Youth Orchestra Waikato

Youth Orchestra Waikato is one of New Zealand’s leading youth orchestras, giving young people a sense of belonging and achievement and building pathways to future musical success.  

About Youth Orchestra Waikato

  • Youth Orchestra Waikato has an expert team of tutors who are involved in rehearsals and sectional workshops
  • The orchestra meets on Friday nights during the term at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato 
  • Each year there is a camp, a schools tour and three concerts
  • Youth orchestra musicians can take part in in other Orchestras Central activity as appropriate, and attend other Orchestras Central events

For more information

Youth Orchestra Waikato Annual Membership 2022:

$225 +GST New Members  (includes YOW T-shirt)

$200 +GST Existing Members

$110 +GST Camp Fee (held in term one of each year)

To comply with health and safety legislation, we are required to obtain Police and CYF vetting reports for all adults who supervise and/or interact with children under the age of 18 in the course of Orchestras Central activities.

For YOW this means conductors, tutors, helpers at rehearsals and concerts, and any adults who come along to practices to support the activity of the orchestra. We would encourage parents/guardians to start this process when enrolling their child.

Please return forms at rehearsals or email to


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