Experience Opportunity

NYOS 2024

Applications for NYOS 2024 are now open!

Apply to be part of Scotland's National Youth Orchestras for another spectacular year of music making!

Auditions are free and course bursaries of up to 100% are available.

Our courses provide outstanding orchestral education and performance opportunities for young musicians living and studying in Scotland, as well as those with Scottish connections based further afield.

Our new Music Director, Catherine Larsen-Maguire, conducts NYOS in an all-American programme in spring 2024, and in summer NYOS gives the world premiere of a new triple concerto by Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi, featuring the Amatis Trio and conducted by Teresa Riveiro-Böhm. Following its hugely successful debut year, NYOS Development Orchestra welcomes back conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa for two vibrant programmes, featuring the exceptional young soloist Aaron Azunda Akugbo in spring and Sibelius’s soaring Symphony No 1 in summer.

We encourage all those considering applying to NYOS to look at our Financial Assistance page to see what support you might be eligible for.

** No student who is offered a place on a NYOS course will miss out due to financial circumstances **


NYOS - £1,345

NYOS Development - £1,045

Membership includes:

- Tuition from outstanding professional musicians

- The opportunity to perform with world-class conductors and soloists at Scotland’s top concert halls

- Leisure time and extra-musical activities including health and wellbeing sessions, technical exercises and masterclasses

- All residential accommodation for both spring & summer courses

- All meals

- Travel to concert venues

For NYOS in-person auditions: APPLICATION DEADLINE Tuesday 3 October 2023

For NYOS & NYOS Development recorded auditions: APPLICATION DEADLINE Thursday 26 October 2023

Who can apply?

Orchestral instrumentalists:

- Born in Scotland

- Living in Scotland

- Studying in Scotland

- With Scottish family


Ages 14-22

Grade 8+ or equivalent

Live or Video audition

NYOS Development

Ages 11-18

Grade 5-8 or equivalent

Video audition

NB: Qualification is a guide only and you do not need to have taken any exams to apply. To ensure that you enjoy your time with NYOS, we may ask your instrumental teacher to confirm that the course you wish to apply for is right for you.