Preparations are in full swing for the 2019 YPT concerts. These will be Saturday 25th of May and Saturday 28th of September, both at the Graham Young Youth Theatre at Tauranga Boys' College.

The first rehearsal of the year will be Wednesday 6th of March, at our regular time from 7-9pm. Note that we have a new rehearsal venue, we will be rehearsing at the City Silver Band Room, on 10 Yatton Street in Greerton.

The program for the first concert (subject to change!):

  • Tchaikovsky: Overture Romeo and Juliet (arr Meyer);
  • Frescobaldi: Toccata (arr Kindler)
  • Mozart: Symphony 40 - Minuet (arr Rozemond)
  • Beethoven: Symphony 5: 3rd movement (arr Meyer)
  • Debussy: Reverie (arr Isaac)
  • Offebach: Overture Orfeus in the Underworld (arr Bennett Brown)
  • Gershwin: Summertime (arr Bourdon)
  • Holst: The Planets - Jupiter (arr Leidig)
  • Khachaturian: Waltz from Masquerade (arr Tatsumi)
  • Liszt: Cossack March (arr Stroud)
  • Vangelis: Chariots of Fire (arr ?)

In April, we will be holding an orchestra camp with three other youth orchestras. The details of the camp are still being worked on, but it will involve joint practice sessions, lots of fun, and a close-off concert at the Velodrome in Cambridge. The camp will be on 13th and 14th April at St Peter's school in Cambridge. This is the first weekend of the school holidays, so please make sure you put it in your diary. Attendance of the camp is not compulsory, but we strongly encourage you to join in, so that we can present a quality concert at the end. Note that the camp is mainly funded externally, but there will be a charge of around $50 per player .

New players can register now for YPT. Note that early registration will close on 7th of February, so there's not much time to get organised once the school year starts. You'll find further details, including a registration form, by clicking "REGISTRATION" above. If you have played with us before, you don't need to re-submit a form, but we would like to get an e-mail from you to tell us you'd like to play again.

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

16 January 2019