The Western Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO) is the Association’s premier ensemble. Recognised as one of the finest youth orchestras in Australia, it features some of the state’s most talented young musicians.

Since being founded in 1974, WAYO alumni now occupy significant positions in every major orchestra in Australia. With up to 100 players, WAYO is able to perform the finest in large-scale symphonic works.

In 2018 WAYO again presented three programs at the Perth Concert Hall, including welcoming back maestro Tze Law Chan in July, as part of our international conductor program, joined by 40 students from the Orchestra of the Music Makers (SINGAPORE). Repertoire for the orchestra’s three mainstage seasons included such highlights as Ravel’s arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition, Mahler’s monstrous Symphony No. 2, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.

In addition to the Concert Hall seasons, WAYO presented a series of educational Babies Proms concerts, and six concerts of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

If you are passionate about music this is sure to be a fulfilling and rewarding orchestral experience.


violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, timpani & percussion

Approximate Minimum Standard
AMEB grade 7+

Saturdays 9:00am – 12:00pm (and occasional other days as required) Callaway Auditorium, UWA, Crawley

For application & audition details
view our Auditions page.

Quote - WAYO

“WAYO has been a great learning experience for me as it helps build an understanding of orchestral playing and repertoire. It is also a great way to meet new friends – I’ve met some of my closest friends through the orchestra…”

— Aidan, French Horn