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.
Chamber Music Weekend, 10th - 12th May
A weekend of small ensemble music learning and performing.
Ideally suited for people who have been playing their instument for three or more years.
Come along to the CSO Chamber Music Weekend for two days of small ensemble music learning and performing. This is a great opportunity to enhance your own personal musical development with our CSO tutors in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. All orchestral instruments are welcome, and participants can register as a pre-formed group or as individuals. Groups are welcome to bring their own music, or we will provide you with music ahead of time.
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.
Applications are now open for our Conducting Workshop with our CSO Chief Conductor, Benjamin Northey.
Wednesday 24th July
Ron Ball Studio, Christchurch Town Hall
86 Kilmore Street
To apply to conduct in the workshop, please fill in the following form.
Applications close on Friday 14th June.
Selected participants will be notified by Monday 1st July.
CompositionLab: a new music workshop for composers
Sunday 11th August, 2-5pm.
This workshop provides composers of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to have a composition performed by the CSO in a relaxed and supportive environment.
To submit your work, please fill in the form here.
Applications close on 1st July, 5pm.
Secondary Schools Orchestra Festival
Presented in association with the Canterbury Westland Secondary Music Teachers Association, the Secondary Schools Orchetra Festival includes sectionals, workshop and a combined massed orchestra performance in the Town Hall.
Throughout the year, the CSO will be hosting a series of Masterclasses by CSO musicians and visiting international guest artists.
Violin Masterclass with Clara-Jumi Kang, in association with the Michael Hill International Violin Competition
24th May with renowned international violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, who is one of the adjudicators of this year's Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Clara-Jumi will be putting four Christchurch violinists through their paces and offering advice and guidance. Observation is free. CSO Rehearsal Rooms, 2/4Klondyke Drive, Hornby South. Please RSVP by 24th May
To RSVP, email Selena Orwin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Professional Development for Teachers
The CSO has developed a series of workshops specifically for primary school teachers who aren't musicians but wish to offer music-based programmes to their students. Workshops aim to improve confidence through hands-on training. Participants do not need to read music or play an instrument. Click here to apply for the first workshop on 12th July