Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra 2022


The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance. (Exceptional players outside of the age range will be considered.)

We are delighted to announce the details of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra for 2022.

  • IYBO Online 2022 | 1 – 3 April 2022 | An introduction to historically informed performance with instrumental workshops presented by the Irish Baroque Orchestra & the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras | Places are available to musicians of any instrument.
  • IYBO Summer Course | 18 – 23 July 2022 | This course will be a performance course held in Dublin with two concerts.
  • To be confirmed: Performance at Varazdin Baroque Evenings, Croatia. A selection of participants from IYBO 2022 will be invited to give a performance in Croatia this autumn, subject to funding. Therefore, we recommend that you keep 28 September – 1 October free in your diaries and indicate if you are available or unavailable when applying. There will be no charge for participating in this opportunity.


Applications for IYBO 2022 are now closed.

For more details on both courses, please see

For application and video audition details for the summer course, please see

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is a collaboration between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras supported by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


We are delighted to be offering two courses, this time with an exciting extra bonus! This year, a selection of participants from IYBO 2022 will be invited to give a performance in Croatia in September, subject to funding. Drawing on the success of last year’s IYBO we are opening applications to include baroque oboe and bassoon as well as flutes, strings and harpsichord. The July orchestra course is packed full with fun and inspiring baroque dance sessions, engaging and stimulating rehearsals and relaxing Feldenkrais sessions. There is an intense amount of learning in just a few days and the level of improvement from the first day to the last is always astonishing.

We strongly advise anyone who is applying for the July IYBO course to also participate in the April online course (unless they have already done so). At the online course, you will learn about baroque style, dance, interpretation and ornamentation. You will participate in group lessons and learn from your peers and from the distinguished IYBO tutors. Each day will end with a relaxing Feldenkrais session which will enhance your playing in wondrous ways. You don’t need to audition for this course so apply online today!

I look forward to meeting many of you in person and online and to playing wonderful baroque music with you soon.

Claire Duff
Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra