CSO Careers

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. 





  • Community Engagement Assistant +

    Community Engagement Assistant

    Part-Time position:  20 hours per week

    The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the leading musical organisation in the South Island and has been a proud contributor to the Christchurch community and its surrounds for 60 years. The CSO continues to play an important role in maintaining and growing an exciting and diverse arts scene in the region and, each year, presents a wide range of community participation, learning and engagement activities alongside a diverse series of orchestral concerts.

    Demand for our Community Engagement Programme continues to grow and we now seek to appoint a Community Engagement Assistant.

    The purpose of this role is to assist with the planning, implementation and delivery of the CSO’s Community Engagement Programme.

    This role will provide administrative support for the programme, including assisting with scheduling, liaising with musicians and participants and contributing to financial reporting.

    This role will also have the opportunity to be involved in a hands-on capacity, assisting with the delivery of a range of projects.

    The Community Engagement Assistant is required to work closely and co-operatively with the Community Engagement Programme Leader, Artistic Assistant, musicians of the CSO and other team members.

    The successful candidate must have the following attributes:

    • Musical knowledge with practical experience
    • Some teaching or education background
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Familiarity with standard office software including Microsoft Excel
    • Highly organised with excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to work in a challenging and fast-paced environment

    To succeed in this role, the candidate must also demonstrate a positive attitude and strong work ethic as well as a high level of initiative and imagination, and be a creative thinker who is pro-active and resilient.

    To apply please for this position, please send an application letter accompanied with a CV to:

    Chief Executive
    Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
    email: office@cso.co.nz

    For a full job description, click here. 

    Application close on the 14th December 2018


  • 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.