Application and Auditions

Application to Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra 2019 will open in early 2019.

Course Information

  • The fee for participation in the orchestra will be €200.
  • The course is non-residential. IAYO will assist those participants that wish to find hosting in Dublin.
  • Subject to confirmation of funding, IYBO will provide daytime meals to participants.
  • Extra-curricular activities will be arranged on some days after the course.
  • It is hoped to provide all string players the loan of a period instrument for the duration of the course. If not possible, gut strings and Baroque bows will be provided.
  • Flute players will be provided with the use of a period instrument in advance of the course. Subject to budget, advance tuition on the specifics of playing the period instrument will be provided.

Application Information

  • Application to IYBO is open to players of violin, viola, cello, double bass / violone, harpsichord, lute, theorbo, oboe and flute.
  • Entry to the IYBO is by application form and audition. Auditions will be offered on the basis of information provided in the application form and all applicants may not be auditioned.
  • Applications are by online form here.
  • You will receive acknowledgement of your application within one week of submission. If you have not received acknowledgement at that stage, please contact the IAYO office to check that your application has been received. If you have applied close to the closing date and do not receive acknowledgement by Wednesday 21st March 2018, again please contact the IAYO office to confirm your application has been received.
  • The IYBO is open to instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 24. Exceptional players outside the age-range may also be considered.
  • Players should have at least a grade 8 or equivalent playing standard.
  • The IYBO is open to players from the 32 counties of Ireland and those with Irish citizenship living or studying abroad. A small number of foreign / guest players may be invited to create balance and make links with orchestras, education programmes and teaching institutions internationally.


  • Auditions will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
  • For those living or studying abroad, there will be the option of a web-based audition.
  • Other audition dates and venues may be announced dependent on the touring plans of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and availability of artistic staff.
  • Those offered audition will be interviewed and auditioned by the Artistic Director and one other person.
  • Auditions will be unaccompanied.
  • For audition please play 2 contrasting movements in total, each by a different composer. One composer must be from the Baroque period. The other movement can be Baroque or Classical. Some examples of suggested repertoire are:
    – Unaccompanied Bach sonatas / partitas / suites
    – Solo Telemann Fantasias
    – Corelli Violin Sonata
    – Geminiani Cello Sonata
    – Mozart Violin Concerto
    – Telemann Viola Concerto
    – Biber, Schmelzer, Castello sonatas
  • Sight-reading of modern notation will be part of the audition process. For those auditioning online, sheet music will be sent by email during the audition. IAYO will facilitate a test-run of technologies to ensure that this process runs smoothly. Auditionees may print the music or read from a screen as per their preference.
  • If you wish to perform on a period instrument or with a period bow, please do so. However, it is recommended that you audition on the instrument you are most comfortable with. Prior experience of historically informed practice is not a prerequisite for taking part in IYBO.
  • IAYO will assist those people wishing to share lifts / travel costs to Dublin to connect with others that are travelling.