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.....
Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand’s only nationwide, live, original music, youth event.
Smokefreerockquest aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and realise the heights they can reach in their music careers, and to encourage their peers to support original NZ music.
NZSO National Youth Orchestra
GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct the 2023 Season. Repertoire will include Copland’s evocative Billy the Kid Suite and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, as well as a new work by Nathaniel Otley. Course dates are 25 June – 01 July, with concerts in Wellington (30 June) and Auckland (01 July).
NZSSSO offers a valuable opportunity for some of New Zealand’s top secondary school orchestral musicians to represent their school, and receive the opportunity to experience playing in a full Symphony Orchestra. Students are selected by audition.
Applications for 2024 open 1 Sept and close 24 Oct.
Course dates 15-20 April 2024 (school holiday wk 1)