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 http://dyo.org.nz/scholarships/prize/

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
CHILDREN’S CONCERT 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 dunedinyouthorchestra@gmail.com, 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 http://dyo.org.nz/auditions/2017-audition-music/

 

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 dyo.org.nz/register. 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”

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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

Register for the 2016 Orchestra Today!

Dunedin Youth Orchestra is getting back into the swing of things, and getting prepared for the 2016 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 dyo.org.nz/register. 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!

 

One week to go: DYO Presents ‘Night Ringing with Unseen Larks’

Only one week to go before the Dunedin Youth Orchestra delivers their first concert of 2015, ‘Night Ringing with Unseen Larks’.
The group is hard at work finishing up their pieces and polishing all they can.
With only two more rehearsals, we can be sure our musicians will be doing some extra practice, making sure we’ve got all our music under control!

We have a fantastic concert programme, playing some wonderful ‘Wartime-inspired music’.
Our feature piece will be a performance of Ralph Vaughan-William’s ‘The Lark Ascending‘ by our lovely soloist and Young Musicians Award winner Olive Butler.

Anthony Ritchie (our esteemed conductor) will also be conducting his father’s piece ‘Gallipoli Voices‘ in it’s first ever orchestral performance! The piece features a narrator and choir, and looks at a number of different entries from soldiers personal diaries.

The 2015 Audrey Reid Composition prize will be awarded after the interval as well; the orchestra always enjoys playing this young musicians’ piece each year. The award will be given by a former DYO member, now film composer, Trevor Coleman.

If you would like to win a double pass to the concert, tune in to 105.4FM, on Saturday 5pm, or Sunday 11am, to hear from two of our musicians Merlin Callister and Hanna Ott, as they talk about the orchestra, show some of the music we will be playing, and offer you the chance to win some tickets!

We hope to see you there, and be sure to check out the Concerts page, or our Facebook event, for more information!

 

DYO prepares for “Night Ringing with Unseen Larks” concert

The Dunedin Youth Orchestra has resumed rehearsing for our upcoming concert ‘Night Ringing with Unseen Larks’ after a couple of weeks off for Easter and school holidays. We are working hard towards our next concert, which will take place on Wednesday 27th May, at Knox Church. Information for the concert will make its way to the website within the next week so keep a look out!

Our preparations for this concert began back in February, when we started assembling our orchestra for the year. We are proud to boast the largest orchestra in recent years. Even sections that have been hard to fill–such as violas, cellos, bassoons, and horns–are bursting at the seams.

The orchestra are also excited for their upcoming sectional weekend on the 2nd and 3rd of May, a fantastic experience for our members to get section advice from fantastic and skilled musicians from the Southern Sinfonia. (Photos will follow!)

Entries for the Audrey Reid Composition Prize have now closed, with the winner to be announced at our May concert. The orchestra always enjoys premiering these young composers’ works and we wish all applicants the best of luck with their submissions.

We had some photos taken of us during our last rehearsal, we hope you enjoy them! We are looking forward to getting back into rehearsals again, and can’t wait to see you at our concert later in the month!

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Hello world!

Hello everybody and welcome to the new web presence of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra.

The old web page was looking a bit stuffy so we decided to upgrade. This new layout (running WordPress) is much easier to update meaning that we’ll be able to bring you updates more frequently. To that end, we’ve launched this blog which will be used to let you know a bit more about what goes on in the lead up to our annual concerts. We’re also happy to use it to promote like-minded musical groups here in Dunedin so if you know an upcoming event that needs a bit more ‘word of mouth’ get in touch with us on our contact page.

Since this is practically a new site, there may be some bugs. Please let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary and we will get right on that.

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