Project Description

The Western Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO) is the Association’s premier ensemble. Recognised as one of the finest youth orchestras in Australia, it features some of the state’s most talented young musicians.

Since being founded in 1974, WAYO alumni now occupy significant positions in every major orchestra in Australia. With up to 100 players, WAYO is able to perform the finest in large-scale symphonic works.

In 2021 WAYO again presented three programs at the Perth Concert Hall, including our Woodside International Conductor Season in July. Recent repertoire for the orchestra’s mainstage seasons included such highlights as Ravel’s arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition, Mahler’s monstrous Symphony No. 2, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.

In addition to the Concert Hall seasons, WAYO presented a series of educational Babies Proms concerts, and six concerts of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

If you are passionate about music, this is sure to be a fulfilling and rewarding orchestral experience.

Find out more about applying to join any of our ensembles

visit the audition page

“WAYO has been a great learning experience for me as it helps build an understanding of orchestral playing and repertoire. It is also a great way to meet new friends – I’ve met some of my closest friends through the orchestra…”

— Aidan, French Horn