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 email our office to find out more at (Office days are Tuesday to Friday).

I didn’t receive my application confirmation or allocation email, what should I do?
Please ensure you check your junk mail or spam folders for the email first.  If you cannot locate the email, please reach out to the MYO team via email (

When do I need to pay the Winter School fee by?
Full payment of the enrolment fee is required upon application.

If you have any questions or concerns about payment, please contact the MYO office as soon as possible at (Office days are Tuesday to Friday)

When do applications close?
Applications close at 5pm Friday 3rd May. However, as Winter School is strictly limited to 150 positions, MYO may be required to close some instrument applications early. We recommend applying early to avoid disappointment!

Do I apply for a particular ensemble stream?
The 2024 Winter School comprises only of Symphonic Wind Ensembles. Participants will be allocated to the ensemble best suited to their ability, as described in their application form.

I play a string instrument or piano, can I apply for Winter School? 
As the 2024 Winter School is a Symphonic Wind Ensembles only program therefore, we’re unable to cater positions for string instruments or piano. String and piano players can apply for our 2025 Summer School when applications open in mid-July.


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?
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 email our office for advice at  (Office days are Tuesday to Friday).

How are applicants allocated to ensembles?

The MYO team allocate applicants based on numerous factors, including;

  • Current examination level (AMEB or equivalent)
  • Age
  • Years of experience on the instrument
  • Previous ensemble experience
  • Auxiliary instrument experience

All this information is collected as part of the application process. Our expert team will use this information to allocate students to the ensemble best suited to their abilities.

All MYO programs are designed to bring students together to enjoy the experience of ensemble playing and our Winter School is no different. While musical ability is considered, it is important that students are also allocated to ensure that their social needs are met during the course of 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 Winter School Bands Showcase will take place on Saturday 13th July at Iwaki Auditorium.

Do I have to bring my own instrument?
Yes, although we do have limited auxiliary instruments available for hire. To hire one of our instruments, please email our office as soon as possible at (Office days are Tuesday to Friday).

Percussion is the only exception; however, sticks are required; please see below for details.

I would like to play an auxiliary instrument, how can I apply?
If you are willing to play an auxiliary instrument (i.e. piccolo, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet etc.), please indicate on your application form. Even if you do not own the instrument, we highly encourage you advise us what instruments you play as we do have limited instruments available to loan for the program.

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 of the following:

  • Drumsticks
  • Soft mallets for suspended cymbal (and/or vibraphone and marimba), xylophone mallets
  • Glockenspiel mallets
  • Timpani mallets

One of our regular percussion tutors has kindly put together the following list for all beginning/intermediate percussionist to contain in their stick bag: Percussion Mallet / Stick Guide

Will lunch be provided?
No, all participants are required to source their own lunch for Winter School. However, Lionel’s Café is located on-site at Winter School where you can purchase snacks, hot food and drinks. Students should bring their own bottle of water and some refreshments for the day.

Lionel’s Café will also have lunch orders available for pre-order. A link to pre-order lunches will be provided to families closer to the commencement of Winter School 2024.

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 accommodation or travel allowances for the 2024 Winter School program.

Will I get the music before Winter School starts?
Due to the dynamic nature of our ensembles, all groups will be sight- reading a vast array of material. All participants will receive a link to digital copies of the music for practise purposes at the end of 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 via Try booking. Tickets will open for purchase closer to the commencement of Winter School and will be communicated to families.