The Gold Coast Youth Orchestra (GCYO) provides a broad range of orchestral and band experiences to complement and enhance the ensemble offerings musicians receive in schools. The GCYO offers a unique experience for young musicians; an offering not readily duplicated. Membership and Placement into an ensemble is done through an independent audition process. Young musicians aged from 8 to 25 years are invited to apply. Every position, in every group is auditioned each year, so new applicants are not disadvantaged; an equal opportunity for all.

Audition Application for 2019 Entry

Complete your Audition Application HERE.

Key Dates

  • 7 August 2018: applications open
  • 9 September 2018: applications close
  • 21 September 2018: music excerpts online
  • 13 October 2018: face-to-face auditions at GCYO for STRING musicians
  • 20 October 2018: face-to-face auditions at GCYO for WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION, PIANO musicians
  • 20 October 2018: audition fees due ($40 per audition)
  • 1 December 2018: audition results emailed
  • 14 January 2019: late auditions; late fee $70
  • 29 January 2019: rehearsals start
  • 29 January 2019: membership fees due

Audition Fee 

Please direct deposit monies ($40 per audition)
BSB: 124 199
Account number: 2030 1230
Reference: musician name

Audition Music Excerpts

Music excerpts required for Audition to 2019 Entry are listed below. Click on the link to access the music. Audition Applicants are required to prepare and perform the stipulated music excerpt at the audition, as well as 2-minutes of a piece of your own choosing. Best wishes for a personal best audition!
Little Big BandBig BandString OrchestraJunior SymphonyYouth Symphony
LBB TrumpetBB TrumpetSO ViolinJS ViolinYS Violin
LBB TromboneBB TromboneSO ViolaJS ViolaYS Viola
LBB Alto SaxBB Alto SaxSO CelloJS CelloYS Cello
LBB Bari SaxBB Bari SaxSO Double BassJS Double BassYS Double Bass
LBB Tenor SaxBB Tenor SaxPiano - own choiceJS FluteYS Flute
LBB GuitarBB GuitarJS ClarinetYS Clarinet
LBB BassBB BassJS Bass ClarinetBass clarinet
LBB DrumsBB DrumsJS OboeYS Oboe
LBB PianoBB PianoJS BassoonYS Bassoon
JS French HornYS French Horn
JS TrumpetYS Trumpet
JS TromboneYS Trombone
JS TubaYS Tuba
JS PercussionYS Percussion
Piano - own choicePiano - own choice

Late Entry

Musicians making application for Membership to GCYO outside the stipulated Audition Periods may be considered at any time. To proceed, please follow these steps:

  • Late Applicants expressing interest, must submit an Application. Questions may be be directed to Patricia 0423 148 992 or
  • Where an instrument gap exists, that is, GCYO has space available in the group the late Applicant is interested in, then GCYO will invite the Applicant to proceed to audition. A late Membership Fee of $70 applies.
  • Where an instrument gap does not exist, the late Applicant will not be offered an audition for placement in the current year. Instead, late Applicants will be invited to apply with the majority of Applicants in the October/November Auditions for following year entry.
  • Late Applicants lose the opportunity for competitive seating. That is, all late Applicants will be seated behind on-time Applicants regardless of competence.
  • If the late Applicant has not attended GCYO before, they may participate in, or observe, one rehearsal before a formal audition. Auditions must follow by no later than week 2 from Expression of Interest. Any request for an audition time-extension is to be advised to the GCYO office at 0423 148 992 or
  • Audition Music Excerpts, plus a 2-minute piece of the musicians own choosing, is to be performed by all Applicants.
  • The Adjudication Panel for late entries, will be the same Adjudication Panel for on-time applicants or the GCYO conductor as determined.
  • Non-Members may not participate in any GCYO group rehearsal or event; exceptions may apply where GCYO invites participation by Guest Musicians.