Auditions 2018

Auditions for both orchestras for 2018 will be held during the weekend of 27th—28th of January at the NZ School of Music, Victoria University. Additional pick-up auditions will be held at the same venue on Sunday afternoon 11th March 2018 for out-of-town university students auditioning for WYO. Players can join WYS at any point during the year.

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. We are also taking applications for Concertmaster and Principal Cello of the Youth Orchestra.

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

Audition Subscriptions and Audition Deposit: An audition deposit of $200 is payable on application. The audition deposit is fully refundable in the event that we are unable to offer you a place in either orchestra. We will send an invoice to your e-mail address for the audition deposit and, later, the subscription balance. Payments against these invoices are due immediately. A discount of $50 is given for balance payments made before 31st March. Full payment of the subscription is due by 30th April.  In cases of hardship, you can also apply for a partial or full fees discount. If you wish to apply then please contact us or e-mail us at

Please note that we will allocate you an audition time slot only once your audition deposit has been received into the WYOS bank account.

What is required for your audition: 

Applicants to WYS should prepare a two to three minute piece of your own choice. We just want to hear how well you can play a piece you like. We hope this will take the stress out of preparing for your audition. You will also be asked to do some sight reading.

Applicants to WYO should prepare the WYO music extracts for your audition. You can download the appropriate extracts for your instrument from WYO Audition Extracts 2018. If you wish to audition for both orchestras, please prepare the WYO extracts.

Please apply through our on-line Audition Application process.