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IBO Apprentice Programme

The Irish Baroque Orchestra Apprentices receive comprehensive professional development training, tailored to their needs.

“The Irish Baroque Orchestra Apprenticeship Scheme has been the most helpful orchestral training scheme I have taken in part in, providing me with on-the-job training, advice, and professional support. I now work professionally as a baroque violist in both Ireland and London less than a year after completing my apprenticeship.” Martha Campbell, Viola, IBO Apprentice 2020-2021

Are you studying a baroque string instrument and looking to take the next step in your career? Look no further than the IBO’s Apprentice Scheme! Our unique and immersive programme is designed to cultivate the next generation of professional musicians, and has already launched the careers of several professional musicians. 


The space between completing one’s studies and entering a profession can be a difficult one to navigate. As an apprentice you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with our experienced musicians, gaining invaluable experience and insights into the inner workings of a professional orchestra. You will also receive one-on-one mentoring and lessons, attend professional development sessions and have the opportunity to perform with the orchestra. The notion of learning a craft from experienced hands is an ancient one, and the in-depth experience in historical performance offered by the IBO Apprentice Programme is the first of its kind in Ireland. 


This is a huge opportunity for exceptional string players who are completing, or have recently completed, third-level study with some element of historical performance training. This may be on a second study instrument, or through experience gained with the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra. We want to support your growth and development using our musicians and expertise, and help you to get the most from your year as an IBO Apprentice. 


Summary of the Apprentice Year

The Apprentice pathway comprises the following opportunities:

  • Lessons with experienced professionals. 

  • Professional development and mentoring sessions e.g. writing CVs and biographies

  • Developing skills in education and participation activity, from planning to delivery.

  • Intensive coaching and a performance showcase

  • Involvement with the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra, in a principal seat

  • Participation in two projects with the IBO

  • The chance to develop your skills in historically-informed performance in a supportive professional environment. 

  • Instrument loan where feasible. 

  • Access to the IBO music library. 


Additional opportunities may arise during the course of the year. 


“In my experience, the Apprenticeship Program was truly unique. It is a perfect bridge between student life and professional career, with the advantage of having a team behind you to help and guide you in the process. In historically-informed interpretation there is really a world of things to learn that take you to another much deeper and more meaningful level of interpretation, which with the help of the Scheme one can walk through and experience.” Giammaria Tesei, Violin, IBO Apprentice 2022 



We recognise that musicians develop their careers at different stages in their lives. Therefore there is no formal age limit for the Apprentice scheme, but we expect that all applicants will either currently be engaging in third-level study, or will have completed third-level study within the last year. 

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