Audition Information and Application 2017

As of May 2017, NZYSW is seeking interested musicians for positions on Clarinet, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone and Percussion.

For the purposes of this mid year audition, candidates are asked only to play a lyrical work and a technical work.  The excerpts are not required.  The cost for half year involvement is $300.

The remainder of the information below is applicable:


NZYSW, in its fourth year, is the leading concert band for young people aged under 25.  It is an initiative of New Zealand Concert Bands Association.
The Musical Director for 2017 is Simon Brew, a highly accomplished, energetic and enthusiastic conductor.

Dates and Cost:
January 24 to 27 in Wellington, Air Force Band Room.  Arrive for a 10am rehearsal.  Depart after 5pm on 27th.
August 1 to 2 in Auckland, Dalewool Band Room in Onehunga. Arrive for a 10am rehearsal
Travel to Whangerei by bus on August 3. NZCBA Festival 2017 Whangarei ends Saturday August 5 in late evening.

On August 4 and 5 musicians who are part of bands attending the Festival will stay with their bands.  Members who are not will be required to pay for their accommodation/meals for these last two nights and make their way home from Whangarei (it is possible accommodation/transport can be found with other bands.) NZCBA will book accommodation for these musicians and will ask for confirmation early in 2017.

NZCBA is committed to ensuring the cost of NZYSW is as low as possible. In 2017, the membership fee will be $500. ($300 for members who join for August) This will include accommodation/food in Wellington (January), accommodation/most meals in Auckland (August 1 and 2) and in Whangarei for August 3,  costs associated with Musical Director/chaperones/managers, venue hire, concerts, percussion hire, bus to Whangarei, music.

Full payment is required by mid January 2017 (or upon acceptance for August applicants). Reimbursements will not be made for musicians who find themselves unable to attend for any reason other than bereavement or medical emergencies.

Dates Summary:

October 10, 2016             Musical Director 2017 announced

October 28, 2016            Applications open

November 25, 2016       Closing date for applications

December 5, 2016          Audition results released

December 14, 2016        Final date for accepting place/payment of $100 fee

January 20, 2017           Payment of membership fee due in full

January 24-27, 2017      Summer Camp Wellington

May                                     Auditions for clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, percussion

June  1 , 2017                    Closing date for August auditions

August 1 – 5, 2017            Winter Camp (Auckland)/NZCBA Festival Whangarei

Your video should contain, in this order:
1) a brief introduction of you and the piece you are playing
2) your own choice piece (either accompanied or unaccompanied, 4 minutes maximum)
3) the excerpts

This is to be videoed and uploaded to the form below or you can upload it to your own Google Drive, Dropbox or One Drive and paste the link into the form.

IMPORTANT: Do not complete the Google form until you have recorded your video.


There are a few restrictions for any audition video:

  • Introduce yourself briefly and the music on the video.
  • Your audition should be created as one file (including your own choice work and the excerpts in this order).  You should not stop the recording in any way during the audition.
  • No editing to fix bad notes
  • Do not electronically alter the recording in any way.
  • You should be wearing smart casual clothing for your audition.


NZYSW Application Form 2017

Click here for Excerpts