Rather shocking intelligence from the Australian Youth Orchestra, whose website promises:
All your experience as a student and player reaches a pinnacle when you become a member of AYO’s flagship ensemble: the Australian Youth Orchestra. Selection is an acknowledgement of excellence at a national level.
But the box on the side says: Cost (per student) $1,250.
The AYO July season involves a tour of Europe, Asia and Australia. Cost per student $4,750.
In both cases, AYO will arrange and cover all travel, instrument freight, meals and accommodation costs associated with the program.
Is that standard practice elsewhere?