World Federation of Amateur Orchestras

World Federation of Amateur Orchestras

World Federation of Amateur Orchestras

World Federation of Amateur Orchestras serves as worldwide exchange platform for amateur music making in symphonic ensembles in different dimensions. We are proud members of the International Music Council, and connect with music organizations all over the globe.

The World Federation of Amateur Orchestras is dedicated to the worldwide advancement of youth and amateur music making. At the philosophical core of the organization is the profound believe that music bridges cultural, geographical and historical divides, and in doing so makes the world a better place for both young and old.

One of our main activities are the organization of international orchestra conferences. Here participants from multiple countries and continents meet to discuss various matters on the development of orchestra activities. The last years we have been in Bergen (2018), Singapore (2019). The conference in Tokyo, June 2020 is unfortunately cancelled. We look forward to our next conference which will take place in Dresden, Germany, September 2021.


Ready for BTHVN2021

The organizing committee, with project manager Emilia Schmidt in front, has been doing a marvelous job preparing for the BTHVN2021 – Passion meets profession, in Germany. On Friday September 17th,…

A Report from USA (WCO 10th Anniversary)

This report was first published on our sister organization NPO-WFAO’s website. Mission Statement of World Civic Orchestra: “Music is a moral law.It gives a soul to the universe wings to…

WFAO Lounge – Restarting amateur orchestras after the pandemic and the lockdown

WFAO invites all members and other interested parties to join our first online WFAO Lounge. It will take place on Sunday, March 21st 2021, at 1PM to 3PM UTC, using…

Official statement about Tokyo 2020

It is with great regret that WFAO announces that the international orchestra conference in Tokyo, Japan, June 4 – 7 2020 is cancelled. The organizer in Japan has decided to…

No Music No Life

In 72% of the 380 cases, government authorities are responsible for violations and the art form censored the most is music with 39% of the cases. Freemuse has presented a breathtaking report showing that censorship of arts and culture is a much larger issue in Europe than what we would like to believe.


“Connecting people through music”February 22nd-23rd 2020 Adult amateur musicians from a score of countries and citieswill gather at St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music & the Arts, Armagh Rd, Crumlin, on Saturday February 22nd and Sunday February 23rd including musicians from…

Tokyo 2020

JAO, NPO-WFAO and WFAO are happy to announce the Tokyo 2020. From June 4 to 7 the World Amateur Festival Orchestra, the World Amateur Orchestra Forum and the World Amateur…