Play with us

If you play an orchestral instrument, then we’d like to hear from you!

Each orchestra has a different process for new players, so please complete the information below, indicating which orchestra you are interested in and your instrument/level of playing, and we will respond as soon as possible.

  • OPUS ORCHESTRA  and OPUS ENSEMBLE comprise professional players, and auditions may be required.
  • TWSO caters for adult players at Grade 6 and up.
  • YOW accepts players age 12-18, (students outside of this age range are encouraged to talk to us about how they can be involved). Musicians are at Grade 5 and above.  From 2019 all musicians will be asked to take part in a short audition in order to determine their placing in the orchestra. Some positions are currently full – talk to us about how you can be involved. Students under 12, or of Grade 4 and below are able to join the Sinfonia, currently operating at the Hamilton Community Centre of Music on Saturday mornings.
  • Rusty Players is open to adult players of all abilities.

If you are a student at the University of Waikato there is also opportunity to take part in the Employability Plus Programme (EPP) – an initiative that gives students the opportunity to gain work-ready skills through volunteer activity. Students are recognised for this time and stand out when they are job hunting by gaining the practical skills and experience sought by prospective employers. Volunteering is one of three modules that the programme will offer.   Students can apply for those positions directly online.


TO PLAY WITH US, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW OR CONTACT admin@orchestras.org.nz

Join Us

  • How many years have you been playing your instrument? Have you achieved any grades or certificates? Note: Entry into some of the orchestras requires an audition.
  • This helps us ensure you are part of the right orchestra. This information is required for Youth Orchestra membership but is optional for our other groups.
  • If you would like to take part but do not have an instrument please let us know - we might be able to help! To support your wellbeing when you're with us, please advise us of any health, dietary or other issues that you think we need to know about.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Police vetting form

This is required for parents of YOW members. Please complete pages 2 and 3 and bring with you to rehearsal along with ID.

This is to comply with our legal requirements under the Vulnerable Children’s Act.

→ Click to view and download the Police Vetting Form

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