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.

2022 Programme

Fabian Russell Conductor

David Mason Composer in Residence 2022 Work
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Mahler Symphony No. 1 Titan

Thursday 7 July, 7.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

Saturday 9 July, 7.30pm / Christchurch Town Hall

How to apply

  1. Fill out the NYO Audition Form and we will send you your audition excerpt packet
  2. Make sure you become familiar with our Audition Recording Requirements. Any application that does not follow the audition recording requirements will not be considered for the programme.
  3. Record your audition
  4. Upload your audition alongside your high-quality headshot and 90-150 word bio to the NYO Application Form. This will open on Mon 21 Feb.

NYO Audition Form 
Audition Recording Requirements 

To apply, you must be 25 years of age or younger as of 20 March 2022. 

Important Dates

Monday, 21 February 2022 - Applications for timpanists and percussionists open

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 - Closing date for timpani and percussion – recordings must be submitted by 5pm on this date

Friday, 11 March 2022 - Applications open for all other instruments

Sunday, 20 March 2022 - Closing date for all other instruments – recordings must be submitted by 5pm on this date

Monday, 11 April 2022 - Positions for 2022 National Youth Orchestra offered

Thursday, 14 April 2022 - Final date for accepting place