New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds

The New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds is the premiere Secondary Student Concert Band of New Zealand. It runs under the National Bands Programme facilitated by the NZCBA. 

This group brings the best secondary school student wind, brass, and percussion students together in the ultimate show of collaboration and  education. NZYSW meets twice a year in an intensive rehearsal and concert process, with education from some of the music industry‚Äôs leading educators and performers. 

The New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds aims to empower youth music making, and is centred around four core ideas;

  1. To provide members with opportunities to both connect with and perform with other high level musicians
  2. To create an environment that fosters musical growth
  3. To develop and empower the next generation of musicians
  4. To strengthen the connection between the NZCBA and our musical communities

Coming from a smaller town, being in the NZYSW was an opportunity to see a wider world of music at a higher level, and the experience was everything I wanted it to be and more.

Bella Anderson, NZYSW alumna

Artistic Director – Dr. Kevin Cameron

Kevin Cameron is an enthusiastic and experienced leader in education, where a passion for teaching and the nurturing of positive relationships are central to his practice. As an exemplary conductor, professional musician and teaching artist Kevin brings a unique perspective to leadership, stakeholder relationships, team building and high-performance outcomes through his diverse experience in schools, universities and professional industry groups. He is Director of Performing Arts at Gippsland Grammar in Sale (Vic), Australia.

Highlights from the 2021 Winter Event

Check out the NZYSW 2021 page for more details about the 2021 season!