Since 1994 the finest pre-professional youth orchestras of Europe have been working closely together and have formed an association known as the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO). With its 38 member organisations to date, EFNYO provides a platform for the exchange of expertise in music training and performance between the leading national and international youth orchestras of Europe and takes over responsibility for skilling future generations of musicians. In this regard, the Federation truly benefits from its unique position at the interface of higher music education and the music profession.

The Federation's major objectives are therefore to act as an advocacy network and to establish a platform of communication and cooperation among its members and further networking partners.

We consider it as our major duty to deal with cultural political matters and policy changes relevant to both music education and the music profession. Our objectives are to guarantee a healthy environment for training new generations of musicians and to ensure adequate economic and social structures for cultural organizations and audiences throughout the EU.

EFNYO organises at least one General Assembly per year and working group meetings for its members and networking partners. EFNYO board members regularly participate in international conferences, such as the annual meetings of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, the European Music Council, Culture Action Europe, and conferences of European Orchestras Associations.

Within the EFNYO work programme, we offer a range of activities including training formats for musicians and managers. Today developments in the field of culture prove that symphony orchestras and other ensembles need to diversify their ways of performing, communicating and engaging with audiences. We also regard it as essential to offer training on entrepreneurial skills and career management in order to diversify the professional portfolio and to raise the competitiveness of young music professionals on the European labour market.

Membership types and conditions

  • Full Membership: European national youth orchestras working as leading training orchestras in their countries. Musicians are mostly nationals of these countries or study there, auditions are held on a national level. Full members have full voting rights at General Assemblies.

 

  • Associate Membership: International youth orchestras resident in Europe and overseas. Musicians are recruited on an international basis with auditions in several countries.

 

  • Cooperating Membership: can be of three different types - candidate orchestras for full/ associate membership, national youth orchestras with residence overseas, and related institutions in the sectors of music profession and education.



For more information and applications for membership, please contact the EFNYO office.

EFNYO honorary members

Arthur van Dijk (EFNYO founder and first president: 1994 - 2000, Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, Netherlands)

Richard Chester (EFNYO president: 2000 - 2005, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland)

Joanna Crooks (EFNYO vice-president: 1998 - 2005, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland)

Maria Karwowska (EFNYO board member: 2009 - 2012, The Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus)

Ayis Ioannides (EFNYO board member: 2011 - 2012, Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra)

 EFNYO Board

 

 EFNYO Office

Since 1994 the finest pre-professional youth orchestras of Europe have been working closely together and formed an association known as the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO).

With its 38 member organisations to date, EFNYO provides a platform for the exchange of expertise in music training, music performance, audience engagement, transnational mobility and intercultural dialogue between the leading national and international youth orchestras of Europe. Assuming and sharing responsibility for skilling future generations of musicians, the Federation truly benefits from its unique position at the interface of higher music education and the music profession.

As an advocacy network, EFNYO enhances communication, cooperation and capacity-building between its members and networking partners in Europe and overseas.

EFNYO cooperation projects involve activities ...

> to sustain and shape the future of symphonic music in Europe

> to nurture new youth orchestra initiatives on a national/international level

> to highlight the excellence of European musical talent gathered in pre-professional youth orchestras

> to foster transnational mobility, professional and audience-building skills for pre-professional musicians

> to enhance the interest of young musicians and new audiences in musical diversity and contemporary music performance

In addition, we consider it as our major duty to deal with cultural political matters and policy changes relevant to both music education and the music profession. Our objectives are to guarantee a healthy environment for training new generations of musicians and to ensure adequate economic and social structures for cultural organizations and audiences throughout the EU.