Registrations have closed for 2018

Player registrations for 2018 have now closed. If you registered, keep an eye on your emails for audition and first rehearsal times.

Also keep an eye on our website and facebook page for other important information, such as the Audrey Reid composition awards which are now open. Entries can be submitted anytime before 27 April (see our scholarships page for more info)

Registrations for 2018 open now!

Player registrations for 2018 are open now until February 7 2018. Visit our ‘Join’ link and fill in the 2018 Registration Form ( You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered. New players  and some returning players will be required to audition. Emails will be sent out in Feb 2018 to confirm audition times.

A successful 2017

The Dunedin Youth Orchestra would like to thank everyone who helped make 2017 a successful year. In addition to our regular two semester concerts we put on another two FREE concerts, allowing children and young adults to experience orchestral music in a relaxed and open environment. We’ll see you next year for another great year of music!

DYO presents: Immortal Beloved

Immortal Beloved 

The Dunedin Youth Orchestra 2017 semester 2 concert, conducted by Peter Adams, will be held at Knox Church on 23 September. The programme for this concert includes:

  • Berlioz – Hungarian March from The damnation of Faust
  • Nathaniel Otley – Canvas
  • Bruch – Violin concerto No. 1 in G minor (soloist Nathaniel Otley)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 8 in F major

Underground Romantic

In addition to our regular concert, this semester we are putting on a FREE concert!

This concert will be held on 15 September at 9pm at the underground markets on George Street (opposite Farmers, beside Bivouac Outdoors). This will be a chance for you to experience orchestral music like never before so don’t miss out!

This project has been supported through Letting Space’s Urban Dream Brokerage service with funding from the Dunedin City Council.

For more information:

2017 Young Musicians Award

Applications are now open for the 2017 Young Musicians Award.

The purpose of the Award is to recognise outstanding achievement and commitment of Dunedin Youth Orchestra members. The two selected members of the orchestra will receive financial assistance to further their musical career. Recipients also have the opportunity to play a solo piece with the orchestra in the year following the award.

Applications close August 18 2017 and must be handed directly to our Treasurer at rehearsal, or posted to the secretary (502 Queens Drive, Dunedin Central). Winners will be announced at our semester 2 concert at Knox Church on 23 September.

For more information on how to apply see our Young Musicians Award page

Peter and the Wolf & Other Creatures

Come along and explore the wild creatures of the earth with us. Enjoy the elegance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Suite from Swan Lake’ before diving deep ‘In the Lair of the Cave Weta’ by New Zealand’s own Leonie Holmes. Marching our way through Anthony Ritchie’s ‘Procession’, we arrive at our striking Concerto for flute and orchestra with soloist, Natasha Manowitz. Finally, we finish up at the famous ‘symphonic fairy tale for children’, Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’. This is a programme sure to impress and delight all ages. 

  • Tchaikovsky – Suite from Swan Lake
  • Holmes – In the Lair of the Cave Weta
  • Ritchie – Procession
  • Khachaturian – Concerto for flute and orchestra (soloist, Natasha Manowitz)
  • Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf (narrator, Rosalind Manowitz)

This year we are hosting two concerts; on the evening of May 31 come along to Knox Church to hear our full programme, or bring your kids along to our FREE children’s concert of Peter and the Wolf at Otago Boy’s High School on May 28.

Cash door sales only:
$15 Adults
$10 Students and Seniors
$5 High Schoolers
Accompanied primary/intermediate school aged children free

Applications open for the Audrey Reid Composition Award

Applications are now open for the Audrey Reid composition Award. This is an annual award for an orchestral composition with prize money donated by the former Audrey Reid Charitable Trust.

The aim of the Audrey Reid Composition Prize is to foster and encourage orchestral composition for Youth Orchestras by local composers of a similar age. Entrants should be currently resident in Otago or Southland. Winners receive financial compensation and their winning entry performed by the Dunedin Youth Orchestra.

Entries for the 2017 Audrey Reid Composition Prize close 9.30am Monday May 1. Postal address for entries is to be advised.

Registrations for 2017 have now closed.

Registrations for the 2017 orchestra have now closed. However, there may still be vacancies for some instruments (especially brass). Please enquire by sending an email to, including details about your instrument, playing level and orchestral experience.

Those who have registered for 2017 will receive an email with their audition details by 13 February. Audition music is available now for downloading from


Register Now for 2017!

Dunedin Youth Orchestra is getting back into the swing of things, and getting prepared for the 2017 year!
What are we missing? Our orchestra of course!

All players aged 25 and under (both new and existing members) who are interested in a place in the orchestra must register by completing the form at We audition a new orchestra every year, including all returning members, and all prospective new members. We aim to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible as we know auditions can cause some stress, but remember that lots of practice and a confident attitude will do you wonders!

Thanks to all of you who have registered already, you’ll hear from us soon about audition music!

Semester 2 Concert: “Stone Mage, Sax & Symphony”

DYO proudly presents their second concert for 2016!
Conductor: David Burchell
Soloist: Elliot Tay (Alto Saxophone)
Young Composer: Sam van Betuw
Be welcomed by the DYO with Von Suppe’s powerful and lyrical ‘Poet & Peasant Overture’. Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Little Suite’ will take you through 3 movements, each with its own different mood and character. Hear the sounds of the sea in ‘The Stone Mage & The Sea’, written by our 2016 young composer Sam van Betuw. Ever seen a saxophone perform in an orchestra? Now’s your chance to see our soloist Elliot Tay perform Jacques Ibert’s ‘Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone’, a piece of impressive skill, and one you are unlikely to experience again!
And then after the break, Dvorak’s famous 8th Symphony, described as his “stormy and romantic work”, will be sure to impress.
Poet & Peasant Overture – VON SUPPE
Little Suite No. 2 – ARNOLD
The Stone Mage & The Sea – SAM VAN BETUW
Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone – IBERT
Symphony 8 in Gmajor – DVORAK
Cash door sales only:
$15 Adults
$10 Students and Seniors
$5 High Schoolers
Accomapanied primary/intermediate school aged children free