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.....



23rd May 2109 (Heats)

25-26th June (Canterbury Finals)

12th Sept (National Finals)

Smokefree RockQuest is NZ's only nationwide, live, original music, youth event. Founded in 1989 S aims to motivate young musicians to prove their ability and raise heights they can reach in their music careers.

The Big Sing


4th-5th June ( Canterbury Regionals)

14-15th August (Cadenza - Sth)

26th-28th Aug (National Finals)

TBS is a dynamic, national group-singing competition for secondary school students and is a major highlight of the school calendar. More than 10,000 young people from over 250 schools take part!

NZSO National Youth Orchestra

9th - 10th July 2020

The NZSO National Youth Orchestra students will get the opportunity to experience and explore the excitement of what it is like to rehearse and perform in a full symphony orchestra and engage with players from your national orchestra.

Places in the NYO are keenly sought after so don’t miss your chance!



13th April - 18th April 

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 now closed for 2020.

Canterbury Schools Regional Orchestra

Term 3 workshops

20th Sept Roadshow

22nd Sept Gala Concert

CSRO members have the fun of preparing pieces throughout term three, going on a roadshow to local intermediate schools, joining in on workshops with the Orchestra Festival and then culminating in performing at the Gala concert. 

Chamber Music Contest 2020

10th-12th June District Heats

21st June Regional Finals

7th - 8th August Finals

CMNZ  plays a vital part in introducing the inspiring world of chamber music to young minds. They achieve this through special school packages, school visits and educational concerts. The NZCT Chamber Music Contest runs in Term 3 each year.

This annual competition 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

Some of the best talent from our South Island High Schools head each year to Marlborough to join local Colleges in an incredible week of Jazz performances.

Held in Term 3 each year.

Jazz Quest



3 Feb to 9 April


28 April to 3 July


20 July to 25 Sept


12 Oct to 4 Dec




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