The CSO offers a wide range of opportunities through the Tune Up programme for musicians of all ages and abilitiesa to further develop their musical skills and knowledge. We look forward to meeting you and sharing musical experiences together.
Piano Play Day
Pianists of all ages and levels are invited to present recitals of up to 20 minutes on the CSO’s Carter Steinway concert piano in the Ron Ball Studio on Sunday 16 August. Please register your interest to perform by 5pm Sunday 19 July. Places may be limited.
Performance time is up to 20 minutes. Please allow for time between pieces.
As of 17 July, all slots for pianists 14 and under have been filled.
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Members of the public are most welcome to come along and enjoy some music by our local pianists.
The purchase of the Merle Carter Piano by the CSO was made possible through the generous support of the Maurice Carter Charitable Trust.
Chamber Music Weekend, 25-27 September
A weekend of small ensemble music making for people of all ages and abilities. Some participants are members of existing ensembles, looking for fresh ideas and further development, whilst others are seeking to meet and play with like-minded musicians.
The Chamber Music Weekend includes tutored sessions led by CSO musicians, break-out practice sessions, discussions and presentations on relevant topics as well as a combined piece to be performed by all participants in a final concert.
Applications for the Chamber Music Weekend have now closed.
Would your concert band, orchestra or brass band like a CSO musician to come and coach a sectional for part or all of your group? We're keen to hear about the artistic goals of your organisation and to discuss how we might be able to support you to achieve these.
Led by CSO Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey, this interactive workshop offers valuable insights and helpful advice on conducting.
Throughout the year, the CSO will be hosting a series of Masterclasses by CSO musicians and visiting international guest artists.
Upper Strings Masterclass, 1st April, 4-6pm,
Ron Ball Studio Digital
CSO Assistant Concertmaster Sarah McCracken and Principal Viola Serenity Thurlow will be giving advice, feedback and mentoring to violin and viola students from Grades 4 to 7 in this masterclass. Obeservers are welcome. Please contact Selena Orwin at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. More information to come regarding the streaming of the Masterclass.
Elaine P Snowden Scholarship
This scholarship is avilable to University of Canterbury students and provides opportunities to perform in selected CSO concerts.
Alison Barwick Internship Programme
Up to two young musicians are selected annually to receive lessons, mentoring and rehearsal access to the CSO.
The purpose of the Internship is to provide a stimulating, supportive and positive experience for young emerging musicians, where skills are developed and relationships formed within the professional orchestral environment. This programme forms the link between musical studies and orchestral performance.
The Internship Programme includes:
- 2 paid Concerts with the CSO
- 2 lessons with Section Principal
- Feedback from the principal or/and orchestral mentor
The Internship is open to any orchestral instrument and for players up to 25 years. Applicants may be shortlisted and will be invited to audition. The requirements are:
- Own choice piece (accompaniment optional, accompanist not provided); 5 minutes
- Own choice scale and arpeggio
- Orchestral excerpts (2) (to be provided by CSO or any 2 NZSSSO excerpts)
Applications for the 2020 Internship Programme have now closed. For information on how to apply for the 2021 intake, please email email@example.com.