2021 season

For the 2021 Season, the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds invited young musicians to attend a Winter intensive in Wellington in mid-July, led by Wellington conductor Brent Stewart. 

Due to COVID restrictions, we were unable to offer a Summer event in January 2021.

Winter Event

The New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds returned with its 2021 Winter Concert.  This concert they were led by music Director Brent Stewart. These young musicians presented a fantastic concert at Wellington College.  The NZYSW would like to extend its gratitude to the NZSO and Pub Charity for their support.

artistic director - dr. Kevin cameron

Kevin Cameron is an enthusiastic and experienced leader in education, where a passion for teaching and the nurturing of positive relationships are central to his practice. As an exemplary conductor, professional musician and teaching artist Kevin brings a unique perspective to leadership, stakeholder relationships, team building and high-performance outcomes through his diverse experience in schools, universities and professional industry groups. He is Director of Performing Arts at Gippsland Grammar in Sale (Vic), Australia.

music director winter event - brent stewart

Brent Stewart- 2021 Winter Intensive Conductor

Brent Stewart is a conductor, percussionist and pianist based in Wellington.  He studied music at Auckland University, Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand School of Music. Brent is the Music Director of New Zealand’s largest symphonic choir, Orpheus Choir Wellington, the Assistant Director and piano accompanist for the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, Principal Percussionist of Orchestra Wellington, a casual percussionist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and was the Music Director of the Hutt Valley Orchestra from 2007 until the end of 2016.  He has extensive experience performing and touring both nationally and internationally. Brent has performed and recorded as a concerto-soloist (percussion) with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonia. His recent engagements include conducting St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Brent is also the director of NZSO’s live streams, and on behalf of the New Zealand Choral Federation, provides conductor mentoring for individuals around New Zealand. Recently, Brent left his post as Head of Music at Wellington East Girls’ College after 9 years to focus on his freelance music activities. 

Audition information

Auditions for the 2021 Season of the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds are closed.  Check back on the website for details about 2022 auditions.

If you would like any further information on the band, please contact us on nzysw@nzcba.org.