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


How much does Winter School cost?


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 Winter School fee by?
If we are able to offer you a place in the 2023 Winter School, payment is required upon application.

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

When do applications close?
Applications are due close Friday 5th May. However, as Winter School is strictly limited to 150 positions MYO may need to close some instrument applications early. As a result we recommend applying early!

Do I apply for a particular ensemble stream?
For the 2023 Winter School there will only be symphonic band ensembles so all applicants are atomically allocated into this ensemble stream. Allocation into particular symphonic band ensembles will be based on ensemble experience, current AMEB or equivalent level and previous AMEB exam results.


Can I play in more than one ensemble?
Winter 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?
MYO takes into account you 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 Winter School applicants.

Our expert team will then allocate students to the most appropriate ensemble and 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 then you can withdraw from the program.


Where is Winter School held?
Winter School is held in the vibrant arts precinct in Southbank. All rehearsals will take place in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Southbank Campus. The end of week performance will take place at Iwaki Auditorium.

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.

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.

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 Winter School?
Yes you can – our Winter School is open to interstate and international participants.

Please note: MYO is unable to offer student accomodation for the 2023 Winter School program.

Will I get the music before Winter 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 Winter 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.

I play a string instrument or piano, can I apply for Winter School? 
As the 2023 Winter School is a bands only program, we’re unable to cater positions for string instruments or piano. Applications for the 2024 Summer School will open in mid July.