Auditions for WYO

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

Please Note: Even if you played in the orchestra last season, it is important that you complete an application for the new season. Thank you.

Wellington Youth Orchestra Auditions 2021

For WYO you have the option of a live audition or of submitting a video audition. This option is open to all WYO applicants. Details of how to submit your video recording are given below. If you wish to be considered for one of the section principal or concert master positions you improve your chances by opting for a live audition. However, these positions will be allocated to the player most suitable for the role for that particular performance, irrespective of audition type.

Please apply for audition by completing the Wellington Youth Orchestra Audition Application Form. You will receive an acknowledgement by e-mail, an invoice for the Audition Deposit and full details of the audition process.

Live auditions this year will take place at the Adam Concert Room on Sunday, 21st February 2021.

Auditions, live or by video, are by playing the Audition Excerpts. You can view and download the WYO audition excerpts from the Audition Excerpts page.

There is also the possibility of coming along to one of the rehearsals. If you would like to do this then please make sure that you contact us first either through our Contact us form or by e-mail to

For auditions by video, please prepare a video recording of you playing the full Audition Excerpts for your InstrumentPlease start your recording by saying your name and date of birth so that we may be sure to identify you from the recording. The recording must be made in one take with no edits or cuts. Video recordings made on a smart phone will be acceptable.

  • Go to YouTube
  • If you do not already have a YouTube account then create an account
  • Sign in to YouTube
  • Select Upload
  • Set the privacy settings for the video to be ‘Public‘ and ‘Unlisted‘. the ‘Unlisted’ will mean that it is not found by any search and only people with the link will be able to view it. if you wish, you can delete the video once the auditions are complete.
  • Upload your audition video
  • E-mail the link to the uploaded video to or provide it via the Youth Orchestra Audition Application Form
  • You can insert the link into the application form or e-mail it to us later. Please make sure that we have the audition recording by 21st February at the latest. Thank you.

    Please note that the submitted audition recordings will be reviewed together, in a batch, close to the start of the 2021 season so please do not expect an immediate response. You will be given plenty of notice about the outcome.

    In any case it is essential that you complete the audition application form so that we have up to date details and know that you wish to join the orchestra this year.

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

    Orchestra Subscription and Audition Deposit

    The basic subscription to WYS and WYO for 2021 is $517.50 ($450 + GST). An audition deposit of $230 ($200 + GST) is payable on audition application. The audition deposit is fully refundable in the event that we are unable to offer you a place in either orchestra (no matter which you apply for).

    The $287.50 ($250 + GST) balance of the subscription is due after successful audition and is payable by the end of April. We offer a $57.50 ($50 + GST) discount for balance payments made on or before 31st March.

    We will send an invoice to your e-mail address for the audition deposit and, later, an invoice for the subscription balance. Payments against these invoices are due immediately. You can make a payment into the WYOs Kiwibank account: 38-9019-0797014-00. Please give your full name and invoice number as the reference.

    In cases of financial hardship, you can also apply for a partial or full fees scholarship. If you wish to apply then please select the option on the application form, contact us or e-mail us at