Josh Kirk: Conductor – Waikato Youth Orchestra
We welcomed Josh as our conductor in 2021.
Joshua has recently completed his honours degree in conducting with Dr Luke Dollman at the University of Adelaide. He has participated in conducting masterclasses involving a number of professional Australian and New Zealand ensembles, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra where in 2020 he was also selected for conducting as a member of the NZSO’s Fellowship Programme.
In Australia he conducted the Elder Conservatorium of Music Wind Ensemble for their schools’ tour and here in New Zealand he has directed a number of ensembles, including the Auckland University Student Chamber Orchestra, the University of Auckland Medical and Health Sciences Student Symphony Orchestra and the Eastern Stars Concert Band. Upcoming engagements include working with the Devonport Chamber Orchestra, St Matthews Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
As well as conducting, Joshua is an extremely capable violist and has played with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra from 2017-19.
Joshua is incredibly excited to be working with Youth Orchestra Waikato. He has excellent memories of his time playing in youth ensembles and is looking forward to creating a supportive musical environment for other young musicians to enjoy.
YOW has a team of wonderful tutors who are involved in rehearsals and take our sectional workshops. Tutors play with at least one other orchestra in OCT, and are current teachers of their specialist instrument.
Strings – Catherine Polglase and Chris Nation
Brass – Bill Stoneham and Delwyn Ringle
Woodwind – Keith Rodgers
Percussion – Abby Pinkerton
Concert leader – Sarah Cathcart