Wellington Youth Orchestras

About Wellington Youth Orchestra

WYO to Dazzle!

Wellington Youth Orchestra Dazzle! concert, Sunday 28th July at 7 p.m., at St Andrews on the Terrace.

Middle C reviews the WYO Dazzle! concert.

WYO Concert Competition

The winner of the WYO Concerto Competition for 2019 is Asaki Watanabe, Concertmaster .of Wellington Youth Sinfonietta.

Asaki’s prize will be to play her concerto at the last WYO concert of the year. There will be two performances, on 6 and 12 October.

Warm congratulations to all the second-round contestants. The standard in 2019 was very high, and we heard some great performances. The panel of judges was Mark Carter (Chair), Vesa-Matti Leppanen, and Hamish McKeich.

You can read more about Asaki on the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta Facebook page.

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 2019 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 gives three public concerts each year. Our 2019 programme is here: WYO-2019-ƒ

Although player numbers have already reached 50, we are still accepting applications from prospective players for both WYO and WYS. Just complete the on-line application form to send us your details and we will contact you to make arrangements.

WYO rehearses on Monday evenings during term time (7-9.30 pm) in the Adam Concert Room at the New Zealand School of Music on the Victoria University campus. 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.  In 2019, this will entail two performances, not just one.

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 several sectional rehearsals with NZSO players during the course of the year, 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 can apply for a discount of 50%.

$200 + GST is paid as an audition deposit, and is fully refundable if the auditioner is not offered a place in the orchestra. The audition deposit must be paid before we confirm your audition time.

Scholarships available

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 assistance, then please contact us or e-mail 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 2019 is Simon Brew, formerly Director of Music for the RNZAF.

Photo of Simon Brew, WYS Music Director

Entry is by annual audition, but players are welcome to audition at any time during the year. No specific audition extracts are required. Instead, prepare a short piece (2-3 minutes) that you like and send us the MP3 file. (More information available under the Auditions tab.)

You can apply by completing our online Audition Application Form.

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.

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 Kapiti 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 alumni

We are proud of our alumni. Senior players usually move on from WYS to Wellington Youth Orchestra and to university study in music performance. Many of our players have gone on to further instrumental study overseas and a successful professional career in music. One of our foundation players, Steve Taylor (double bass) plays in the NZSO. Other former players, such as Blythe Press, Greg Pharo, Alice Gott, and Alexis French have studied (or are studying) in Europe, North America, and Australia. Several of our student composers (including Natalie Hunt, Karlo Margetic, Isaac Stone, and Tabea Squire) have won national awards for composition. Gemma New is making a name for herself in North America as conductor of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra in Canada, whilst Nicholas Hancox is now a professional conductor in Germany.

Our partnerships

Each year WYS joins with Kapiti 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