Applications are open for budding classical musicians to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra and become part of SA’s Green and Gold Symphonic Team.

SANYO applications can be completed online at

The National Youth Orchestra is formed each year at courses run during the holidays, and comprise of South Africa’s top young musical talent. Auditions are for all the programmes in 2020, including the Winter Course in Johannesburg from 13 to 21 June and any additional tours and workshops.

South African National Youth Orchestra applications

Grade 7 music level

Musicians wishing to apply this year must play an orchestral instrument, be of at least Grade 7 music level, be under 25 or turning 26 in 2020, and be a resident of South Africa.

Applications close on 16 March 2020. Auditions will take place during April.

Potential orchestra members include players from communities across the country, that are chosen on merit through two auditions. The first of these is an anonymous recorded audition, after which a live audition is played behind-screen, in front of an expert audition panel at the course.

Sophia Welz, Managing Director of the National Youth Orchestra says “The National Youth Orchestra courses create exciting performance opportunities for young musicians to interact with the world’s leading music professionals, both nationally and internationally, and are the perfect way for finding pathways to professional careers, bringing people together, and forging lifelong friendships.”

To make the courses open to all who wish to attend, bursaries, scholarships and payment plans are available, but they are only decided on after a successful audition.

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