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,with over 40 events reaching numbers in excess of 10,000 every year!

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 New Zealand music.

The Big Sing


We’re pleased to announce the dates for The Big Sing 2021. Check the link below for the TBS  dates and locations for Cadenza and Finale.

Registrations for regionals will open on 18 February 2021. We can’t wait to see our TBS whānau again next year and look forward to hearing some wonderful live music.

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is committed to the development of New Zealand’s young orchestral musicians through the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. December's NYO members are listed in the link below.




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.

Canterbury Schools Regional Orchestra


We look forward to seeing you all in 2021. Keep a look out for news of next years audition dates - we'll post them soon! 

Chamber Music Contest 2021


The Chamber Music Contest will be 8th June through to the 7th August 2021. Entries open Monday 8th Feb - so keep you ears and eyes open for the chance to compete in this Nationwide event. 

JazzQuest is an annual competition showcasing the quality of some of the country’s top secondary school jazz bands and musicians. It offers young jazz musicians a chance to mix, mingle with and challenge themselves against others from around New Zealand

Southern Jam

Southern Jam is the only event of its kind in the South Island. It's a great opportunity for young musicians to learn from other great, well respected musicians; and to be among the first to experience the South Island's next wave of musical talent. 

Jazz Quest


1 Feb to 16 April

3 May to 9 July

26 July to 1 Oct

18 Oct to 9 Dec


510 Hagley Ave

Christchurch 8011

PO Box 3984

03 364 5164

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