Created to inspire WAYO’s tertiary students, this scholarship is available for up to six 2024 WAYO members that successfully audition for the WA Youth Orchestra. This scholarship covers full membership fees (valued at $640) plus a $500 monetary prize, with preference given to leadership positions within the orchestra.

This award has been created in recognition of Peter Moore OAM, WAYO’s long-serving Music Director. Co-creator of the Babies Proms, this award honours his inspirited direction of WA Youth Orchestras and outstanding contribution to music in WA. Originally from London, Peter began his early musical life studying piano, violin, and later the bassoon. Since 1986, Peter has been an inspirational conductor of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO). For many years Peter has also delighted young audiences presenting the highly successful WAYO Babies Proms Concerts, designed to introduce young people and their families to the excitement of an orchestra and music. These curated concerts are a sell-out every year, and in recent years the Babies Proms have grown to Singapore and throughout Asia. He is also a frequent guest Conductor and Presenter with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and has presented conducting and educational programs for Symphony Australia, Australian Youth Orchestra and Musica Viva. Peter has also had a distinguished career as a professional bassoonist, having been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and for 13 years Principal Bassoon with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. From 2004 – 2016 Peter was Principal Baroque and Classical Bassoon with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. For 20 years Peter was Associate Professor and Head of Wind Studies & Conducting at the University of Western Australia and currently lectures and is a guest conductor at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). In the year 2000, he was honoured by the Australian Government with the Order of Australia Medal for his work in music education.

About this Award


  • Available for up to six 2024 WAYO members that successfully audition for the WA Youth Orchestra.
  • Recipients must be studying full time at a tertiary institution.
  • Recipients must successfully audition for the WA Youth Orchestra (members of Philharmonic, Camerata, Flute Choir, Collegium and Sinfonietta are not eligible for this award)
  • Recipients must perform in all WAYO Perth Concert Hall seasons and Children’s Concerts in 2024.
  • Previous PMOAM Scholarship recipients are ineligible.

Applications are received until our late auditions 3 December and successful recipients are notified after accepting a position in the WA Youth Orchestra in mid January 2024.


  • Preference for scholarship positions may be given to leadership positions within the orchestra (Concertmaster or Principal positions).
  • Past service to WAYO may be considered however new members are encouraged to apply.