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About the JYO

The Julianstown Youth Orchestra was founded in 2011 by Maria and Fergus Sheil. It has quickly grown and now has approximately 100 members which are organised into 2 orchestras a junior orchestra consisting of primary school children and a senior orchestra consisting mainly of secondary school students. The aim of the orchestra is to provide a uniquely high quality music experience for its members, who are drawn from counties Meath, Louth and Dublin. The orchestra operates as a not-for-profit community organisation. It is led musically by Fergus Sheil and operated by a voluntary committee.

The JYO has enjoyed many highlights in it’s short history and the orchestra has performed in the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, the Barbican, Drogheda and the Convention Centre, Dublin. JYO also performed as part of the 18th festival operated by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall in 2013 where the orchestra received an award for development of a youth orchestra. It has undertaken projects with both the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

JYO’s mission has been to provide a wide range of orchestral instruments to its members, particularly the more rare and expensive instruments. Through donations and fundraising from parents, through grants from Music Network and Meath Leader Partnership, and through instrument loans form the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, JYO has assembled an impressive instrument bank of violins, violas, cellos, double basses, piccolo, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trombones, Timpani and a large range of percussion instruments.

JYO also facilitates a wide range of instrumental teachers who provide individual tuition for many of our members on Saturday mornings in Cólaiste na hInse. Some leading teachers (including members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra) provide tuition in string, wind, brass and music theory in association with the orchestra.