NZYSW 2024/2025

Audition Information 2024/25

The band for the 2023/24 has been selected, however if you are interested in joining the band for the 2024/2025 season please complete the form linked below:


All standard concert band instruments are welcome to try out for the band, including woodwind, brass, percussion and double bass.

Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 as of 31st December 2024. The minimum expected standard is approximately that a level of Grade 7 Trinity (or equivalent).

NZYSW has one position for Assistant Musical Director. Expressions of interest for this role should be addressed to us directly. Please email if you are interested in this unique position. Note that this particular role requires an advanced level of musical experience and training, and will generally be suited to a student with some university study and/or prior conducting experience. 

Closing Date for Auditions:

Thursday 30 November 2023 at 11:59pm


  • Winter event July 2024 (four nights), venue tba.
  • Summer event January 2025 (four nights), venue tba.


The membership fee for the 2024/25 season will be $650, and covers both the winter and summer courses. This includes accommodation, food during the course, tuition and coaching costs. It also partly helps us cover the cost of chaperones/managers attending the course, venue hire, concert expenses, percussion hire, buses, music, etc. Musicians are responsible for travel to and from their home and the rehearsal location.

Successful applicants will be notified by email. A deposit of $200 is required upon acceptance of a position. Final payment is due by May 1st 2024. Students with concerns around financing membership should not feel dissuaded to apply. Please let us know if you have any concerns around being able to cover the cost.

The membership fee is non-refundable, however refunds will be considered in extenuating circumstances, and assessed on a case by case basis. If the event itself is affected by government restrictions, e.g. COVID, participants and parents will be duly notified of postponements and/or, in the event of cancellation, refunded.

Our management team are volunteers, so if you or your family members would like to help in any way with the running of the programme, please feel free to let us know.

Registration/Audition Form

To apply for NZYSW 2024/25, please complete the form linked below:

NZYSW gratefully acknowledges Pub Charity Ltd., Southern Trust Ltd., Bethlehem Coachlines Ltd., as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for past sponsorship and support.