Conductor: Helen Renaud
Christchurch bassoonist, saxophonist and conductor, Helen Renaud has been the HOD of Music at Burnside High School, where she now works part time. She studied bassoon at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, and Music History at the University of Victoria, before receiving her teaching qualification. In 2009 she graduated with a Masters in Music from the University of Melbourne, where she focused on conducting. It was here that she was taught by the late Professor John Hopkins OBE, and Richard Gill OAM.
Since then she has been working to develop her conducting skills as the Conductor of the Burnside High School Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Junior Concert Band. She is currently studying part time for her Doctorate in Musical Arts, looking at rehearsal techniques for high school and youth ensembles. Helen was appointed to the roll of Conductor of the Christchurch School of Music UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra in 2016.
Assistant Conductor: Matthew Lee
The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra (CYO) was founded in the 1970s and has offered talented students in the Christchurch area the opportunity to play challenging and exciting orchestral repertoire. Each year the orchestra will perform 3-4 concerts and can often be called on to perform at corporate and community events. Professional players from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and occasionally the NZSO, will work with students at sectionals to coach them in the nuances of orchestral playing.
In 2015 the CSM signed a sponsorship agreement with the University of Canterbury for the youth orchestra which is an exciting development in the orchestra’s history. This sponsorship gives naming rights to the university and ensures the players can have access to interesting repertoire and essential equipment.
Entry into the Youth Orchestra is by audition. This not only ensures that talented students throughout Christchurch are given the opportunity to join the orchestra, but also that those students who might choose to pursue a musical career have the chance to experience the “live” audition process.
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Contact the office if you would like to schedule an audition.
Latest News for the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra:
The orchestra is currently accepting applications for auditions. If you are interested in auditioning for the orchestra please contact Jo Vergeer on email@example.com
Auditions will be held on Monday 5 February 2018 from 5pm
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