NZSO National Youth Orchestra

Te Tira Pūoro Rangatahi

Tomorrow’s performers today 

We are committed to developing New Zealand’s young orchestral musicians through the NZSO National Youth Orchestra.

Formed in 1959, the National Youth Orchestra has played a vital role in providing unique opportunities for the country’s most gifted young orchestral performers. Performers have the opportunity to learn from and perform with leading conductors, artists and musicians of the NZSO. Many have gone on to forge successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians and teachers.


Tianyi Lu Conductor
Shan Liu Piano

Jessie Leov 2024 Composer-in-Residence Work
Khachaturian Piano Concerto
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5


Fri 05 Jul, 6.30pm
Michael Fowler Centre

Palmerston North
Sat 06 Jul, 7.30pm
Regent on Broadway


You can request your excerpts NOW by completing the Audition Pack form below. There is no deadline to submit a request for an Audition Pack, although the earlier you apply, the earlier you can get practising.

Before you start preparing your excerpts make sure you are familiar with our Audition Recording Requirements. Any application that does not follow the audition recording requirements will not be considered for the programme.

If you have any questions about the audition process or the upcoming project, please do not hesitate to email

We look forward to receiving your audition form!

Please note: applications for 2024 NYO will open on 01 March and close on 18 March at 5pm.


Applications are open to people aged 25 years and under who are NZ Citizens, Permanent Residents, Student or Working visa holders of over 6 months, or exchange students.


11 Dec 2023  Audition packs available to request via Audition Pack form
01 Mar 2024 – Applications open
18 Mar 2024 – Applications close 5pm
03 Apr 2024 – Positions for 2024 National Youth Orchestra offered
08 Apr 2024 – Final date for accepting place
30 Jun 2024 – 2024 National Youth Orchestra programme commences
07 Jul 2024 – 2024 National Youth Orchestra programme ends  

NZSO Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor Gemma New.

The brilliance and passion of our young musicians gives a burst of energy and inspiration to audiences around New Zealand, as we tour the next generation of artistic talent.

The NYO consists of young musicians under the age of 25 who meet annually to rehearse and perform a large symphonic repertoire in Wellington over the course of a week.

The musicians are selected by taped audition, and for many, this is the one occasion each year when they get to work with a full orchestra and professional conductors and soloists. 

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The 2023 NZSO National Youth Orchestra

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Meet... Jessie Leov

NZSO NYO Composer-in-Residence 2024

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Redeem two complimentary NYO tickets with an NZSO Membership

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