*Many of these have been cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19.

Please check with your teacher or on the event pages (links below).

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.....



Rock Quest will go ahead this year.  Taking the competition online provides an exciting opportunity for more students to learn new skills around the recording of their video entries, as well as connect beyond their region with other participants throughout Aotearoa. 

The Big Sing


We’re very sad to announce that The Big Sing will not take place in 2020.

But please read on below for some creative alternatives we have in mind including a dedicated Youtube channel and a Virtual Choir Project!

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

With the ongoing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation, we regret that all scheduled New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concerts and associated events until 31 July, 2020 have been cancelled.



It is with deep regret that we are cancelling this year’s NZSSSO course. Our intention is to run the same programme in 2021.

Click on the link below to read full details

Canterbury Schools Regional Orchestra


CSRO 2020 

We have made the difficult decision to cancel the CSRO this year.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

Chamber Music Contest 2020


The Chamber Music Contest will be going ahead this year but in an altered format, utilizing recordings rather than public performances… please follow this link for updates on this

This annual competition hosted by ARA 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

At this point in time, April 17th, Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival is STILL ON!
We will have to wait and see as the pandemic situation changes and will keep everyone updated about SJAM.

Jazz Quest


3 Feb to 9 April

14 April to 3 July

20 July to 25 Sept

12 Oct to 4 Dec


510 Hagley Ave

Christchurch 8011

PO Box 3984

03 364 5164

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