“Being a part of the NZSO Fellowship Programme this year has been an unforgettable experience. I have discovered so much about the life of professional orchestral musicians as well as everything that goes on behind the scenes to make the concerts the successes that they are. This programme allowed me to better understand so many aspects of what is expected from a professional musician, which is invaluable information for me as an aspiring orchestral player. It was also wonderful to be given the opportunity to meet and have lessons with NZSO musicians. I would recommend the fellowship programme to anyone considering a career as an orchestral musician.” – Monica Dunn, Bassoon, 2019 Fellowship student

If you are thinking about an orchestral or conducting career, this is a great opportunity for you to hone your skills. Once you have been selected, you will get first-hand practical experience of what it is like to work with a world class professional orchestra. During your year-long association with the Orchestra, you will work with NZSO principals, observe and rehearse with the NZSO and interact with international conductors and soloists.

Due to Covid-19, our Fellowship Programme is currently suspended. Please e-mail all inquiries to

“Conducting is often seen, or thought of, as a dark art, random and unteachable. The opposite is true; the conductors world of gestures, energy, inspiration and leadership have much technique to be learned. Just as an instrumentalist wouldn’t stand in front of other musicians and play untrained, so too a conductor must learn as much of the craft as possible, before the further journey of experience with real world challenges and developing one’s own personal style, can begin. earning this and being involved with an orchestra at a high level, is priceless.”  - NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich



Isabella Gregory – Flute – Wellington

David Paligora – Trombone – Auckland

Grace McKenzie – Violin – Auckland

Luka Venter – Conducting – Wellington

Costa Simpson – Conducting – Auckland

Joshua Kirk – Conducting – Auckland

Jason Bae – Conducting – Auckland