We are always pleased to hear from talented young musicians who are keen to develop orchestral playing skills.
The orchestra caters for young people in the 16-26 age range, although exceptions will be made in certain circumstances.
The 2018 season is currently being planned - a typical year runs from late January to mid-October.  Three concert programmes are usually performed in Auckland each year and each of these programmes is also be presented to regional and provincial centres on a weekend tour.

AYO has a piccolo, a cor anglais and A clarinets available for wind players as required.


Commitment to AYO involves:

  • being well prepared with your part before rehearsals
  • rehearsals on Wednesday evening and occasional weekend workshops
  • availability for three weekend tours
  • paying an annual Players' Subscription of $150, plus contribution to costs of the 3 weekend tours (approx $35/tour + food)
An audition will comprise a short piece of your own choice plus several orchestral excerpts which we will provide in advance.  A recorded audition will be accepted where necessary. All players are required to re-audition each year in December.  Auditions for 2018 are likely to be held on Saturday 9 December 2017 but this is still to be confirmed.  If you would like to enquire about membership for 2018, click the red button below.

Benefits of Membership:

As well as being excellent experience to include on your cv, the opportunities below are available only to players in AYO :