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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Deadline: February 28 2014

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra (Sanyo). This is a special year for the orchestra as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The orchestra is formed each year at the Sasol National Youth Orchestra courses and comprises South Africa’s top young musical talent. Members include players from communities across the country and are chosen on musical merit through two auditions. The first is an anonymous recorded audition, after which a live audition is played behind-screen in front of an expert audition panel.

The South African National Youth Orchestra has supported the training and development of South Africa’s young musicians nationally through its courses and development programmes that include programmes for instrument repair technicians, young conductors, arts administrators and young composer training. Its legacy is far reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa and across the globe.

This year the Foundation boasts a whole series of National courses and programmes for young orchestral musicians between the ages of 13 and 25 who have attained a minimum Grade 6 music level. The courses help to equip young people with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment, and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians.

In the orchestra’s big celebration year they will perform in the pit for Vuyani Dance Theatre’s 15th anniversary production Full Moon in April/May in Johannesburg. Then the National Youth Wind Orchestra will gather in Durban in June/July for the Sasol Winter Course. In December the National Youth Orchestra for 2014 will play alongside National Youth Orchestra alumni spanning its five decades, starting in Stellenbosch and Cape Town and doing a tour of South Africa.

To make the courses open to all who wish to attend, bursaries, scholarships and payment plans are available. Applications are now open, and can be completed online at Applications close on February 28 2014. Young musicians wishing to apply must play an orchestral instrument, be of at least Grade 6 music level and be resident in Southern Africa. To apply visit or e-mail