Semester 1 Concert: “Tradition Reinvented”

13116173_1126383267403365_2226634287209299488_oDYO proudly presents their first concert for 2016!
Conductor: Peter Adams
Soloist: Jacinda Kumar (Violin)

Join us in exploring Brahms‘ ‘Academic Festival Overture’, combining the dignification of university academia with student drinking songs. Float through the stars in New Zealand composer Salina Fisher‘s stunning piece ‘Galaxy’. Hear the young talent of Jacinda Kumar as she performs the 1st movement of Dag Wiren‘s Violin Concerto, and then follows with ‘Riverdance’ by Bill Whelan, a piece with Irish flair and grace. And after the break, experience the sounds of Russia in Tchaikovsky‘s famous ‘Little Russian’ Symphony, full of vigour, lyrical romanticism, and colourful orchestral colours.



Academic Festival Overture – BRAHMS
Galaxy – FISHER
Violin Concerto No.1 (1st Mvmt) – WIREN
Riverdance – WHELAN
Symphony No. 2 ‘Little Russian’ – TCHAIKOVSKY

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

2016 Audition Music is now available!

It’s that time of year! Time to clean that dust off your violin, retune your viola (or attempt to because violas don’t know how to tune), clean out that spit valve, and polish those keys! It’s audition time!

Audition music is now available here: DYO 2016 Audition Music

An email will be sent out in the next 2days with your audition information and time. We wish you the best of luck for your audition, and remember: practice practice practice!

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 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!


DYO Presents: “These Lands are Ours”

DYO proudly presents their final concert for 2015!
Conductor: David Burchell
Soloist: Matthew Scadden
Premiering Composer: Merlin Callister
Collaborating Choir: City Choir Dunedin

Join us in exploring Douglas Lilburn’s depiction of the New Zealand landscape in his ‘Drysdale Overture’. Marvel at the young talent of soloist Matthew Scadden as he plays Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto in E’ with inspiring skill. Enjoy the rustic sounds of Scotland in Mackenzie’s ‘Scottish Rhapsody’. Follow premiering composer Merlin Callister through his picturesque and story-driven piece ‘A Run in Ross Creek’. And finally, after the interval, experience a commanding performance of Elgar’s ‘Banner of St. George’ alongside City Choir Dunedin.

Drysdale Overture – LILBURN
Violin Concerto in E – MENDELSSOHN
1st Scottish Rhapsody – MACKENZIE
A Run in Ross Creek – CALLISTER
Banner of St. George – ELGAR

An exciting night for all, we look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets can be purchased on the night:
$20 Adults
$15 Concession
$10 Student
Accomapnied school aged children free

DYO ‘Programme delivers best’

A fantastic concert put on by our wonderful and talented young musicians!
A review by Marian Poole can be found below, offering a great description of the concert.

Anthony Ritchie did a great job of directing the group for our first concert, but what lies in store for our second semester concert, playing under the baton of David Burchell, our next conductor? Our second Young Musicians Award winner soloist for 2015, Matthew Scadden (Violin) will be performing Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto in Eminor’, and we will hear the premiere of 2015 Audrey Reid Composition Award winner Merlin Callister’s piece ‘A Run in Ross Creek‘.

We will keep you posted as we know more, and be sure to check out our concerts page for more information!


DYO 2015 – New Members Are Welcome!

The Dunedin Youth Orchestra has finished its programmes for 2014 and will return in 2015, featuring concerts conducted by Anthony Ritchie and David Burchell in May and September. Both concerts will feature a winner of the 2014 Young Musician’s Awards, Olive Butler and Matthew Scadden, and in addition, the winner of the 2015 Audrey Reid Composition Prize will also have their piece premiered in the September concert. (Entries for this competition are open until April, so get working on your compositions over the summer!)

We are now accepting registrations for interested (and returning) musicians – simply visit and fill in the online form. As per our auditions policy, entrance is by audition, which will be held in February 2015. Auditions will include a number of given extracts and sight-reading; you will not be asked to perform your own music. Applicants are suggested to be of approximately Grade 6 level and will receive further information about auditions after registering.

Thank you all for your support of the youth orchestra this year. We look forward to receiving many more registrations for next year’s orchestra and wish you all a safe and happy holiday!


Countdown to Forces of Destiny

It’s been a busy semester so far for the Dunedin Youth Orchestra. We’ve had secondary schools’ chamber music contests, Play with the Sinfonia events, and snow days filling up our calendars — and that’s before we even get to DYO rehearsals! However, we are now fully in gear for our next concert Forces of Destiny, which will be held 7:30pm, Thursday 25 September, at Knox Church.

As we blogged previously, this concert includes the very challenging Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Youth Orchestra previously played Beethoven at some time last century! And one of the members of the orchestra at that time told me that he thinks that this year’s iteration of the DYO will trump the original performance.

We are also grappling with Sam van Betuw’s new compostion, The Soprano Sorceress, which DYO will premiere this concert. Sam, who studies composition at the University of Otago, was the most recent winner of the Audrey Reid Composition Prize. His piece includes some exciting percussion parts — which are fun for the percussionists but nearly deafening for everyone in front of them!

DYO Poster 2014 September redThe other major works we will perform are the Force of Destiny Overture (Verdi), which is perhaps best known as the theme to the Stella Artois television advertisements, and Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto ably performed by DYO soloist and 2013 Young Musicians Award recipient Natasha Kumar. We enjoyed Natasha coming in front of the orchestra last rehearsal so we could put our accompaniment with her solo.

Two further DYO Young Musicians Awards will be presented in this semester’s concert, and we look forward to hearing those musicians perform next year.

But of course before we get to the concert we still have three weeks of rehearsals. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra arrives in Dunedin today for their concert HADYN: The Creation tomorrow evening and we’ve managed to arrange some sectional rehearsals with David Bremner (brass), David Angus (wind), Donald Armstrong, and Joan Perarnau Garriga (both strings). We’ll share some photographs of this event with you later in the week.