Junior Choir Conductor

Expressions of Interest are invited for the position of Junior Choir Conductor of the Music Festival, commencing 2018.

The Junior Choir Conductor is a significant member of the Music Team but with a primary focus on the selection, training and performance of the Junior Representative Choir for the festival.

A Job Description for the position of Junior Choir Conductor is available here.

This is not a paid position but a very modest honorarium is available.

All conducting positions in the Festival come ...

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Cancer Society to take collection

Fitting in with the 2017 theme “Whatever the Weather”, the Music Festival Executive is proud to announce that the the CANCER SOCIETY has been granted the right to take up a collection during this year’s festival.

The Canterbury-West Coast Division of the Cancer Society covers the region between the West Coast, from Haast to Karamea, and Canterbury from the Waitaki River to the Clarence River.

The Cancer Society is dedicated to improving community well-being by minimising the impact and incidence of cancer. ...

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Leader of the Orchestra

The Leader of the Orchestra for 2017 has been announced.

We congratulate Grace Lawrence – Heaton Intermediate School for being selected as Leader of the Orchestra for 2017. A rare event; this will be the second year that Grace has held the position.

Initial seating for the orchestra has also been released along with the naming of the section principals. This can be found here on the festival website.

Final orchestra placements will be determined during the Holiday Course.

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Rehearsal Music – Massed Choirs

Members of a school choir or a choir conductor can either play the tracks directly below, or download the tracks as they wish.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These files are provided for the express purpose of rehearsal only. They may not be used or distributed for any other purpose. Using these sound files for other than the purpose outlined is a direct breach of copyright which may expose you to significant penalties.


2017 Music Festival Massed Choir tracks

To play a track either just press the play symbol next ...

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Suggestions for the Massed Choirs

One of the hardest tasks for the Music Team each year is endeavouring to select an overall theme and suitable songs for the Massed Choirs to sing.

Songs selected have to meet at least most of the following criteria:

It is the task of the Festival Music team to sort out a well-balanced programme with songs that fit the above criteria, but we would welcome suggestions as to songs that they should consider when doing so.

We also welcome suggestions for an over-arching ...

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Sister Schools’ Festival – Adelaide

The Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival is establishing a functional relationship with its equivalent festival in Adelaide, “The Festival of Music”.

With its genesis in 1891 as the Thousand Voice Choir, The Festival of Music has been a part of South Australian life and now stands as an official State Icon.

Reaching over 23,000 primary children annually and with singing at its core, the Festival assists schools in reaching out for excellence.

The next Adelaide series will be held between the 13th and 23rd ...

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Follow us on Twitter

Want to receive reminders about the Festival – what is happening, deadlines, opening/closing of applications, etc?

The Festival sends out messages about when we open/close applications for choirs or Representative Groups, when announcements are made about rehearsals and performances, and anything else that will keep you up-to-date on what is happening in the organisation of this event.

You can have these messages arrive as txt messages to your phone or/and to a Twitter account if you have one.

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