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.
CompositionLab - Postponed. New date to be confirmed.
CompositionLab is a three-part workshop where selected composers work in an in-depth manner with a CSO conducted ensemble to read and revise a sketch of a composition and test out new ideas.
This is a great opportunity for graduates or postgraduate students of composition to test out their musical ideas, develop them in conjunction with experienced professional musicians. Mentoring is available if requested.
Over three 3-hour sessions in September, up to four composers will be able to revise, test and try out their sketches of new compositions during readings with a conducted ensemble.
It is not necessary to submit a completed composition; in fact, we highly recommend you submit a work in progress that you would like to develop.
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Please fill in this form to apply
Chamber Music Weekend
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.
The cost of the weekend is $80, plus Saturday evening dinner (not included). To apply, please fill in this form.
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.