Application and Auditions

Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra 2022

Applications for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra 2022 are now closed.

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.
  • Performance at Varazdin Baroque Evenings, Croatia: A selection of participants from IYBO 2022 will be invited to give a performance in Croatia this autumn, with funding from Culture Ireland from 28 September – 1 October 2022.

Please note: Players who apply for the summer course and have not previously taken part in any Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra activities, will be required to attend the introductory course in April 2022. Exceptions may be made for players already familiar with Baroque music.

Players may apply for the online course only if they wish.

The deadline for applications has now passed.

Note: A video submission is required to apply for the IYBO Summer Course. Please see further information below.

For more details on both courses, please see http://www.iybo.iayo.ie/about-the-orchestra/.

Course Information for IYBO Summer Course

  • IYBO 2022 will be held in Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin from Monday, 18th July – Saturday, 23rd July 2022.
  • The fee for participation in the summer course will be €200.
  • The course is non-residential. However, limited accommodation is available at Wesley House for which there will be a charge of €100 to subsidise the overall cost of staying.
  • IYBO will provide daytime meals to participants.
  • Extra-curricular activities may be arranged on some days after the course.
  • All participants will perform on period instruments provided by the IBO, IAYO and other partners if possible.
  • Prior experience of historically informed performance is not a prerequisite for taking part in IYBO.

Application Information for IYBO Summer Course

  • Application to IYBO Summer Rehearsal Course is open to players of violin, viola, cello, double bass / violone, harpsichord, flute, oboe and bassoon.
  • Entry to the IYBO Summer Course is by application form and audition video submission of two contrasting pieces. Audition videos must be included with the application as described below.
  • Places will be offered on the basis of information provided in the application form, on video submissions and also, potentially, on communication with teachers.
  • 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 living and studying in 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.
  • Please note: Players who apply for the summer course and have not previously taken part in any Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra activities, will be required to attend the introductory course in April 2022. Exceptions may be made for players already familiar with Baroque music.
  • Players may apply for the online course only if they wish.

Audition Videos | IYBO Summer Course

  • Auditions for the IYBO Summer Course will be by submission of a video of two contrasting pieces. Video links must be submitted with the application form.
  • Please provide a link to your audition video. YouTube or Vimeo work best. If you use another video sharing service, please make sure it does not require extra software downloads.
  • Please do not submit video files by email.
  • For harpsichord / continuo, two movements, each from a baroque sonata or suite, will be provided to applicants up to four weeks before the submission date of the video. One movement will have a solo part and an unfigured bass in order to test the applicant’s ability to work out harmonies; the other a solo part and a figured bass in order to test the applicant’s ability to read figures. Ideally continuo players will accompany another instrumentalist but this is, of course, dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.
  • For players of all other instruments, please play two 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
  • If you wish to perform your audition video on a period instrument or with a period bow, please do so. However, it is recommended that you perform on the instrument you are most comfortable with. Prior experience of historically informed performance is not a prerequisite for taking part in IYBO.

Video Format and Quality

Please note that it is the quality of playing that we are interested in rather than the quality of the recording. A video recorded on a smartphone or tablet will be perfectly suitable.

YouTube or Vimeo work best. If you use another video sharing service, please make sure it does not require extra software downloads.

The video(s) need not be public – you can upload it as an unlisted video if you wish. This video will not be made public by us and will solely be used for the purpose of your audition.

If you have difficulty with uploading to YouTube or Vimeo, please contact the IAYO office at info@iayo.ie or 021-4215185 / 086-0570062.