The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra is planning to tour to Europe in July 2019 to attend the Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the players to perform on an international stage in some of the world’s most beautiful venues. The tour will also involve visits, concerts and sightseeing in Munich, Salzburg and Prague. You can view the full itinerary here:
This tour will cost $8000 per player and we will be working hard to raise as much of that as we can to ensure as many of our players as possible can attend. We have lots of events planned so keep an eye out for events and products that may appeal to you.
First up we have a Boot Sale on Saturday 24 February in CSM’s car-park at 60 Ferry Rd. For the cost of $40.00 you can bring along a boot load of second hand goods, crafts, baking or anything that you would like to sell. Or if you don’t have anything to sell come along and buy. There will be buskers to entertain you and sausages to feed you. Please contact Bryony Bedggood on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in booking a space.
If you would like to make a donation towards the tour or support an individual player please contact Celia Stewart, Music Director, on email@example.com
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
Rehearsals Tuesday 5.30pm-9.30pm
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
About the UC CYO
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.
Check out the orchestra’s Facebook page here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions will be held on Monday 5 February 2018 from 5pm
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