Applications for 2019 are now open.  Please click the link below for details.

2019 West Australian Youth Strings Orchestra Prospectus

Members are selected through an audition process. Placement is based upon ability rather than age. The following is provided as a guide.


  • School aged musicians, usually in years 5 to 8;
  • Capable of playing the violin, viola, cello or bass to level 2 AMEB or equivalent Suzuki level (actual exam results are not a prerequisite and you can check with your music teacher for an idea of where you are up to);
  • Able to read music;
  • Able to sight read music
  • Playing in an ensemble; and
  • Actively studying with a music teacher either at school or privately.


  • Primary school aged musicians, usually in year 3, 4 or 5;
  • Experienced in playing the violin or cello for one or two years;
  • Beginner level sight reading skills,
  • Actively studying with a music teacher either at school or privately, and
  • Learning to play in a group

Applications for audition are invited in October/November with 2019 applications closing on 12 November 2018. A prospectus and application form is available via the link above.

Auditions take between 5 and 10 minutes and are used as a guide to which orchestra best suits the student.

WAYS applicants should prepare two short pieces of their choice, and any two octave scale, showing a change in position. The audition may include some sight reading and questions on technical knowledge of the pieces played.

JWAYS Orchestra applicants should prepare two short contrasting pieces of their choice and a G or D major or A harmonic minor scale. Applicants may also be asked to sight read a basic piece of music.

This video link shows the orchestras at practice and performing