Auditions Nationwide for our Protea Green-and-Gold Orchestra in 2018! 

The National Youth Orchestra 2018 applications close on 23 February.

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Every applicant will do a recorded audition in February/March 2018. This will count towards all courses you apply for and additional “What It Takes” programmes that are designed for smaller groups and that are instrument-specific (these happen at various points throughout the year).
All programmes are resident programmes – this means that if you come to a National Youth Orchestra course you stay with your fellow orchestra members at our course venue. We have hostel parents at our courses to make sure you’re well looked after.

Participation in a National Youth Orchestra Course is a highly subsidised R2 400.00 that covers accommodation, food, tuition, and all other course-related costs. It does not include transport to and from the course. Financial assistance is available for each course, please do not let that be a barrier to participation.

Our project partnering with Umculo will be Bach’s St John Passion from 20-27 May in Johannesburg. The performances will bring together six community choirs with professional choristers and soloists in an unconventional performance space (in the round with choirs mixed in with audience). We are putting together a small professional Baroque orchestra with students from the National Youth Orchestra to play at A=415 for these performances.

Our July Winter Course from 7-15 July in Bloemfontein for the National Youth Orchestra includes our special Immersion Experience with the Minnesota Orchestra 14-19 August in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Side by side rehearsals, attending performances by the first major American orchestra to tour to South Africa, playing chamber music together – life-changing opportunity exclusively for the National Youth Orchestra 2018.

Our December Summer Course 7-16 December for the National Youth Wind Orchestra takes place in Cape Town this year. #HeartOrchestra

Audition dates:
Bloemfontein: 19 March 2018
Cape Town: 8 and 9 March 2018
Johannesburg: 3 and 16 March 2018
Port Elizabeth: 12 and 13 March 2018
Potchefstroom: 20 March 2018
Pretoria: 5 and 17 March 2018
Stellenbosch: 8 March 2018