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November auditions round: registrations closed

Registrations for the November round of TYO 2023 have now closed. Applicants who registered for this round have received their excerpts and an audition time.​

  • In-person auditions for this round will be held on the weekend of 26-27 November 2022.

  • Recorded auditions are due 4pm Saturday 26 November.

  • Placement offers for 2023 from this round will be emailed in mid-December 2022.

February 2023 auditions round: registrations open now

In February 2023, TYO will hold auditions for any remaining 2023 program vacancies. You can register for this late round here; and we will contact you closer to the time with excerpts and an audition time.  

TYO is a vibrant music community for young people aged five to 25. A place where musical skills are developed and nurtured, enduring friendships formed and where every TYOer is part of an awesome annual program of inspiring performances. Join us in 2023!

Placement offers

The TYO audition process is designed to ensure young musicians are placed in the ensemble most supportive of their musical development.

Ensemble offers will be based on individual merit, determined by the candidate’s audition performance, ranking and the audition panel’s recommendation for ensemble placement. For more information see the TYO Audition and Selection Policy 2022.

PLEASE READ: an important note on fees

  • Audition fees. Every applicant auditioning for TYO pays a non-refundable audition fee of $40, which must be paid prior to the audition commencing. Fees assistance is not available for audition fees.

  • Annual fees. All TYO ensembles and chorales also have annual participation fees; however, they should never be a barrier to participation and participation fees support is available for applicants who meet eligibility criteria. 

  • Please note: fees for 2023 have not yet been finalised but they will increase from 2022.

  • As a guide, 2022 TYO fees were between $625 and $645, depending on ensemble.

  • TYO has kept fees at the same level since 2019; but with the cost of delivering programs now much higher, an increase is necessary for 2023.

  • 2023 participation fees will be confirmed and advised when audition excerpts are emailed.


Not sure which TYO ensemble is for you? Find more detail on each ensemble here and contact our team if you would like further guidance.

*PLEASE NOTE: the playing levels and age ranges indicated below are approximate and are provide as a guide only. The level indicated is AMEB or equivalent musical assessment standard.

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Level: *AMEB GR7+, age range 14-25

Instruments: Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/Cor Anglais | Clarinet | Bassoon | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Tuba | Timpani | Percussion | Harp | Piano (some programs)


TYO Chamber Orchestra

Level: *AMEB GR5-7, age range 13-20 years

Instruments: Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/Cor Anglais | Clarinet | Bassoon | Alto Saxophone | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Tuba | Timpani | Percussion | Piano (some programs)


TYO Sinfonietta

Level: *AMEB GR3-5, age range 9-18 years.

Instruments: Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/Cor Anglais | Clarinet | Bassoon | Alto Saxophone | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Tuba | Timpani | Percussion | Piano (some programs)

TYO Camerata Strings

Level: *AMEB Prelim-GR2, age range 7-12 years

Instruments: Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass 

TYO Percussion Ensemble

Level: *AMEB GR6+, age range 15-25 years

Instruments: TYO Percussion Ensemble auditions across the following instruments; however, other percussion instruments may be used in programs, depending on repertoire. | Timpani | Snare Drum | Xylophone | Marimba | Auxiliary Percussion


Auditions will be up to 10 minutes in duration. You will audition to a panel of two to three musical specialists. Your audition will also be videoed. In your audition, you will be asked to demonstrate your technical ability and musicianship in the following ways.

  • Play two short excerpts, which will be provided to you up to two weeks prior to the audition. Please note the excerpts accounts for 50% of your audition score, so you should prepare them well.

  • Perform, unaccompanied, a short piece (three minutes or less) of your own choosing. You should select a piece that best demonstrates your level and abilities – but we recommend you choose something you know you can play well under pressure.

  • Play two scales with the greatest level of proficiency you can demonstrate. Choose your tempo and octave range according to your ability and if possible, vary your articulation between scales.

  • Depending on the ensemble, sight reading may be included in the audition.


  • An accompanist is neither required nor permitted in auditions. 

  • Parents are not permitted in the audition room. 


  • Full venue details will be advised when your audition time is confirmed.

  • Recorded audition options are available for anyone who cannot audition in person on the scheduled dates.

  • Auditions will be conducted in accordance with the TYO Audition and Selection Policy 2022.

  • Applicants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their audition time for registration and warm up. (A warm-up room will be available.)

  • Parents may assist their child in the warm-up room if absolutely necessary; however, to support COVIDSafe operations we prefer parents to sign their child into auditions then wait outside the venue. Your child will be well supported to warm up and move to the audition room when the panel is ready for them.

  • Parents are not permitted in the audition room. 

  • Further information will be provided with confirmation of your audition time. 


  • Once an audition time has been confirmed, applicants will be issued with an invoice for the fee of $40 per audition. 

  • Please note the audition fee is not negotiable and must be paid prior to the audition. (Payments can be made online prior or by cash or eftpos on the day of the audition.)

  • Applicants who have not paid will not be permitted to audition.

  • Financial assistance is available for participation fees once selected; but is not available for audition fees.


  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their audition in mid-December 2022.

  • The audition assessor/s will discuss placement decisions with TYO's General Manager following the audition and ensemble offers will be allocated from the successful auditionees.

  • Please note that TYO may provide feedback following an audition but TYO does not release audition ‘scores’ or release the audition video. Scores and video are confidential to the panel. 

  • More information is available in the TYO Audition and Selection Policy