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.

The Western Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO) is the flagship ensemble of the Association and is recognised as one of the finest youth orchestras in Australia. 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. Under the Musical Direction of Peter Moore OAM , WAYO will perform some of the greatest large-scale repertoire ever written for orchestra in an ambitious and highly rewarding atmosphere. In 2022, a busy concert schedule will include three blockbuster performances at the Perth Concert Hall with conductors Peter Moore OAM, Jen Winley and a special International Conductor . As part of a landmark partnership supported by Woodside, a significant number of WAYO members will be invited to perform side-by-side with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) from the Perth Festival , as well as whole orchestra tutorials with WASO. In recent years WAYO has also presented special Children’s Concerts, Christmas Concerts and collaborations with West Australian Opera. If you are passionate about music, this is sure to be a fulfilling and rewarding orchestral experience.

See the Western Australian Youth Orchestra in action below performing at Perth Concert Hall to no audience on Saturday 18 July 2020, and again on 30 May 2021 with special guest artists.

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“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