The youth orchestra that makes kids pay to play

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?




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