ConCorda 2020

Newtown School, Waterford. (

26th July – 3rd August 2020.

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Applications are now open. Closing date for applications is Friday, 22nd May 2020.

Please note: a video submission is required as part of your application. The video will be used to organise players into quartets with those of a compatible ability. A video recorded on a smartphone or tablet will be perfectly suitable. It is your playing that we are interested in rather than the quality of the recording.

The video should be 3 minutes in duration and of one piece of your choice.

Please upload the video to a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo and provide us with a link. The video(s) need not be public – you can upload it as an unlisted video if you wish. This video will not be made public by us and will solely be used for the purpose of organising participants into suitable groups.

If you have difficulty with uploading to YouTube or Vimeo, please contact the IAYO office at or 021-4215185.

Participation Fee

€500 including full board and all tuition fees. Fees are payable on acceptance to the course.


There is a €100 reduction for the second and subsequent students from the same family.

There is a 10% discount available to those that participate in both ConCorda and the Xenia Chamber Music Course in Fenestrelle in the Alps of Northern Italy. Find out more about the Xenia Course.

Selection Criteria

Participants are selected on the following basis:

  • A balance of instruments on the course, ideally a ratio of 2 violins to 1 viola to 1 cello.
  • A balance of standard and experience in each of the quartets taking part in, or formed for the course.
  • ConCorda has been traditionally a senior chamber music course. While requirements define ages normally 14 – 26, with special credit given to outstanding young talent, when selection is necessary the older and/or more advanced applicants will get priority acceptance.
  •  Selection between applicants who are of the same expertise, age and qualification will gain precedence if they come as part of a preformed group and/or have already played at ConCorda for a number of years.
  • If there is an imbalance of instruments at selection time, those who show more versatility (e.g. violinists doubling viola) may receive ‘special’ credit for this.