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The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra is the South Island’s leading orchestra, providing a balanced, eclectic and accessible concert season that spans the full range of orchestra repertoire. Over the past fifty years, the orchestra has grown to establish itself as a cultural asset to Christchurch and the wider communities of the South Island of New Zealand. A city orchestra with 26 salaried musicians, working approximately 26 weeks per year, the CSO serves the Canterbury community with high quality musical performances, an extensive Community Engagement programme and accompaniment services for the Royal NZ Ballet, NZ Opera, the Christchurch City Choir and the National Concerto Competition. Christchurch is a multi-cultural community bursting with artistic talent, at the heart of which are our CSO players who live and work within our city. 





  • CSO Symphonic Chorus auditions +

    The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra welcomes applications to audition for the CSO Symphonic Chorus

    The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the formation of the CSO Symphonic Chorus, a project-based chorus where members will work directly with the orchestra on major orchestral choral works in the CSO’s concert programmes.

    This will be a rostered chorus that will work around the CSO’s concert programme each year. Project schedules will be announced as they come about.

    In 2019, the chorus will be working with the orchestra under the baton of Chief Conductor Benjamin Northey for the performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Requiem, in the Christchurch Town Hall, Saturday 31st August. The choir master for 2019 is Ravil Atlas.

    We are now inviting candidates to apply to audition for the CSO Symphonic Chorus.

    Audition dates for this project:

    • Sunday 16th December 2018
    • Sunday 24th February 2019
    • Sunday 28th April 2019

    To apply, please contact CSO Orchestra Manager Luke Christiansen at production@cso.co.nz

    The email must include:

    • Full name
    • Full contact details
    • Indicated vocal classification (SATB)
    • The audition session you would like to attend

    You will be notified of your audition time no less than one week before the audition date, and applications will remain open until one week prior to the final audition date.

    You can also register your application over the phone by calling the CSO office on 03 943 7797.

    For more information about the audition requirements, please click here

    Please note that this is an unpaid position.