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.

Woohoo! CSRO will be taking place in Term 3 - 12 August to 16th Sept. Enrolment open now!

Chamber Music Contest 2022

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.

13th-15th June with finals in Auckland on 6th Aug. Entries  close on April 1st 



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.

The Big Sing


 Check the link below for the Big Sing Facebook page. 

Regionals will be held in Christchurch Town Hall 9-10th June.

We can’t wait to see our TBS whānau again this August and look forward to hearing some wonderful live music from quality choirs and soloists. 

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.

Cancelled due to Covid-19 traffic light conditions.

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