Information, Audition Material and Application Form for 2019

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.

MD for 2019 has not yet been appointed


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:

October 31, 2018


Summer Event: Will be in Auckland. Awaiting verification of a collaborative event’s dates but likely be from Wednesday January 23 to Saturday January 26. Three nights.
Winter Event: Thursday July 4 in Christchurch, finishing July 7th. Three nights.

Musicians are expected to participate in both Summer and Winter Events. Exceptions to this will be considered based on available instrumentation, reason for absence, past commitment to NZYSW.


NZCBA is committed to ensuring the cost of NZYSW is as low as possible. In 2019, the membership fee will be $450. 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.

Cost will be $250 for anyone accepted to one event only.

A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance of a position.

Full payment is required by early January 2019. 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 (