The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is committed to the development of New Zealand’s young orchestral musicians through the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Since its inception in 1959, the National Youth Orchestra has played a vital role in providing unique opportunities for the country’s most gifted young orchestral performers, many of whom have gone on to forge successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians and teachers.
Approximately 50% of the current players in the NZSO are former members of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
In 2015 the orchestra can look forward to a fantastic programme with world-class conductors, soloists and tutors.
Season 27 June – 4 July
Conductor: José Luis Gomez
Soloist: Bridget Douglas
DUKAS Sorcerer’s Apprentice
IBERT Flute Concerto
NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence New Commission – Salina Fisher
DEBUSSY La Mer
Wellington – Thursday 2 July /6:30pm / Michael Fowler Centre
Christchurch – Saturday 4 July / 7:00pm / Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret’s College
Audition excerpts will be available from 16 January 2015.
|16 January 2015||Applications open and orchestral excerpts available
(for participation in June/July 2015 season)
|27 March 2015||Closing date for applications – recordings must be submitted by this date|
|20 April||Audition results released|
|1 May||Final date for accepting place in June/July season|
Please note all students applying for acceptance into the June/July programme will need to submit an audio CD or MP3 recording of themselves. This audio recording should be made in one take and should be unedited. Students who do not comply with these rules will not be considered for inclusion in the orchestra.
CD’s can be posted to NZSO NYO, PO Box 6640, Wellington 6011. Mp3 recordings are too large to be accepted via email, so please send these via a file sharing website such as dropbox, google drive or similar. The contact email for these submissions is email@example.com
Tips for creating your CD recording:
Make sure that the recording itself demonstrates the highest possible audio quality so that your performance can be evaluated fairly. Always keep an extra copy of your audition recording in case there are problems along the way.
There are a few restrictions for any audition recording:
- Your audition should be created as one file (including your own choice work and the excerpts in this order). You should not stop the recording in any way during the audition.
- No editing to fix bad notes
- Do not electronically alter a recording in any way.
The application form and excerpts will be available from 16 January 2015 when applications open. Excerpts will not be made available until the $20 application fee has been paid. Please allow 2-3 days for us to process your payment before we send out your excerpts.
You can pay this by mailing us the money or a cheque, or via internet banking.
Our internet banking account is:
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Reference: NYO and YOUR NAME
Cash and cheques must be posted to:
NZSO National Youth Orchestra
PO Box 6640
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