Auditions for WYS

COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Please note that all players and other people attending WYS rehearsals and performances must be fully vaccinated in order to participate.

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

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

Wellington Youth Sinfonietta Auditions 2022

This year we would like you submit a 3–4 minute audio (preferably) recording of you playing a favourite piece or extract rather than attending a live audition. The idea is to remove the pressure and nervousness that may arise from a live audition, and to give you the best chance to demonstrate your playing skills. Please start your recording by saying your name and date of birth so that we may be sure to identify you from the recording.

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

Your audio recording will be reviewed by our audition panel and, on the basis of their judgement, they will decide on offering you a place in WYS for the 2022 season. You may upload your audio recording at WYS Audio Audition Upload. Alternatively, if it is easier for you to make a video recording then please follow the instructions for WYO about how to upload your video to YouTube and send us a link to it. You can insert the link into the application form or e-mail it to us later.

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 Rehearsals started this year on Saturday 13 February.

If your playing is of exceptional standard, the audition panel may refer you to the auditions for a place in Wellington Youth Orchestra (WYO). In that case you should prepare the WYO Audition Excerpts for your instrument.

Please note that the submitted audition recordings will be reviewed together, in a batch, close to the start of the 2022 season, so please do not expect an immediate response.

Please also note that your recording will be reviewed by the audition panel only after payment of the Audition Deposit has been received. Please arrange to pay the $230 ($200 + GST) Audition Deposit into the WYOs Kiwibank bank account 38-9019-0797014-00. Please give your full name as the reference.

Please read the “Orchestra Subscriptions and Audition Deposit” section below.

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 2022 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 email 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 email us at