level and experience. All of WAYO’s ensembles are directed such that they give members the opportunity to grow as orchestral musicians by developing skills which will prepare them for more advanced ensembles in the future. The guidance from conductors and artistic staff see a number of our young beginner members continuing on up through ensembles to perform at a tertiary level within the WA Youth Orchestra as young adults.
To become a member of one of our ensembles, students audition every year in November. Audition information and application forms are available for download from the Auditions page from mid-August each year, and also upon request from the WAYO office.
We are supported by our Corporate Sponsors and Partners and generous individuals. If you would like to know more about supporting our ongoing activities and exciting future projects, please visit our Donations page.
To provide quality musical training and performance opportunities for young musicians to enrich their lives and the cultural development of the Western Australian community.
We aim to offer quality musical experiences through unique performance opportunities, thereby creating an environment in which young people can achieve their musical potential by:
- Offering opportunities to perform quality orchestral music
- Providing educational opportunities for young musicians to develop musical and associated skills
- Providing musical performances to the wider community
- developing and maintaining collaborations with other organisations
The Association employs quality musicians of national standing as conductors for all ensembles. In addition, tutors are drawn from the ranks of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the University of Western Australia, and the Classical Music Department at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and therefore offer tutorial assistance at the highest possible artistic level. Further, conductors of international standard are regularly sought.
Concerts are staged in quality venues such as the Perth Concert Hall, and repertoire, including commissioned Australian works, is carefully selected to offer the maximum educational and performance benefits to players across all ensembles. The Association is also flexible and designs its performance strategies to meet the needs of the occasion, players and the audience.