Conductor: Helen Renaud
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.
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 busy preparing for its upcoming Concert, “Origins” which is being held in the beautiful Oamaru Opera House on Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm conducted by Helen Renaud.
The programme for the concert is:
Offenbach – Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
Greig – 2 Norwegian Airs for Strings Op. 63 (Strings)
Vaughan Williams – English Folk Song Suite (Wind Band)
Smetana – Vlatava from “Ma Vlast”
Arnold – Four Scottish Dances
Mussorgsky, orch. – “Pictures at an Exhibition” Promenade 1, Old Castle, Great Gate of Kiev
Tickets can be booked through Eventfinda
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