Wellington Youth Sinfonietta

Wellington Youth Sinfonietta is the training orchestra for the Wellington Youth Orchestra.  It provides orchestral training for players from about Grade V level upwards.

We offer opportunities for solo performance for senior players, and performance opportunities for student composers. We also have a long tradition of training young conductors. Player reps have a seat on the WYOs Board.

WYS rehearses on Saturday mornings (9.30-12.00) during school terms at Crofton Downs Primary School, 21 Chartwell Drive. WYS morning teas are legendary.

Wellington Youth Orchestra

Wellington Youth Orchestra is the only full-size symphonic orchestra for young players (Grade VIII and above) in the Wellington region.

MD Mark Carter says: ‘The 2022 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!’

Here’s what the Middle C critics thought of our Showcase concert, October 2021: An Orchestral Feast Showcasing a Rising Star – Peter Gjelsten (violin) with the Wellington Youth Orchestra

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.

This is the full WYO rehearsal and concert schedule for 2022.

We are also supported by Wellington City Council Arts and Culture Fund, and by the Nikau Foundation.

Support us

Interested in supporting WYO or WYS? University students these days sometimes struggle to pay their WYO sub. Can you help?

Several tiers of sponsorship are currently available, from Platinum to Bronze. Perhaps you’d like to put your company name on one of the principals’ chairs – e.g. Concertmaster, Principal Clarinet, Principal Horn… What instrument or chair do you most want to support? Tell us your ideas.

We are a registered charity. All donations are tax deductible. You can make a donation by internet banking.

Read more here.


WYO Concerto competition

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

Here is a link to our Showcase concert for 2021, featuring Peter Gjelsten playing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with WYO: Latitude LIVE | Wellington Youth Orchestra: Showcase 2021.

In 2022, we will hold our first composition competition, open to anyone aged up to 25 years. The winner’s work will be premièred by WYO. More news coming soon.

Instruments available

As well as our own timpani, we own some wind and brass instruments (an oboe, a cor anglais, a 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 regular rehearsals, both orchestras have sectional rehearsals with NZSO players, thanks to the NZSO’s Education programme.

Fees – WYO and WYS

WYS: Players pay an annual subscription of $400 + GST (but $450 + GST if paid after 31 March).

$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. The balance is due at the start of Term 1.

If you need fees relief, just ask us: email admin@wyos.org.nz

WYO: University students pay only $200 plus GST. If you need fees relief, just ask us: email admin@wyos.org.nz

That’s all that is needed.

Every year we work hard to get grant funding so we can reduce the fees for players in financial hardship. Players can also apply to Music Futures for financial help with their music costs: see Music Futures web site.

WYS Concerts

Each year, WYS gives several short public concerts and also plays at Artsplash in the Michael Fowler Centre, accompanying the massed choirs, and performing a couple of pieces on their own.

WYS 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


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