- To provide a medium for the cultural and educational development of young musicians.
- Teaching the value of music. Members of the orchestra spend four days on camp during January each year at Vuleka Centre, in Botha’s Hill, in intensive rehearsal of new music (ten – fifteen pieces of varying periods and styles for the concert season).
Each year this camp sees a number of new members in the orchestra. During this period they learn how the orchestra functions, how the part they are playing relates to the other sections within the orchestra and they have fun! They begin to experience a special bonding to the orchestra as a whole, specific to this type of musical experience.
- The discipline of playing in an orchestra covers a wide range from the basics of a presentable appearance and appropriate behaviour on stage when performing, to the demands of being in tune with the ensemble as a whole, following the conductor and phrasing the music according to its particular requirements.
- Opportunities for musically talented youth. At the end of each school year a number of orchestra members leave KZNYO to study in other parts of the country. Auditions for new members are held during October each year to fill the gaps left by departing members.
These auditions are competitive as there are limited places available. New members are accepted on a basis of their ability as well as on their potential as shown in the audition. Music repertoire selected for each year aims particularly to increase and develop members’ experience of music as well as their technical ability.
- Promote Youth Orchestral Music. All KZNYO concerts include demonstrations of instruments and are aimed at attracting young people to play orchestral instruments.
- To provide a stable ongoing platform for young musicians to develop for the future.
Members over a period of more than 15 years have met with outstanding achievements and a number of musicians go further to play for the regional and national Philharmonic Orchestras.
A few members have gone overseas to play internationally while there was a whole orchestra tour to Germany in 2013, and to the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2015. We have done collaborations with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Drakensberg Boys Choir, as well as played at corporate events such as Starlight Pops in Umhanga.
Our aim is to bring more children from the community into the programme.