Ulster Youth Orchestra of Northern Ireland
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How To Join

The application process for 2016 is now closed.

Download the 2016 Application form HERE!

General Information about our audition requirements is given below:


Applications are invited from instrumentalists aged between 14 and 23 on 18 August 2016. You should be of a standard equivalent to Grade VII/VIII Associated Board. Promising players who have not yet reached this standard are also encouraged to apply. Applications are particularly welcome from viola, double bass, french horn, oboe and bassoon players.


Applications will be accepted from young musicians born, resident or studying in Northern Ireland, however, consideration will be give to other applicants at the discretion of the board to ensure the necessary orchestral balance.


Auditionees will be required to play two contrasting pieces of your choice (not two movements from the same piece). Percussionists will be required to have experience on side drum, timpani and xylophone and should prepare one piece for each of these instruments. An accompanist will not be provided and most auditionees will play unaccompanied. You may bring an accompanist if you

wish. Applicants will be required to sight-read from orchestral works and will also be sent orchestral excerpts to prepare in advance. 

A non-refundable audition registration fee of £15.00 is required before an audition can be scheduled. Please make cheques payable to “Ulster Youth Orchestra”.  The membership fee covers all course fees plus free entry to other education events such as open rehearsals with the Ulster Orchestra, our annual Play-in Day and more to be announced!

Auditions will be scheduled on 21st and 22nd December2015 and will take place in the City of Belfast School of Music, Fortwilliam Park, Belfast.  

Applicants are encouraged to apply to their local council and school or college for financial assistance. A Bursary Fund is available for students who are in financial need and are unsuccessful in their applications to the above. Further details are available from the General Manager.




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