Wellington Youth Orchestras

Next concerts

Saturday 31 July 3 pm, St James Church, Lower Hutt

Sunday 1 August, 3 pm St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington

Mark Carter – WYO Music Director

WYO is the only full-size symphonic orchestra for young players in the Wellington region. The Music Director is Mark Carter. He says: ‘The 2021 season will be challenging and rewarding for all sections of the orchestra. I highly recommend being part of it. There is no other orchestra in Wellington like it!’

Photo of Mark Carter, WYO Music Director

WYO rehearses on Monday evenings during term time (7-9.30 pm) in the Adam Concert Room at the New Zealand School of Music. Our use of the ACR is made possible by the generous support of the New Zealand School of Music. We are also supported by Wellington City Council Arts and Culture Fund, and by the Nikau Foundation.

Our alumni

For many of our players, such as Gemma New, Ben Morrison, Blythe Press, Malavika Gopal, Greg Pharo, Alice Gott, and Nicholas Hancox, WYO has been the stepping stone to further instrumental study overseas and a successful professional career in music. Several WYO alumni are currently playing with the NZSO, including Steve Taylor, Anna van der Zee, and Malavika Gopal.

Concerto competition

The winner of the annual concerto competition performs as a soloist with the orchestra for the third concert of the year.

We also encourage student composers, whose work may be premièred by one of the orchestras.

Instruments available

As well as percussion instruments and a double bass, the orchestra owns some wind and brass instruments (an oboe, cor anglais, bass clarinet, several bassoons, and a French horn), which are available for players to use during their time with the orchestra.  If you are interested in using one of our instruments, please contact the Orchestra Manager.

NZSO tutorials

In addition to rehearsals, we have sectional rehearsals with NZSO players, made possible through the NZSO’s Education programme.

Fees

Players pay an annual subscription of $450 + GST (discounted to $400 + GST if paid by the 31st March). Full-time university students get a 50% discount.

$200 + GST is paid as an audition deposit. You will get it back in full if we can’t offer you a place in either orchestra. The audition deposit must be paid before we confirm your audition time or review your audition recording.

Having trouble paying the fee?

We can offer a full or partial scholarship in cases of hardship. Just email us at admin@wyos.org.nz.


About Wellington Youth Sinfonietta

Wellington Youth Sinfonietta was established in 1993 as a training orchestra for Wellington Youth Orchestra.  It provides orchestral training for players from Grade VI level upwards working with a professional conductor. WYS provides a valuable foundation in orchestral playing for young musicians in the greater Wellington area, offering opportunities for solo performance for its senior players, and performance opportunities for student composers. We also have a long tradition of training young conductors.

Our Music Director for 2021 is Brendan Agnew.

You can apply for the 2021 season by completing our online Audition Application Form. No specific audition extracts are required. Instead, prepare a short piece (3–4 minutes) that you like and send us the MP3 file (more information available on the Auditions page).

WYS rehearsals are held each Saturday morning during term time in the Adam Concert Room at NZ School of Music, Victoria University, from 9.30 am–12 noon. They start on Saturday 13th February.

WYS works closely with WYO, as well as the NZSM Young Musicians Programme. The first concert of the year is usually a joint one with Kāpiti Youth Orchestra.

Instruments available

As well as percussion instruments and a double bass, the orchestra owns some wind and brass instruments (an oboe, cor anglais, bass clarinet, several bassoons, and a French horn), which are available for players to use during their time with the orchestra. If you are interested, please contact the relevant Orchestra Manager.

NZSO tutorials

Sectional tutorials by NZSO players are given during the year as part of concert preparation. WYS gives several short concerts a year, and also plays at Artsplash in the Michael Fowler Centre.

Our partnerships

Each year WYS joins with Kāpiti Youth Orchestra  for a weekend of rehearsals, tutorials, and fun, culminating in a joint concert. See the Gallery section for images from previous Joint Orchestra Weekends.

Fees

Players pay an annual subscription ($450 + GST per annum, discounted to $400 + GST if the balance is paid by 31st March). $200 + GST of this is paid as an audition deposit, and the balance is due at the start of Term 1.

Every year we endeavour to source grant funding so that we can offer partial or full fees scholarships in cases of genuine financial hardship. Applications for scholarships are assessed following a successful audition. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, then please contact us or e-mail us at admin@wyos.org.nz.

Photo of WYS End of Year Concert at St Andrew's, The Terrace

WYS End of Year Concert at St Andrew’s, The Terrace