Christchurch School of Music

Christchurch Youth Orchestra

Luke Di Somma

The CYO is the top-ranked orchestra of the Christchurch School of Music, comprising our best musicians between the ages of 16 and 25. 

Auditions for new players will be held on the 17th of February. We will be auditioning all string players. Please contact the CSM office on if you would like to organise an audition time. All auditionees will be sent music to prepare.   

The standard of the CYO has been reflected over the years in dozens of favourable press reviews and many alumni having gone on to pursue international careers in music. CYO members past or present can be found in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and other elite groups.

The CYO maintains a high profile in the Christchurch concert music scene, performing concerts in a range of venues around the city and hosting visiting ensembles from overseas. It also goes on tour most years, with recent destinations as being as diverse as Sydney, Stewart Island and Tekapo.

Thanks to a grant from the Farina Thompson Trust, there is a discount of $100 to all Univeristy of Canterbury students who play in CYO.


Rehearsal time: 
Tuesday evenings from 6.15pm until 8.45pm
Rehearsal venue: 
Avonhead Primary School
Joanne Vergeer (Tel:3425881 Email:

Christchurch Youth Orchestra events

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One semester Whole year
Christchurch Youth Orchestra $400