Information, Audition Material and Application Form for 2019 – Winter Event

New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds 2019 Information (Application Form at end of this document)

NZYSW, in its sixth year, is the leading concert band for musicians aged under 25.  It is an initiative of New Zealand Concert Bands Association.

Our Musical Director is Dr Kevin Cameron.  He will hold this position through to 2022.


Musicians of wind, brass, and percussion instruments are invited to audition.  Age must be 16 to 24 as of January 1, 2019.  Musicians under 16 may be accepted depending on their playing level and experience. It is expected that an approximate level of Grade 7 Trinity or equivalent is the minimum playing standard.

Closing Date for Auditions for Winter Event

Friday May 31, 2019 but preferably before. Please advise of your interest as soon as possible


Winter Event: Thursday July 4 in Christchurch, finishing July 7th. Three nights.

There are some places available for Winter Event: Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba and possibly Percussion.

TUBA SCHOLARSHIP of $250 is available for Winter Event, sponsored by Kan Murphy Trust


NZCBA is committed to ensuring the cost of NZYSW is as low as possible. In 2019, the full membership fee will be $450 or $250 for one event. This will include accommodation, most food, costs associated with Musical Director/chaperones/managers, venue hire, concerts, percussion hire, buses, music, etc. Musicians are responsible for travel to and from their home and the rehearsal venue.

A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance of a position or $250 full payment for  Winter Event as soon as acceptance is acknowledged.

Reimbursements will not be made for musicians who find themselves unable to attend for any reason other than bereavement or medical emergencies.

NZYSW gratefully acknowledges Pub Charity Limited for sponsorship.

Audition Requirements

Each musician is required to film/video themselves.  The video must not be edited.  Don’t worry about your hair either….we just want to hear your music! But take care not to obscure your face and hands.

On your video:

  • State your name clearly, first and last.
  • Play all excerpts first. Two PDF file(s) for each instrument are contained in the following Google Drive folder. The title of the file indicates the bar numbers that should be played. Please note: some of the excerpts that have been set test extreme ranges of the instrument… they are designed to do so! Please give these your best attempt. Auxiliary instruments (Eb/bass clarinet and piccolo) need only play the prescribed excerpt on the instrument – no solo piece is required from these instruments – however players must also complete the full audition requirements on their standard instrument equivalents (clarinet and flute, respectively). EXCERPTS HERE
  • Perform one other piece of your choice: please, no longer than three minutes. You may stop before the end if the work is longer than three minutes, or you may play two shorter contrasting works, or excerpts of these works.
  • We are looking/listening for tone, technical skill, musical shaping, tuning, sense of style.  Please choose your work(s) to show these aspects of music making.

Load your performance onto your drive (google, drop box etc) and paste the url in the application form. Please ensure permissions are granted so we can open it.

For further information, contact Kathleen Mulligan, President/Secretary NZCBA (