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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.....

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Canterbury Schools Regional Orchestra

THE CSRO provides an opportunity for young musicians to play in a full orchestra. A Performance and a Roadshow showcases the fun we all have with our music.

 Enrolments for the 2024 orchestra open 31st May and close Wednesday 19th June

Chamber Music Contest 2024

The NZCT has provided a platform for thousands of Kiwi secondary school students to perform, for many this is their first experience of chamber ensemble performance.

Regional rounds from 5th June   with finals in Wellington on 2nd August

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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.

Finals on June 8th 2024

The Big Sing


We look forward to hearing some wonderful live music from quality choirs and soloists!

Regionals will be held in Christchurch Town Hall 7th June with the Finale on 29-31 August 2024 In Wellington. 

Check the link below for the Big Sing Facebook page. 

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).

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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)

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. 17-21 June 2024

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. 

10 August 2024 - Blenheim

Jazz Quest

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