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

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, are required to submit an Application.
  • 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.