Auditions 2017

Auditions for both orchestras for 2017 will be held on Saturday 3 December (9am–5pm) and Saturday 10 December (1–5 pm) 2016. Venue: NZ School of Music, Victoria University. Additional pick-up auditions will be held on Saturday 11 February 2017 (for WYS – late applications only) and Saturday 11 March 2017 (12 noon–6 pm) – but only for out-of-town university students auditioning for WYO.

You can apply by completing our online 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 on 11 March.

For out-of-town university students auditioning for WYO only, there will be an additional audition day on Saturday 11 March 2017, 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 will be sent on receipt of an application form and audition deposit, as below.

Please contact the Auditions Manager on 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 online Audition Application Form.

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 (but we will send you both sets).

(Note: All applicants must pay the audition deposit before we can email them the orchestral extracts. The audition fee 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.)