Auditions 2018

Auditions for both orchestras for 2018 will be held towards the end of January 2018 at the NZ School of Music, Victoria University. Additional pick-up auditions will be held in March 2018 (for WYS – late applications only) and out-of-town university students auditioning for WYO.

You can apply by completing our on-line Audition Application Form.

The audition panel is made up of the music directors of both orchestras, plus an independent adviser, and all decisions are made by the panel.  You will be informed of the outcome of your audition within 48 hours of your audition, but final seating decisions for WYO will not be made until the auditions are completed in March.

For out-of-town university students auditioning for WYO only, there will be an additional audition day in March 2018, 12 noon–6 pm. Venue: Adam Concert Room, NZ School of Music, Victoria University. We are also taking applications for Concertmaster and Principal Cello of the Youth Orchestra. Audition requirements are the same excerpts for your instrument with some extra added. Audition excerpts are available as below.

The audition extracts will be available shortly for download. This will give you an opportunity to prepare the pieces and to discuss them with your music teacher.

Please contact the Auditions Manager at if you have any questions about the auditions process.

Deposit: A deposit of $200 is payable on application. This will be refunded if we are unable to offer you a place in either orchestra. Full details of how to pay are on the on-line Audition Application Form.

Please Note: We will allocate you an audition time slot only when your audition deposit has been received into the WYOS bank account. The audition deposit is fully refundable in the event of an unsuccessful audition. In cases of hardship, you can also apply for a partial or full fees discount when you send us your application.

What is required for your audition: Applicants to WYS should prepare the WYS music extracts for their audition. You will also be asked to do some sight reading.

Applicants to WYO should prepare the WYO music extracts for their audition. You will also be asked to do some sight reading.

If you wish to audition for both orchestras, please prepare the WYO extracts.