We hold regular events at both national and branch level, which both members and non-members can attend. 

You can also find details of events held by our colleagues in music education here.

Save the Date – Annual Conference 2020

16-19 January 2020
Bridging Cultures: Beethoven 250 and Beyond
King’s College, Otahuhu, Auckland
Convenors: Sarah Watson and Dianne James 

Our annual conferences are a great way to network with like-minded colleagues.

The 2019 Conference “Southern Themes and Variations” was held in Dunedin in January.
Read the inaugural Judith Clark Memorial Address that was given by Emeritus Professor John Drummond – see also Presenter’s biography.

Northland Branch Events

IRMT Northland Scholarship Class – $500 prize

Northland Performing Arts Competitions
Set music is  Bach Two-Part Invention No. 6

IRMT Northland Branch 50th Anniversary

We congratulate the Northland Branch on the celebration of their 50th anniversary on February 9th. This was in the form of a luncheon followed by a free public concert.

Upcoming Events

Sat 12 May – New Zealand Music Concert, Old Library
Sun 26 May – Northland Sinfonia Concert, Old Library
Tue 4 June – Chamber Music Concert
Sun 16 June – Non Competitive Festival, Cafler Suite, Forum North
Sun 11 Aug – Memory/Beginners Prom, Cafler Suite, Forum North
Sun 24 Nov – Mini recitals, Cafler Suite, Forum North
Sun 30 Nov – Soiree, Cafler Suite, Forum North
Sun 1 Dec – WYM End of Year Concert, Forum North
Sun 8 Dec – Christmas Concert, Old Library

Auckland Branch Events

IRMT Auckland Branch Scholarships

Friday 6 through Sunday 8 September
Adjudicators: Ludwig Treviranus will be adjudicating the Piano classes and Camille Wells will be adjudicating the Woodwind class. We hope to confirm the String and Vocal class adjudicators shortly.
Entry forms will be sent out in May and the closing date for entries is Friday July 19th 2019. Please put these dates in your diary and encourage your students to work towards these Scholarship classes. The first prize for each class is $350. The Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship has a first prize of $1000, second prize of $500 and third prize of $250. For those who are not prize winners there is still the benefit of having this performance opportunity, and the receipt of a report for each performance.

Thelma Gordon Memorial Awards

This is a reminder that the Thelma Gordon Awards are available in the following categories:

Scholarship Award of $1000.00 to be given to the candidate with the highest mark in the ATCL Teaching Diploma. The Pass mark must have been attained.
Scholarship Award of $1000.00 to be given to the candidate with the highest mark in the DipABRSM Teaching examination. The Pass mark must have been attained.
Scholarship Award of $500.00 to be given to the candidate with the highest mark in the ABRSM Grade 8 Theory examination. A minimum mark of 80 (Merit) must have been attained.
In the event of more than one candidate attaining the same mark, the Award will be shared equally between the recipients.

Candidates must have been studying with or being mentored by an IRMT Auckland Branch teacher at the time of entering the examination in 2019. See Thelma Gordon Scholarship Grant for more details.

The Thelma Gordon Teacher Training Grant of $360 is awarded to successful applicants undertaking the Teacher Training Foundation Course run by IRMTNZ.
This is an initiative from the Auckland Branch to encourage those teachers less experienced to further develop their teaching skills. The Grant is made possible through the Thelma Gordon Memorial Bequest and covers the full cost of the three parts of the Foundation Course. Applicants must have been taught or mentored by an IRMT teacher in Auckland, preferably within three years prior to the application. The minimum practical standard must be Grade 8 and working towards a Diploma, University Music Degree, or a Post-Graduate course for Instrumental teaching. Applicants must be residing in the Auckland area. 

Auckland Teachers Forum

 Auckland Branch runs Teaching Forums hosted by Susan Smith and Fiona Bygrave. Excitingly, we now have many more new, young and innovative teachers joining the Institute, so  are hosting Mentoring sessions. For details of the next forum, please email: or call 021 2652 628

Student Performers Groups

North Shore – St Aidan’s Church 97 Onewa Road, Northcote
Enquiries: Melody Deng  

Selwyn – St Luke’s Church, Remuera Road
Enquiries: Sharon Martin 09 528 3878 or 

Eastern – Howick Children’s Youth Theatre, 29 Granger Road, Howick   
4pm on 1 June; 10 August; 21 Sep; 2 Nov 
Festival to be held at All Saints Church, Selwyn Road, Howick
Enquiries: Susan Theron 021 0291 272 or

Mediant – St Cuthbert’s College Performing Arts Centre, Room 203  Market Road, Epsom
2:30pm on 16 June: 15 September; 10 November
Enquiries: Geoffrey Hinds 09 630 3267 or 

Southern – Old Central School, 57 Wood St, Papakura  $5 per family
6pm on 15 June
Enquiries: Gina Sanders/Fleur Chee fchee@orconet,nz

Hibiscus Coast
Sat 17 August Music Festival at Orewa College; other dates to be confirmed
Enquiries: Louise Lamb 09 427 5212 or  

Music Teachers Support Group

A support group for music teachers who meet a few times each year on an informal basis to share ideas about teaching practice. Experienced teachers welcome to share their skills with less experienced ones. 
Next Meeting: to be advised

Student Recital with a Difference!

Watch this space – coming up in Term 2. All students are welcome to perform and we will also enjoy items by musical theatre students.

Waikato Branch Piano

 IRMT Waikato owns the piano at the Chartwell Co-operating Church. It is available for use by members for a nominal amount. Contact for details.

Useful Links for other music events in Waikato

Creative Waikato Events:

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts events:

Branch Kawai Piano

Members are reminded that the piano, housed in the Village on 17th Ave hall, is available for use. Hall hire has to be arranged separately with the Village.
BOP financial members $20 for personal use by members. This includes student concerts. NB This does not apply to members accompanying soloists/groups who are
performing in fund raising activities for other organizations
Examination Board Activities $75 per half day – (that is a morning, an afternoon or an evening.) NB – Practice time for examination candidates is free when booked through the
examination board.
General $75 per half day – $140 per full day
Rehearsal Time – $50 per half day. There is no fee payable if rehearsing for an official IRMT function, e.g. master classes, seminars, scholarship.
For further information or booking please contact

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Institute of Registered Music Teachers Rotorua

Gisborne sub Branch Events

Taranaki Branch Student Recitals

All recitals are held at St Andrew’s on Liardet, New Plymouth. Door charges will apply.
Sunday 16 June 1:30 pm Convenor: Philippa Drinkwater
Friday 20 Sept 7 pm        Convenor: Mary Williams
Sunday 8 Dec 1:30 pm    Convenor: Elaine Schreiber

New Plymouth Competitions 

Instrumental: Monday 8 July – Tuesday 9 July. Alexander Room, TSB Showplace.
Adjudicator: Andrew Buchanan-Smart
Contact Tracy Christiansen for details

Singing: Sunday 30 June, 4th Wall Theatre, Baring Terrace
Adjudicator: Julie Booth
Contact Lisa Rangi for details

Taranaki Branch Young Musician of the Year

Saturday 27 October 7pm St Andrew’s Church, Liardet Street
Adjudicator: Guy Donaldson

Manawatu Branch Events

IRMT Student Recital

Any age, any stage
Saturday 18 May
Closing date: Friday 10 May

IRMT Manawatu Branch AGM

Sunday 26 May, 93 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North

IRMT Chamber Music / Duet Competition

Saturday 10 August
Closing date: Friday 26 July

Instrumental Performance and Competitions

J Holmes Runnicles, Junior/Intermediate
Monday 28 October (Labour Day)
Closing date: Saturday 12 October

Vocal Competitions

Junior / Intermediate (Senior section is not being offered)
Saturday 7 September 
Closing date: Saturday 17 August

Piano Performance and Competitions

Evelyn Rawlins / Manawatu IRMT & Intermediate
Saturday 21 September
Closing date: Saturday 31 August

Junior Medal Performance
Saturday 14 September
Closing date: Saturday 24 August

Organ Powers – “Alla Danza”

Ray Tankersley, Organ
Dates: 8th May, 12th June, 14th August, 11th September, 13th November, 11th December.
The venue (until St Andrews in the City reopens) is the Central Baptist Church on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12.15 pm – 12.45 pm.
The title of the series ‘Alla Danza’ features dance orientated pieces from England, Ireland, Scotland, the Iberian peninsula, Africa, East-ern and Western Europe, Africa and the South Pacific. The concerts are free. Refreshments provided and donations invited. 

Manawatu Performing Arts Competitions 2019

Instrumental: Entries close Saturday 11 May for 1 & 2 June, Contact: Dianne Dellow:
Vocal: Entries close Friday 10 May for 1 & 2 June Contact: Sue Shirriffs:
Piano: Entries close Saturday 8 June for 6 & 7 July Contact: Susan McConachy:

Wellington Branch and Other Events

Takiri Ensemble presents

On This Shining Night – A Classical Vocal Ensemble
performing the music of Schumann, Schubert, Ravel, Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams, Bic Runga and many more
At St Andrew’s on the Terrace Saturday 18 May at 7pm
Door sales only, EFTPOS available, $30 and $20
See for details

Piano Plus Festival

28-30 June 
Details to follow

Sonata Celebration

Sunday 8 September
Details to follow

Wellington Piano and Instrumental Group (WPIG)

Provides inexpensive opportunities for students to perform in public, in a semi-formal, friendly atmosphere. Concerts last about one hour followed by light refreshments.
St Paul’s Lutheran Church 12 King Street Mt Cook (off Adelaide Road, near Pizza Hut).
At the door option: $9 family / $3.50 adult / $2.50 student / under 5 free
Annual fee option: $25 family / $10 adult / $6 student  Allows performance and attendance at all concerts

Sunday 19 May 2pm – Chamber Music and Open. Contact Rosemary Bromley or
Sunday 23 June 2pm – Pre-Piano Plus Festival and Open. Contact or
Sunday 11 August 2pm – A Winter Matinee and Open. Contact or
Sunday 15 September 2pm – Pre-Sonata Celebration and Open. Contact or
Sunday 3 November 2pm – Children’s World and Open. Contact or Rosemary Bromley

Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Music Award

For music students with a connection to the Wellington Region
For more information about this award, please see:

Practice Venue 

Expressions, Upper Hutt – a unique practice venue! Have students preparing for the higher grades, or diploma levels? Need to have a run-through before the big day? Students will now be able to practice on the Steinway Grand Piano at the Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Times must be booked in advance by emailing or phoning Michelle on 527 2163.

Mature Students Concert

Saturday 22nd June, details to follow

AGM and Performance Ready Presentation

Sunday 26th May 2:30 pm Trinity Room at The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts
Performance Ready – How to prepare yourself to perform with Gina Fowler.
This short workshop session will give teachers some tips and ideas on how they can assist in preparing their students to be mentally and physically prepared to perform in an exam or performance situation, through the use of simple relaxation and preparation techniques. Gina Fowler is a speech and drama, and singing teacher who has many years of experience in writing and directing musicals, and children’s theatre, as well as preparing students for auditions, public speaking events, job interviews and other performance situations. By using simple but effective relaxation and physical and mental preparation techniques students and teachers can become more focused on the task of their performance and enable themselves to be mentally and physically prepared.

Other Events

Music’19 – the national Music Education NZ conference will be in Christchurch on October 7-9. Put these dates in your diary. The conference covers all streams of Music Education! 

IRMT Use of Facilities at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

The IRMT piano owned by the Christchurch branch is currently being used by Rangi Ruru School in one of their music studios. In return, they are offering reduced rates to any Branch members who wish to make use of the Merivale Lane Theatre for their student recitals. 
Hire prices: Merivale Lane Theatre and foyer $75 per hour (includes use of Bosendorfer piano)
P1 (large room in Performing Arts Block with good Yamaha grand $25 per hour
Music studio $15 per hour
All bookings and inquiries to Eddie Cropley, Facilities and Events Manager or visit the school website

Events at The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts

156 Armagh Street, Christchurch
See Events Calendar

Gore 12 May; Wanaka 14 May; Oamaru 15 May

Yoshiko Tsuruta Marimba
Heleen du Plessis Cello

GARETH FARR New Commission
PETER KLATZOW A Sense of Place
ANDREW BEALL Rose of Sharon
TCHAIKOVSKY Andante Cantabile
FAURÉ Après un rêve
Traditional Three Japanese Songs

See for details

Otago Registered Music Teacher Facebook Page

A place for Otago IRMT members to interact online with issues related to our teaching. It is for discussion, questions, wondering, sharing as well as the odd funny or two.
It is a Closed Group, meaning you have to be “accepted” into the group and no-one else can access it.

Southland Branch Events

Chamber Music New Zealand presents Duo Col Legno

Gore 12 May; Wanaka 14 May; Oamaru 15 May

Yoshiko Tsuruta Marimba
Heleen du Plessis Cello

GARETH FARR New Commission
PETER KLATZOW A Sense of Place
ANDREW BEALL Rose of Sharon
TCHAIKOVSKY Andante Cantabile
FAURÉ Après un rêve
Traditional Three Japanese Songs

See for details