Join the flagship Melbourne Youth Orchestra and explore ambitious repertoire in Victoria’s leading youth orchestra

Melbourne Youth Orchestra is recognised as one of Australia’s leading youth orchestras, with many of our members advancing to professional careers. In Melbourne Youth Orchestra you’ll join Victoria’s brightest young musicians, work with highly respected conductors and educators, and delve into advanced orchestral repertoire.


Approximate standard: AMEB Certificate of Performance+
Approximate age range: 15 – 25
Rehearsals: Saturday 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, timpani, piano/celeste, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass*

Join Melbourne Youth Orchestra to:

– Build your knowledge of music history, theory and cultures through the exploration of key musical works;
– Refine your technique and adapt it to ensemble performance at a high level;
– Share and enrich your love of orchestral music with friends and peers;
– Develop personal and professional skills in preparation for your future study or career;
– Gain performance experience in professional settings including recordings and concerts.

Special projects for Melbourne Youth Orchestra may include:

– Performances at a Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Sidney Myer Music Bowl Free Concert
– Side-by-side performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
– Performance at Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight (strings)
– Regional tours and recording projects

*Participation in special projects is by invitation. All programs are subject to change on a yearly basis.

2024 Flagship Concert Season Overview*

DVORAK Carnival Overture
Nigel WESTLAKE The Glass Soldier Suite
PROKOFIEV Romeo & Juliet (from Suites 1,2 & 3)

SIBELIUS Karalia Suite
Miriama YOUNG Kinds a Blue (2023)
BORODIN Symphony No.2

COPLAND Appalachian Spring
VARIOUS 100 Years of Music for Cinema – Korngold to Zimmer to Rachel Portman

STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring

*Repertoire subject to change