Check out some of the festivals and competitions students are encouraged to take part in.

Forte is responsible for running the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra course

and the Canterbury Schools' Regional Orchestra. Read on.....



18th May 2109 (Regionals)

17th-21st June (Nationals)

Smokefree RockQuest is NZ's only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Founded in 1989 S aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and raise heights they can reach in their music careers.

The Big Sing


6th-7th June (Regionals)

29th-31st Aug (Nationals)

TBS is a dynamic, national group-singing competition for secondary school students and is a major highlight of the school calendar. More than 10,000 young people from over 250 schools take part!

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

30th June - 6th July

Since 1959, the NYO has played a vital role in providing unique opportunities for the NZ’s most gifted young orchestral performers, many of whom have gone on to forge successful careers as orchestral players, soloists, chamber musicians and teachers. 



13th April - 18th April 

NZSSSO offers a valuable opportunity for some of NZ’s top secondary school orchestral musicians to represent their school, and  experience playing in a full Symphony Orchestra.

Applications open September 1st 2019 and close on October 18th

Canterbury Schools Regional Orchestra

Term 3 workshops

20th Sept Roadshow

22nd Sept Gala Concert

CSRO members have the fun of preparing pieces throughout term three, going on a roadshow to local intermediate schools, joining in on workshops with the Orchestra Festival and then culminating in performing at the Gala concert. 

Chamber Music Contest

12th-14th June (Regionals)

2nd - 4th August (Finals)

CMNZ  plays a vital part in introducing the inspiring world of chamber music to young minds. They achieve this through special school packages, school visits and educational concerts. The NZCT Chamber Music Contest runs in Term 3 each year.

This annual competition showcases some of the country’s top secondary school jazz bands. Young jazz musicians have the chance to mix, mingle with and challenge themselves against others from around New Zealand.

Southern Jam

Some of the best talent from our South Island High Schools head each year to Marlborough to join local Colleges in an incredible week of Jazz performances.

Held in Term 3 each year.

Jazz Quest



4 Feb to 12 April


29 April to 5 July


22 July to 27 Sept


14 Oct to 6 Dec




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