Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra | Two Courses in 2023


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 may be considered.)

We are delighted to announce the details of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra courses for 2023.

  • IYBO Online 2023 | 1 – 2 July 2023 | An introduction to historically informed performance presented by the Irish Baroque Orchestra & the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras | Places are available to anyone with an interest in historically informed performance.
  • IYBO Performance Course | 17 – 22 July 2023 | This course will be a baroque orchestra performance course held in Dublin with two concerts.


Closing date for applications for both courses is Friday, 24 February 2023

For more details on both courses, please see  here.

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

Note: A video submission is required to apply for the IYBO Summer Course.

Please note: Players who apply for the performance course (17 – 22 July) and have not previously taken part in any Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra activities, will be required to attend the introductory online course on 1 – 2 July 2023. Exceptions may be made for some players.

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.


I am already looking forward to the IYBO Performance Course in July 2023! The 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 two concerts at the end of the week is always quite amazing. Each year the orchestra is formed anew and each year the standard gets even higher. Everyone performs on period instruments, which are provided if needed.

In September 2022 IYBO gave a concert at Varazdin Baroque Evenings, Croatia. The concert, complete with baroque dancers, was a huge success and IYBO was awarded the Ivan Werner Award for its performance. I am very proud of what the IYBO 2022 musicians achieved last year and I am really looking forward to meeting and working with the musicians who will form IYBO 2023.
In July 2023 we will also be offering a short online weekend course which serves as an introduction to historically informed performance. Anyone interested in learning more about performing baroque music is very welcome.

Claire Duff
Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra