The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is open to musicians aged between 16 and 26 years on 31 December of the year in which the audition takes place. Application for the EUYO is possible for all musicians holding a passport from one of the 27 current European Union Member States. Candidates may apply to audition in any EU Member State, providing that the country is the candidate's country of birth, country of residence, country of study/work, or the country they hold a passport for.
Unlike members of the NJO, EUYO members will have to audition for a position in the EUYO every year, even if they have previously played or currently hold a position in the orchestra. However, musicians who are already an EUYO member or who were placed on the reserve list will be invited for the final audition round immediately.
Video auditions 2020 closed
The 2020 auditions (deadline 30 September 2020), organised as video auditions for a limited number of positions due to the COVID-19 measures, have been closed. Please read more about the 2020 auditions round on the EUYO auditions page on their website. Information on EUYO concerts can be found on the EUYO homepage.
Application via NJO
Under normal circumstances, the NJO organises the applications and first round of auditions for the EUYO for students born in the Netherlands, holding a Dutch passport and/or residing or studying in the Netherlands. For students of other European nationalities (including Belgian) or residence we refer you to the website of the EUYO.
To apply for a position in the EUYO (and/or NJO), you will have to create a personal NJO account or adjust your current NJO account, which you can consult and/or adjust whenever necessary.
Under normal circumstances, auditions for the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) take place in the Netherlands, usually in November and December. Candidates can apply for the EUYO, the NJO or both via the NJO portal. For all audition dates, go to Programme & planning. Candidates will receive information about the exact time and location of their audition by email. Information about the EUYO jury can be found on the NJO jury page.
General information about preparation for auditions as well as tips can be found in How to prepare.
All information about feedback, recording of auditions and the procedures after the audition can be found on our webpage After the audition.
Repertoire EUYO auditions
At the audition, EUYO candidates will be asked to play a solo piece that they have selected from the NJO solo pieces list and a selection of EUYO orchestral excerpts. Candidates should make sure they prepare one piece from the NJO solo pieces list – and notify the NJO of their choice via the NJO portal – as well as all pieces from the EUYO orchestral pieces list. Woodwind players are advised to audition for auxiliary instruments too, although this is not mandatory. Please read more detailed information on auxiliary instruments on our page How to prepare (under Auxiliary instruments).
Candidates auditioning for both the NJO and the EUYO first audition round will need to prepare the required solo piece(s) from the NJO solo pieces list as well as the required NJO orchestra excerpts. EUYO candidates selected for the final round will be asked to perform the required solo piece(s) from the NJO solo pieces list as well as the EUYO orchestral excerpts. Please note that the EUYO orchestral excerpts are different from the NJO orchestra excerpts!
For both the EUYO first and final audition round, a pianist is provided to accompany the solo recital piece. EUYO candidates are obliged to use this piano accompaniment for the auditions. The pianist will rehearse with the candidate just before the audition. Harp players and percussionists are exempted from using piano accompaniment.
Notes for percussionists:
- Percussionists will be asked to play (a selection of) the orchestral excerpts only (no solo piece).
- Percussionists who are already an NJO member, but who wish to audition for the timpanist position in the NJO, are only asked to prepare the timpani orchestra excerpts for their audition. If you also audition for the EUYO, you should prepare both the NJO orchestra excerpts for the first round and – if you are through to the second round – the EUYO excerpts for the second round. Percussionists who only audition for the EUYO should only prepare the EUYO excerpts for the first and second round.
If you have any questions regarding the NJO/EUYO auditions, please contact Daniëlle Egberts, orchestra manager NJO: danielle njon.nl. For urgent problems during the audition period please call Daniëlle Egberts: +31 6 1537 5844 (preferably between 09:00 and 17:00 CET).
If you have any questions regarding the EUYO, please read the information on the auditions page on the EUYO website or contact Lisa Wagner, projects and orchestra coordinator EUYO: lisa euyo.eu.