About the Dunedin Youth Orchestra

The Dunedin Youth Orchestra (DYO) is Dunedin’s premier amateur orchestra for young classical musicians. It has been part of the Dunedin cultural scene since 1972.

It provides an excellent training ground for instrumentalists to develop their orchestral skills. Many past members are now playing in professional orchestras around New Zealand, including Dunedin’s own Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Members of DYO are typically students at secondary schools in or around Dunedin, or students at the University of Otago. Not all members are currently studying music as part of their degree, but take part in DYO to supplement their education.

Rehearsals are focused and enjoyable, and allow players the opportunity to socialise with other talented musicians and perform in public concerts twice a year, usually in May and September.

Annual scholarship opportunities are available for both performers and composers.

Membership of DYO is by audition. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.