Evan Selected for National Youth Orchestra!

May 08, 2019 at 10:34 AM

We are delighted to hear that Evan Metcalfe has been selected for National Youth Orchestra (NYO) for 2019; an amazing achievement for a Year 11 musician! 

Evan has been playing French Horn for seven years, has achieved Trinity Grade 8 and has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra for four years.  Last year he successfully auditioned for a place in the New Zealand Secondary School Symphony Orchestra (NZSSSO) and achieved a place on the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) National Mentoring Programme, paving the path for his recent recognition. 

The National Youth Orchestra has played a vital role in providing opportunities for the country’s most gifted young orchestral performers since its inception in 1959. Half of the current players in NZSO are former members of the NYO. Evan will be joining the week-long course in June followed by concert performances in Wellington and Auckland in July, premiering works by up and coming NZ composers, as well as significant works from Sibelius and Elgar. 

Evan is also auditioning to be in the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Internship and is receiving professional orchestral opportunities in Auckland.  For the remainder of 2019, he is working towards completing a musical Diploma, competing in the Chamber Music Competition with a trio, as well as being involved in many school music groups as the principal French Horn player (including Fiddler on the Roof, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra). 

This is a significant achievement by a very talented and hard-working student who has continued to contribute so much of his effort back to the school in ensembles and performances. We look forward to hearing him play as part of the NYO concert on Saturday 6 July 7.30pm at Auckland Town Hall. 

You can hear Evan tomorrow night at the Senior College Solo Music Finals in Elliot Hall 7pm.

Entry is free.

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