The NZYSW aims to be New Zealand’s premier youth wind ensemble. It is open to young people 16 to 24 years of age. Successful members will have the opportunity to train, excel and perform on their chosen instrument at the highest level with the best directors in NZ.
We provide musical, personal and leadership growth and opportunities through regular rehearsals/workshops and performances throughout the year under professional guidance. Past directors/clinicians include Dr. Robert Taylor, Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Conducting & Ensembles University of British Columbia, Owen Clarke ex RNZNB, Helen Renaud of Burnside High School and, for 2017/18 Simon Brew past director of NZ Air Force Band.
We aim to foster and encourage lifelong performance skills, friendships, contacts and education for future generations of wind and percussion musicians.
At all levels, NZYSW focuses on building strong communities and encouraging participation across all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational backgrounds.
We have a commitment to improving both the quality and capacity of music education across New Zealand, playing a leadership role in collaborating with education and music partners to ensure that a high quality music education is available for all young people in New Zealand.
The NZYSW was formed by Andrew Stopps as part of a workshop at the 2014 NZCBA National Festival. After 90 minutes rehearsal, the ensemble performed “Canticle of the Creatures” by Jim Curnow, at the Festival Concert – an A grade piece!