Answers to the most commonly asked questions about MYO’s Summer School:

Do I have to audition?
Entry is by application only, there is no need to audition!

I made a mistake on my application form. What do I do?
Send us an email as soon as possible and we will amend your application form for you (

I’ve missed the application closing date, can I still apply?
Yes, we can sometimes still accept late applications for some ensembles. If there isn’t a position available for you, we can put you on our waiting list and be in contact should a position become available. Please call our office to find out more on (03) 9376 8988 (Tuesday to Friday).

I didn’t receive my application confirmation or allocation email, what should I do?
This could be because:
1) The email may have made it into your junk mail – check there first.
2) Your email address may have been entered with an error.

We’re here to help out so please give us a call at the office on (03) 9376 8988 (Tuesday to Friday).

When do I need to pay the Summer School fee by?
Fees must be received by MYO by the application closing date (Friday 6 September 2019).

If you have any questions or concerns about payment, please contact the MYO office as soon as possible, on (03) 9376 8988 (Tuesday to Friday) or at

I don’t have any jazz experience; can I still apply for Jazz Orchestra or Jazz Improvisation?
While having some knowledge of jazz chords and style can be an advantage, we do accept all participants with varying degrees of jazz experience. Our jazz programs are designed to challenge all levels of experience.

What do I put on the application form if I want my second stream preference to be for a different instrument?
Please make a note of your preference in the ‘Ensemble Experience’ field in the application form, indicate that you want to apply for a second instrument and include this instrument in the ‘Instrument 2’ field.

Can I play in more than one ensemble?
Summer School is designed so that all ensembles run concurrently, so it’s not possible to participate in more than one ensemble.

I don’t know what AMEB grade I am, what should I put on my application form?
The AMEB grades listed for the ensembles are a guide to the skill level required for each ensemble and are not a formal requirement for participation. When you apply, we ask for music examination results and current levels in the most common systems in Australia. If you are not currently undertaking music examinations, or have completed grades in a system not listed on the application form, please consult with your teacher as they will know what equivalent standard you are, or call our office for advice on (03) 9376 8988 (Tuesday to Friday).

How are applicants allocated to ensembles?

Applicants will be asked to nominate 2 preferred Summer School streams.

MYO takes into account these preferences, as well as the most recent and current examination levels (or equivalent) of the applicant, age and ensemble and instrumental experience. This is done in the context of the whole cohort of Summer School applicants.

Our expert team will then allocate students to the most appropriate ensemble within one of their preferred streams. Ensemble placement will be at the sole discretion of Melbourne Youth Orchestras.

What if I am not allocated to my preferred ensemble?
We endeavour to match your ensemble to your interests; please contact us if you would like to discuss your allocation. Ultimately if you are not happy with your ensemble we will be able to issue you with a refund less the administration fee.

Can you help me find accommodation?
If you are a regional Victorian student aged between 12-17 you can apply for our Summer School Residential Camp.

Do I have to bring my own instrument?
Yes, although we do have some of the rarer and auxiliary instruments available for hire. To hire one of our instruments, please call our office as soon as possible on (03) 9376 8988 (Tuesday to Friday). Percussion is the only exception, however sticks are required; please see below for details.

Harpists will need to bring their own harps.

I play percussion. What do I need to bring?
All percussion instruments are supplied; however, percussion participants are expected to bring a stick bag containing at least one pair each of drumsticks, soft mallets for suspended cymbal (and/or vibraphone and marimba), xylophone mallets, glockenspiel mallets and timpani mallets.

Drummers participating in the Jazz Streams will need to bring their own clutch, cymbals and drum sticks.

I play piano. What can I apply for?
We take one pianist in the Jazz Orchestra, a limited number of piano/keyboard players in the Jazz Improvisation Program, and a keyboard player in the Symphony Orchestra Stream.

Will lunch be provided?
No, however there is a cafeteria in the venue where you can purchase snacks and drinks. We do recommend you bring your own bottle of water and some refreshments for the day.

I’m not from Victoria, can I still apply for Summer School?
Yes you can – our Summer School is open to interstate and international participants.

Will I get the music before Summer School starts?
Due to the dynamic nature of our ensembles, all groups will be reading a vast array of material. All participants will receive music on the first day of Summer School.

How do I get tickets to the concerts?
Tickets will be made available for purchase online through our website. Please check back closer to the time.