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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 2024!


Registrations 2024 Auditions are now closed

Applications for our main round of auditions are now closed. 

However, please contact us if you play Violin & Viola (AMEB grade 6+), Flute (AMEB grades 5+), Oboe and Bassoon (AMEB grades 3+). 

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.

Candidates who don't get into their ensemble of preference may be offered a position within another ensemble. 

PLEASE READ: an important note on fees

  • Audition fees. Every applicant auditioning for TYO pays a non-refundable audition fee of $45, 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. 

  • 2024 TYO full-year fees are:

    • $730 for Camerata Strings, Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra & TYO Tasmanian Junior Chorale

    • $745 for The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, TYO Tasmanian Youth Chorale & Percussion Ensemble


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 GR3+, age range 9-25 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


Love to sing too? Join a TYO Chorale! 

Click here to read more about our chorales and to register to join (no audition required!) TYO Chorales are offered at a discount for participants who wish to sing in a chorale as a second ensemble. 


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. 


Increasing opportunities for young musicians around Tasmania

  • Through its TYO Connections program, TYO offers opportunities for young Tasmanian musicians living outside of Hobart to participate in advanced TYO ensembles – without having to travel to Hobart every week.

  • TYO Connections places are currently offered for the TYO Chamber Orchestra and the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra. Connections musicians participate through a combination of online and in person attendance.

  • Please note that like all TYO places, Connections placements are auditioned – so a placement within the program depends on a successful audition.

  • If you are interested, please register for an audition and let us know in the comments section of the registration form that you are interested in participating through the Connections model.

How TYO Connections Works

  • Young musicians living outside the Hobart area can audition to be part of the TYO Chamber Orchestra or the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and – if successful in their audition – apply to utilise the ‘hybrid’ TYO Connections model.

  • TYO Connections players need to commit to attending one in every three TYO rehearsals in person in Hobart.

  • Travel support, in the form of mileage payments, is available if required to support participation for travel to in-person rehearsals in Hobart.

  • In the intervening weeks, TYO rehearsals will be videoed and a link sent to any musicians participating through Connections.

  • Connections musicians need to commit to formally reviewing/playing along with these rehearsal videos each week, to ensure they can develop with their peers;
    and keep pace with the development of the works.

  • All Connections musicians are expected to attend the final rehearsal prior to a concert in person; and to be available for all performance


Normal TYO participation fees still apply; but TYO believes that fees should never be a barrier to participation. Fees assistance is available to eligible TYO musicians, including all Connections musicians.


  • 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.

  • 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 $45 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 via email early November 2023.

  • The audition assessor/s will discuss placement decisions with the TYO Team 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

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