Christchurch School of Music


Job Vacancy at CSM

The Christchurch School of Music is seeking a co-ordinator for its Outreach Band Programme which is held in primary schools across Christchurch. Preference will be given to a person who could also teach a band instrument in the programme (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, guitar, percussion) to primary school aged children.

The role is a flexible one requiring approximately 240-260 hours of administration a year, depending on enrolment numbers. Any teaching will be over and above that.

If you have great people skills, are well organised, love working with young children, are passionate about the value of music in children’s lives then this could be the job for you.

It will initially be a one year fixed term contracted position. Remuneration will be dependent on the successful applicant’s experience and qualifications

Applications close on Friday 6 December at 10pm. Please email CSM’s Music Director on with your expression of interest and you will be sent the application pack.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to all our 2019 scholarship winners who all performed superbly at the Scholarship Concert at The Piano on Monday 25 November. The full list of scholarship winners can be found here



Join the Dawn Chorus!

Like our Christchurch School of Music musicians, New Zealand’s dawn-chorus birds
make beautiful music, with quirky rhythms and lovely melodies.

Now you can join the CSM Dawn Chorus and help us to fill the air with music!

Support us in building our nest as we continue to nurture and inspire our learners of all ages.

As a member of the CSM Dawn Chorus you will become part of our family,
and will be acknowledged on our website and in our programmes.
You will hear about our concerts, events and get updates on our students and our achievements.

Your generous gift will empower musicians from all backgrounds to experience the joy of
music making, learn teamwork, and gain self-confidence and a life-long love of music.


Choose which bird-member of the Dawn Chorus you want to be, make your donation, and you’ll receive a bunch of goodies from CSM including stunning art prints of our fantastical native bird illustrations we commissioned especially by Simon Shaw, and free tickets to CSM events throughout 2020.


We look forward to having you on board!

Join the Dawn Chorus!

Posted by Christchurch School of Music (CSM) on Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Congratulations to UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Helen Renaud and the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Concert Band who had a very successful weekend at the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival. National awards for top orchestra and top concert band!!

Huge weekend coming up – Showcase and UC CYO concert!!

This coming weekend will be huge. On Saturday we will be rehearsing for our Showcase Concert from 11.00-2.00 and then our annual Showcase will be at 5.00pm in the Town Hall. Following the Showcase the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra will be presenting its second major concert of the year – “Bolero” Tickets for both the Showcase and the UC CYO concert are available from the CSM office during the week and there will be door sales. Everyone welcome – it will be a great evening of wonderful music making.

Great concert from the Youth Orchestra

Huge congratulations to Helen Renaud and the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra for a wonderful first concert of the year. It was so exciting to have all 90 musicians on the stage for Gershwin’s “American in Paris”.

Youth Orchestra off to Wainui Camp

The UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra is heading to Wainui for the weekend to have some fun and do some intense rehearsing. The weekend will culminate in a 1 hour concert over in the Gaeity at 12.30pm on Sunday. Check out the orchestra’s website to keep up to date with their  2019 programme.

JSO to play at Children’s Day

Come along to Children’s Day on Sunday March 3rd and support our wonderful JSO who are performing at 11.15am. It’s always a great day out!

Jazz Combo plays at Town Hall Open Day

So incredibly proud of our wonderful jazz Combo who rocked the stage in the auditorium at the Town Hall Open Day on Saturday 23 February.

A new year at CSM

CSM will begin for the year on Saturday 9 February with week-day classes and ensembles beginning the week after. New and previous enrolments are still very welcome. Come and join us for a great year of music making.