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GROUPS

EXPLORER STRINGS

For anyone interested in learning to play a string instrument

Conductor
Sam Winterton

Practice
Fridays 4.00-4.30pm

EXPLORER BRASS

For anyone interested in learning to play a brass instrument

Conductor
Matt Watson

Practice
Fridays 4:10-5.10pm

EXPLORER REEDS

Conductor
Ted Ryan

 

Practice
Fridays 3.45-4.30pm

RECORDER GROUPS

If you're interested to join WYM, but have no musical experience,

a recorder group is a great place to start!
Divided into small groups lead by experienced music tutors, young musicians will learn how to read music, make musical sound (not noise!) and get a taste of how to create and share music in a group. Depending on how quickly you grasp the instrument, you can step up to intermediate and advanced recorder groups. 

Don't under estimate the recorder! Yes, it is deemed a very simple instrument, and many musicians may only pass through it as their first stepping stone to the world of music; however it is a very beautiful instrument in its own right, coming in several different sizes, and can make very sophisticated ensemble music.


Conductors
Yuki Fukuoka - Performance

Gwynneth Squires - Beginners

Janet Herron - Entry level

Practice
Fridays 4.00-5.15pm

JUNIOR STRINGS

Beginning to play an instrument in a group can be a big learning curve for a young musician and we believe it needs to be an enjoyable one.
Junior Strings is a very supportive and nurturing space where musicianship skills can be developed with others.


​Conductor
Felicity Christian

Felicity has been conducting the Junior Strings group since 2007. She is a violin player and member of Whangarei Sinfonia.
With a life long passion in making and appreciating music Felicity aims to brings these qualities to this music group.

Skill
The young musician will be ready for this group if they have a music reading level of Grade 1 – 2. We select a wide variety of music to cover the different skill levels of the individuals. Some pieces are easier than others but the aim is to grow the players so we have some ‘challenging’ pieces at times. Good listening and concentration skills are developed.

​Practice
Fridays 4.30 – 5.30pm

CADET BAND

The Cadet band is for beginner musicians who can read some music (you don't have to know all of the notes as you can learn that along the way). It is open to young people, rusty musicians and adult beginners. Primarily a wind and percussion band, we can easily accommodate bass guitars to help fill in that bass line. Trombones, tubas, french horns, bassoons and oboes always needed. Flutes, sax (alto, tenor and Bari), trumpet, clarinet, and percussionists readily accepted. No auditions needed

Conductor
Dale Nelson

Practice
Fridays 5:15-6:30

CONCERT BAND

Conductor
Naotake Fukuoka

 

Naotake has a passion for music, and for providing youth with the opportunity to enjoy it. He is also the Music Director for the Northland Sinfonia and a timpanist


Practices
Fridays 5:15 pm to 6:45 pm

YOUTH CHOIR

Conductor
Shane Burns

Practice
Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:45pm

BRIOSO CORDE

We’re a bunch of music lovers, and we thrive in doing our best for the audience. We love exploring and creating music together as a team, and there's nothing more exciting than seeing the audience enjoy music with us. We are one of the most active groups in the WYM family, devoted to sharing our music whenever and wherever possible! 

Conductor
Atsuko Fukuoka

 Atsuko has been conducting for Brioso Corde since 2007. She is highly enthusiastic in motivating students to play their best and to enjoy music. She also frequently directs and coaches soloists and chamber groups.  She is a pianist and has performed in concerts as a soloist with Northland Sinfonia. She also teaches piano and accompanies various musicians at numerous events.
Atsuko believes that her role as a conductor is to awaken the potential in musicians. 

Required skill
​Middle to advanced - but most importantly, enthusiasm to enjoy music and work as a team!  Currently there is no official auditioning process. However anyone who is interested will be briefly interviewed and have a trial period before being accepted as a member. We are especially welcoming violin,viola, double bass and cello!

Performances
Brioso Corde is one of the most active groups in WYM. We play in the annual WYM concerts (twice a year) and have numerous events of our own. We often participate in local music events, busking, background music at social events, music festivals (Rotorua Rhapsody, Auckland- KBB Music festival, Secondary School Chamber Music Contest, etc).
We had our first Brioso Corde Concert in Kerikeri at the end of 2013, which was a success. We plan to hold our own concerts annually, and hope to share more music with the Northland communities.
We mainly play classical music (Vivaldi, Mozart, etc) but also modern music (e.g, popular movie theme songs).

​Practice

Fridays 5.45 – 7.00pm plus extra rehearsals .  

Players are expected to arrive 10 mins before rehearsal time

 

YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Youth Orchestra is made up of players from all over Northland.  With the conductor’s guidance, they explore and express messages the composers have hidden in their music, and share it with their audience. By being a part of a large musical group, musicians will be able to express music in the way that they can't do by themselves.  Seeing the audience enjoy their music, they get the most satisfaction and want to share more!

Conductor

Roger McClean

 

Practices

Fridays 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm