Credit: Matt Grace


Complete the Application Form for the July 2014 concerts:

Apply now

General Enquiries

NZSO National Youth Orchestra
PO Box 6640
Marion Square
Wellington 6141

Ph: 0800 479 674

About the NZSO National Youth Orchestra

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 a unique opportunity 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 2014 the orchestra can look forward to a fantastic programme with world-class conductors, soloists and tutors.

Please note there will be two rounds of auditions in 2014.  One prior to the mid-year course and one following this course to decide the 2015 orchestra.


Summer Concerts – 6 & 7 February 2014
(Current Orchestra auditioned players – reduced strings)


Conductor: Ben Northey
Soloist:  Vesa-Matti Leppänen

LILBURN Aotearoa Overture
HINDSON Homage to Metallica 

Wellington – Thursday 6 February / 11.00am / Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand
Friday 7 February / 7.30pm / Napier Municipal Theatre

Season Concert 
 14-19 July
View the July 2014 players list

Conductor: Alexander Shelley
Assistant Conductor: Gemma New

BALLARD Synergos (new commission)
STRAUSS  Also Sprach Zarathustra

Wellington – Friday 18 July  / 6.30pm / Michael Fowler Centre
Auckland – Saturday 19 July / 7.30pm / ASB Theatre Auckland


15 January Applications open and orchestral excerpts available
(for participation in July 2014 season)
1 April Closing date for applications – recordings must be submitted by this date
1 May Audition results released
15 May Final date for accepting place in July season

Please note all students applying for acceptance into the July programme will need to submit an audio CD 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.

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).  You should not stop the recording in any way during the audition.
  • No editing to fix bad notes
  • Do not electronically alter a recording.

The application form and excerpts will be available from 15 January 2014 when applications open. Excerpts will not be made available until the $20 application fee has been paid.

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
ANZ Bank
Reference: NYO and YOUR NAME
Particulars: Audition

Cash and cheques must be posted to:

NZSO National Youth Orchestra
PO Box 6640
Marion Square
Wellington 6141


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