National Youth Orchestra Programmes 2018

With a rich mix of South African participants, and a faculty made up of renowned local and international music professionals, the National Youth Orchestra Foundation offers diversity that is worthy of celebration. The orchestra course experience is for young people interested in music, from grade 7 level to those just starting their professional careers.

After you apply we the organisation will confirm receipt via email and/or SMS within the week. Do not hesitate to contact the National Youth Orchestra Foundation should you need further information. (Where applicants are unable to apply online they should contact the National Youth Orchestra Foundation to do them telephonically on 0832722117.)


In order to do this application online you will need a working email address and your South African identity number, or, if you are an international applicant, your passport number. This year we have limited seats for candidates from Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

You need to
1. Play an orchestral instrument
2. Be at at least Grade 7 level (Unisa, ABRSM, Trinity)
3. Be 25 years or younger in 2018.


Travel: You are expected to get yourself to course. Auditions start on the first day of each course and the course ends with our final concert in the evening on the last day of each course (most out-of-towners therefore leave on the morning of the day after the last day of course.)


This application is for ALL of the National Youth Orchestra courses; the June/July Winter Course, the What It Takes intense courses and the December Summer Course.

In order to qualify for a National Youth Orchestra Course, participants need to:
– Meet the eligibility criteria as specified for each programme;
– Make themselves available for the full period listed for each course; and
– Be Southern African citizen or permanent South African resident
– We will confirm dates and availability after your successful audition.

In February and March live recorded auditions will be held in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown, Johannesburg, Potchefstroom, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Stellenbosch. You will be advised on dates as soon as possible.

– Application Fee
– A non-refundable fee of R50 is charged to each applicant to cover administration and processing costs. – Only one application fee is required, regardless of how many programs you wish to apply for or how many instruments you apply on.

Please note: NO late applications or auditions will be accepted.

Candidates should prepare a solo piece and a study of their choice to demonstrate their standard and fluency on their instrument. Your programme (that means both study AND piece together) should not exceed 4 minutes in length and you may make any required cuts to fit within the time limit.

NB: Accompanists are not allowed.

Candidates who are not available for these auditions may submit their own recordings on condition that they follow the recorded audition procedure. Please note: own auditions are not encouraged, and National Youth Orchestra does not pay for the recording. You need to get permission from the National Youth Orchestra Artistic Committee to send in an “own audition”. Email:

Lubabalo Tybosch

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