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

7TH MAY – 2nd JULY

Fridays 3.45pm – 5.15pm

Roadshow Friday 2nd July

Applications now closed 


Georgina Rees-Stevenson

Venue: Papanui High School

Total Cost: $25

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. 



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


We’re pleased to announce the dates for The Big Sing 2021. Check the link below for the Big Sing Facebook page. 

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.

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