Information for players

If you’re not sure about enrolling for this year but would like to be kept informed, fill out the expression of interest form below

Expressions of interest

We are always keen to hear about medical musicians.  Even if you are only vaguely interested in taking part, we want to hear from you.  As long as you are a doctor or medical student and as long as you have some experience playing in an orchestra, we consider you eligible at this stage to join.


If you are interested, fill in the form below, click here to provide your details, or email us at

NZDO selection process

Players are selected by the conductor, on the basis of the information provided on the enrolment form.  We aim to foster both high quality and inclusiveness within the orchestra. Click here for our selection policy

We are keen to feature players from within our ranks to solo in a concerto in future years.  If you’d like to be considered as a soloist, or know someone who would be suitable, let us know.  We’d like potential soloists to prepare a recording of a movement of their preferred concerto (with piano accompaniment) and we’ll ask the conductor to choose a soloist (and item) that would suit.  The deadline for submitting a recording is 31 October of each year, but if you’re considering submitting a recording, please let us know before then.

Key dates   

February 2020

Mid March 2020         

Early April 2020       

Mid April 2020        

Early May 2020

3-5 July

5 July 2pm

Enrolments open

Enrolments close

Offers made to players

Place in orchestra confirmed and music distributed

Tickets sales open

NZDO weekend

NZDO concert

The next NZDO will be in Nelson on 3-5 July 2020

The works will be:

  1.   Lilburn: Drysdale overture

  2.   Dvořák: Cello concerto (soloist Catherine Kwak)

  3.   Vaughan Williams: Symphony 5

The conductor will be Mark Hodgkinson

Click here for the the timetable from 2019 as an idea of the rehearsal schedule