ConCorda 2023

ConCorda 2023 will take place in Newtown School, Waterford from 30th July – 7th August 2023.

Applications are now closed for 2023.

Please note: a 3-minute video submission, of a single piece of music, is required as part of your application.

The video is NOT an audition but will be used to organise players into quartets with those of a compatible ability and will not be made public by us.

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.

Please upload the video to a streaming service such as YouTube or Vimeo and provide us with a link, either included in the application form or by email later to

The video(s) need not be public – you can upload it as an unlisted video if you wish.

If you are having any difficulties, please contact the IAYO office at or 021-4215185.

Participation Fee

The participation fee is €550 and will include full board, accommodation and tuition fees.


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:

  • ConCorda is open to string players aged 14 – 24 of grade 5 or equivalent playing standard and above.
  • 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 – 24, 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.

Apply here.