Summer Workshop: Registrations now open

The YPT (Youth Philharmonic Tauranga) is happy to announce a summer workshop for young orchestral musicians from the Bay of Plenty. You do not need to be a player of the YPT to participate. Registration is open to any players in the age range 10-19. Unlike the YPT itself, there are no entry requirements (level/experience). However, if you have not played with YPT before, we will need your teacher to confirm that they support your participation and that you are able to read music etc to a sufficient standard. Participation will be free of charge.

The workshop will be held in the weekend of 14 & 15 December 2019 (daytime only), at the new Waikato University campus downtown Tauranga. There will be a short informal concert on the Sunday afternoon for friends and family.

To register, please e-mail the following information using the contact form on this web-site:

  • Participant's full name
  • Contact e-mail
  • Mobile phone
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Name of teacher
  • Teacher contact details (phone and/or e-mail)
  • Instrument
  • Any medical or other issues that you feel we need to be aware of

If you have not played with YPT before, please speak to your teacher before you register to ensure (s)he supports your playing in this workshop. Note that past or present YPT members only need to let us know by e-mail if they wish to participate, no further information or teacher's endorsement is needed. Registration closes on 1st of November. YPT may cancel the event if there are insufficient registrations.


On 25th of May, the YPT played a great concert in front of a sell-out (well, the concert was free....) crowd at the Graham Young Youth Theatre.

We've now started rehearsing for our next concert, on Saturday 28th of September, also at the Graham Young Youth Theatre at Tauranga Boys' College, at 4 pm. It will be another free entry concert!

The program for this second concert (subject to change!):

  • Brahms: Symphony 4, 3rd mvmt
  • Beethoven: Symphony 6, 5th mvmt
  • Rimsky Korsakov: Antar Symphony 2, 3rd mvmt
  • Handel: Water Music suite no 2
  • Sibelius: Valse Triste
  • Mozart: German Dances
  • Dvorak: New World Symphony 1st mvmt
  • Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
  • Stravinsky: Firebird Finale
  • Adams: John Philip Sousa

About the YPT

After being without a youth orchestra for two decades, Tauranga saw the birth of the Youth Philharmonic Tauranga during a symphonic workshop in October 2016. In 2017 and 2018, the YPT presented two complete and well attended concerts at the Graham Young Youth Theatre, except for one concert in 2018, which was presented at the Performing Arts Centre of Otumoetai College, in collaboration with the Bay of Plenty Symphonia.

The Music Director and main conductor is Justus Rozemond, who also conducts the Bay of Plenty Symphonia

Information for new players

The YPT holds weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evening (7-9pm at the City Silver Band Room on 10 Yatton Street). Note that rehearsal attendance is compulsory (but there are no rehearsals during school holidays). If you are interested in playing with us, do make sure to contact us, ideally using the registration form you can find on this web-site (top right).

There is a  subscription payable ($20 per player per programme in 2018).

For any information about the Youth Philharmonic Tauranga,contact us via the contact form (see upper right).

The presence of a youth orchestra in town is vital for the artistic health of Tauranga, so please support us in any way you can!

We REALLY, REALLY appreciate the support of our various sponsors:





Justus Rozemond

YPT Music Director

6 August 2019