The County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra is a member of The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. It caters for young musicians from all over County Tipperary and neighbouring counties. In 1998 it was the recipient of an I.A.Y.O. National Award presented by The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at The National Concert Hall, Dublin, where it again performed in February 2000 and received the Award for the second time. During it's trip to America, it visited Boston and New York and performed at five concerts in Connecticut.
Rehearsals & Concerts: Members ages range from twelve to twenty plus with guest musicians taking part on special occasions. Members are mainly students attending The Ryan School of Music and Music Schools, Colleges or private teachers. Auditions are held annually. The required standard of musicianship is determined by the Director. Rehearsals are held on Fridays from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. at St. Ailbe's School, Tipperary Town. Concerts are held throughout the year in Churches, Schools and Concert Halls.
Funding: To facilitate the activities of The County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra requires the provision, maintenance and transport of expensive essential orchestral instruments and equipment, professional services, administration, storage, music and related expenses. These needs are met by The Ryan family Music business helped by an Annual Fund-raising Patron's Draw,the proceeds of Concerts, an annual membership subscription and contributions from the I.A.Y.O. Rehearsal facilities and funding for same are provided by South Tipperary V.E.C. and St. Ailbe's School, Tipperary.
In 2013 the CTRYO did a tour of the Rhineland region of Germany. In 2014 member of the CTRYO completed a tour of Italy . In 2015 they performed in The National Concert Hall, in 2016 they toured and performed in an International Festival in Porec, Croatia.
The County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra is conducted by: Michael John Ryan M.A. Dip.C.S.M.,Dip. F.A.