New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds, in its ninth year, is the National Youth Concert Band for young musicians in New Zealand
It is an initiative of New Zealand Concert Bands Association. Our Music Director is Dr Kevin Cameron and he will hold this position through to 2022. To find out more about the NZYSW in general, please check out the About NZYSW page.
Musicians who play woodwind, brass, percussion instruments, or string bass are invited to audition. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 as of 31st December 2021. It is expected that an approximate level of Grade 7 Trinity or equivalent is the minimum playing standard.
Closing Date for Auditions:
Sunday 6 November 2021 at 11:59pm
Dates (subject to change – Covid dependent):
- Summer Event in Auckland: Tuesday 11 –Saturday 15 Jan 2022 (four nights)
- Wither Event in Christchurch: Monday 11 – Friday 15 July 2022 (four nights)
In 2022, the full membership fee will be $550. This will include accommodation, most food, costs associated with engaging a professional 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 location.
A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance of a position. Final payment is due by January 1st.
Reimbursements will not be made for musicians who find themselves unable to attend for any reason other than bereavement or medical emergencies. If the event is affected by COVID restrictions, participants will be notified of postponements or refunds if the event is cancelled.
To apply for the NZYSW, please complete the entry form, linked below:
NZYSW gratefully acknowledges Pub Charity Limited, Southern Trust Ltd, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for past sponsorship and support.