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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.


CELESTE ORAM: Composer in Residence 2016 Work
JAMES MACMILLAN: Percussion Concerto No.1 Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
REUBEN JELLEYMAN: Composer in Residence 2017 Work
BRITTEN: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, op.34


Wellington – Friday 14 July / 6:30pm / Michael Fowler Centre
Auckland – Saturday 15 July / 7:30pm / Auckland Town Hall


13 February 2017 - Applications open and orchestral excerpts available

13 March 2017 - Closing date for applications – recordings must be submitted by 5pm on this date

28 April 2017 - Final date for accepting place in July 2017 season


Please note all students applying for acceptance into the July 2017 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. Each audio recording should include 2 (two) minutes maximum of your own choice of work, followed by each excerpt in order. CD’s can be posted to NZSO NYO, PO Box 6640, Wellington 6141. 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

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:

  • Do not speak on your audition to introduce yourself or the excerpts. These auditions are anonymous.
  • 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 13 February 2017 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 email 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
ANZ Bank
Reference: NYO and YOUR NAME
Particulars: Audition

Cash and cheques must be posted to:
NZSO National Youth Orchestra
PO Box 6640
Wellington 6141