Young Musicians Programme

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington is our country’s pre-eminent provider of university-level music education, research, composition and performance, offering an outstanding range of possibilities for the study of music. The Young Musicians Programme (YMP) is part of the School’s commitment to share its internationally acclaimed staff, its music education values, and its high quality facilities and resources with pre-tertiary students.

Following a review in late 2014, we are pleased to announce some exciting new developments in the delivery and content of the NZSM Young Musicians Programme. Find out more about the new look Young Musicians Programme. [PDF:186KB]

About the programme

YMP offers young people aged eight and over the chance to learn with excellent players and teachers, including NZSM staff members, world-class jazz players, members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and professionally active chamber musicians. The programme focuses on ensemble playing, master classes and other enrichment activities. Above all, YMP is designed for young people from all social and musical backgrounds who are passionate about music and who want to expand their musical learning in an engaging and fun environment.

For classical instrumentalists and vocalists, YMP runs classes in bowed strings, woodwind, piano, guitar and voice, and offers chamber music coaching, led by members of the New Zealand String Quartet, to a wide range of instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Through expert tuition from NZSM jazz staff jazz musicians have the chance to develop their combo playing and gain experience in a wide range of techniques, styles and repertoire.

The work of young composers is supported through exciting project led by NZSM composition staff and postgraduate students.

Our PULSE class focuses on building musicianship through the performing arts in a joint venture between NZSM and the Royal New Zealand Ballet with support from Trinity College London.

Many graduates of YMP study music at tertiary level, whether at Victoria University’s NZSM or at other leading music schools abroad, and many have gone on to pursue successful musical careers. Whatever direction our students take, we believe the experiences we offer at YMP will provide them with lasting inspiration and invaluable opportunities for musical and personal development.

Class descriptions and schedule

Class descriptions and schedule has times, dates and descriptions of the different classes (jazz, classical voice, strings, piano, woodwind, guitar ensemble, composition and chamber music coaching).

Application and auditions

Apply online.

Auditions are held for us to be able to match your child/student to the YMP classes that are most appropriate for them and/or to ensure they are placed in the best possible ensemble combination.

Initial registration and audition sessions for 2015 are being held on Saturday 22 November 2014 (classical performers) and Monday 24 November 2014 (jazz performers). Please apply before these dates or as soon as possible afterwards.

Find out more information about YMP registration and audition process for 2015.

Contact us

For more information or enquiries about YMP contact the YMP Coordinator, Elyse Dalabakis:

Fees and scholarships

An annual membership fee of $400 gives YMP participants access to all our regular classes.

Guitar ensemble participants who do not wish to be full YMP members have the option to pay a separate $200 fee for that class alone.

We continue to offer PULSE free of charge, with the support of Trinity College London.

Scholarships courtesy of Wellington Masonic Youth Trust are available in cases of financial hardship. Further funds are provided thanks to the Adam Foundation, Baines Trust and Deane Endowment Trust in order to subsidise YMP fees in all subject areas. Half scholarships ($200) or full scholarships ($400) will be awarded according to the published criteria.

The scholarship application form is available online through this link

Payment of fees by internet banking is preferred.


Do you like singing, moving and acting? Rehearsing, making and performing? If so, you should join our free nine-week programme of creative activities for young people.

PULSE is for young people in Years 7 to 10 who want to explore creative ideas from all kinds of traditions through singing, musical games, movement and drama activities. It’s completely free and open to anyone who loves performing arts. It’s a brilliant opportunity to have fun, develop skills and make great new friends.

Teaching staff

We are pleased to be able to confirm our YMP teachers for 2015.

  • Classical voice: Linden Loader
  • Classical wind: Deborah Rawson*
  • Chamber music: New Zealand String Quartet*, Simeon Broom, Rachel Church
  • Guitar ensemble: Owen Moriarty
  • Classical string: Margaret Guldborg
  • Classical piano class: Ludwig Treviranus
  • Jazz: Rodger Fox* and David Lisik*, with Mark Donlon* and Lance Philip*
  • Composition: Michael Norris* with Ewan Clark

*NZSM permanent academic staff

Performance opportunities

YMP tutors encourage students to make the most of all performance opportunities. All streams perform in at least one of the three end-of-trimester concerts twice a year.

In recent years YMP students have had the opportunity to perform in:

  • lunchtime concerts at St Andrew's (Wellington City), St Mark's (Lower Hutt) and Expressions Whirinaki (Upper Hutt)
  • YMP - combo rehearsescompetitions such as the New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music contest, the NZSM Jazz Festival and the IRMT Piano Plus competition
  • additional concerts such as at Te Papa, Capital E, Pataka (Porirua) and Wellington Jazz Club
  • tours such as to the Manawatu or Tauranga jazz festivals and to Wellington schools

Important dates

Find out what the important dates are for the YMP.