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Q: What is the age limit of auditioning for the Orchestra?
A: You must be at least 17 years old and not older than 29 years old to apply.

Q: Is there a quota for musicians in each country to participate in the Orchestra?
A: No, there are no quotas. Every musician from every Asian country has an equal opportunity to participate in AYO.

Q: When and where do the auditions take place?
A: Auditions are held each year from January to March. For specific dates and venues in your country, please contact your local representative.

Q: How do I apply for the auditions?
A:  Please apply online via AYO website. Your local representative will inform you the audition time.

Q: Is there a minimum requirement to participate in the Orchestra?
A: Yes. You must be able to play fluidly, from memory, all of the major and minor scales and major repertoire for your instrument.

Q: What will I be asked to play at the audition?
A: You will be asked to play:

  1. One fast and one slow movement from compositions of your choice;

  2. Orchestra excerpts.

Q: If I cannot attend the live auditions, can I audition by tape?
A: If you are not able to attend the auditions, you may upload your video on YouTube/Youku, but we will not listen to the it until we have heard all live auditions and your taped audition may only be considered in very rare circumstances.

Q: When will audition results be announced?
A: Audition results will be announced on or before 31 March. Applicants will receive email notification no later than 10 April.

Q: Do I need to pay to participate in AYO?
A: AYO is a tuition-free program. Accommodations, meals, transportation and tuition will be provided at no cost throughout the Rehearsal Camp and Tour. But all musicians invited to join AYO are required to pay a registration fee.

Q: When is the Rehearsal Camp and Tour?
A: Usually the Rehearsal Camp begins in mid-July and runs for three weeks. The Tour immediately follows the Rehearsal Camp and continues for another three weeks, usually until the end of August.

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