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 

Celebrate the Beethoven 250 year in style with a Conference in which his monumental legacy of music will be the springboard for an enriching smorgasbord of lectures, concerts, masterclasses and workshops. With our own internationally-renowned NZ String Quartet in residence, NZ pianist Stephen De Pledge providing the piano expertise, and sessions for woodwind and voice teachers, there will be something to satisfy all interests.

More details on the Conference 2020 website page.

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
Set music is  Bach Two-Part Invention No. 6
“no repeats please”

Northland Performing Arts Competitions (NPAC)

Senior Vocal 30 August-1 September
Vocal Under 12: 14-15 September
Piano and Instrumental: 21-22 September

Upcoming Events

Sun 17 Nov – Mini recitals, Old Library (IRMT event)
Sun 30 Nov – Soiree, Cafler Suite, Forum North (IRMT event)
Sun 1 Dec – WYM End of Year Concert, Forum North
Sun 8 Dec – Christmas Concert, Old Library (IRMT event)

For IRMT events, door charge adults $5, children free. 

Auckland Branch Events

IRMT Auckland Branch Scholarships Weekend

7-8 September
All classes at Theosophical Society Hall, 4 Warborough Avenue, Epsom
Ludwig Treviranus – Piano classes
Susan Bierre – Strings
Camille Wells – Woodwind
Margaret Lindsay – Vocal 
Adults: $5 per session – morning/afternoon
Children $1 per session – morning/afternoon

Phillips Memorial Vocal Scholarship
Saturday 7 September 5:15pm
Lecture Theatre Kings College Golf Avenue Otahuhu

Margaret Doone Finals Concert
Sunday 8 September 7pm Adults $10, children $5

New Zealand Women Composers

Saturday 12 October at 3pm
St Barnabas Church, 283 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden

Geoffrey Hinds will give a piano recital of works by New Zealand women composers.
Admission by programme – Cash only please: $25 waged or $20 unwaged with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Support.
Please contact Geoffrey if attending – phone 09 630 3267 or email

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 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 15 September; 10 November
Enquiries: Geoffrey Hinds 09 630 3267 or 

Southern – Old Central School, 57 Wood St, Papakura  $5 per family
Saturdays 19 October at 4:15pm; 23 November at 4:15pm
Enquiries: Gina Sanders/Fleur Chee or

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

Other Auckland Events

Classical Guitar Concert at Alberton: ‘Anatolia – Aotearoa’ classical guitar cross cultural concert
15th September at 4pm.
Tickets: IRMT members and students are being offered the special “friends of Alberton” rate of $20 per ticket for any number of tickets they would like to book.

Anatolian born classical guitarist Barkin Sertkaya will join Bruce Paine for a concert entitled ‘Anatolia – Aotearoa’.  This will be a special manifestation of Barkin’s touring programme which has proven most popular with audiences.  Barkin will play a selection of guitar works inspired by music of his homeland and Bruce will offer a New Zealand perspective with some of his own compositions. Featuring the premiere performance of ‘Anatolia – Aotearoa’, a newly composed guitar duet by Bruce Paine, celebrating and blending Middle Eastern and New Zealand/European musical styles. The duet is also in memory of the Christchurch Mosque shooting that occurred in March this year, 2019.

Full details of the event and flyer, including booking details are on the following link: Please be sure to mention that you are an IRMT member and were offered the “friends of Alberton” rate. 

Term 3 Student Concert

This will feature performances by music theatre students from Coryn Knapper’s studio. This is an opportunity to gain insight into the work of musical theatre.
Performances by string and piano students will also be welcomed.

Interested in Volunteering to Play Piano at Waikato Hospital?

Volunteering and playing the piano in the main auditorium on L1 and/or OPR2 which is the rehabilitation ward for older people
Why not get together a group of your students and organise a “mini concert” for patients and visitors?
Contact Krasi May if you are interested

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:

See also BOP Coming events newsletter – Aug 19

BOP Branch Scholarship – Senior and Junior

Date: Saturday 7th September, Village on 17th Hall, 17th Avenue West, Tauranga
Junior Scholarship – 1:00pm; Senior Scholarship – 2:30pm
Adjudicator: Chris Greenslade
We look forward to hearing BOP’s talented young musicians perform a variety of music and encourage all members and public to attend
Door Sales – Adult $5 – Child gold coin donation – Family $10

Music Club Meeting

Open to all music teachers (not just IRMTNZ members) in the Bay of Plenty
Date: Friday 20 September at 9:15 am for coffee and starts at 9:30 am (runs approx 1.5 hours)
Topics: 1. Music history (sharing resources, tips on how to get students to memorise this informatin and fun facts about composers for young children)
             2. How to cope with busy students
Please RSVP Adele Dickinson by 18th September for venue details and so we can cater accordingly. Gold coin donation for morning tea would be appreciated. 

Workshop with Melody Deng

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019
Melody will combune a technology & games workshop with a Fit 4 Piano seminar.
More details to follow. 

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. Entry is by donation.
Friday 20 Sept 7 pm        Convenor: Mary Williams
Sunday 8 Dec 1:30 pm    Convenor: Elaine Schreiber

New Plymouth Competitions 

Piano and Instrumental: Sunday 7 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

Concert featuring Taranaki Youth Orchestra

Sunday 8 September, details to be confirmed

Taranaki Branch Young Musician of the Year

Saturday 26 October 7pm St Andrew’s Church, Liardet Street
Adjudicator: Guy Donaldson

Manawatu Branch Events

Vocal Competitions

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

Piano Performance and Competitions

Evelyn Rawlins / Manawatu IRMT & Intermediate
Saturday 21 September
Closing date: Saturday 31 August
Adjudicator: Amber Rainey (Wellington)

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

Instrumental Performance and Competitions

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

Music VIVA / Manawatu Rotary Young Performers’ Scholarship

Preliminaries: Saturday 28 September
Finale: Monday 14 October 7:30pm

Last Night of the Proms

Manawatu Sinfonia and Renaissance Singers
Saturday 7 September, Regent on Broadway conducted by Tim Jones
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 Soloist: Andrew Atkins
Mozart’s Queen of the Night Soloist: Shayna Tweed
Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers: Danceworks
Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and many other traditional Proms items

Chamber Music New Zealand Concerts: Globe Theatre

Wednesday 11 September 7:30pm: Matthew Barley, Stephen de Pledge
Sunday 13 October 5pm: Voices NZ


Organ Powers – “Alla Danza”

Ray Tankersley, Organ
Dates: 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. 

Wellington Branch Events

Book Chat for Term 3

19 September 7:45pm 38 Raumati Terrace, Khandallah
The next book to be discussed is Michael Griffin’s Developing Musical Skill: For Students (note: the title varies, some websites say For Secondary Students).
This book is available very cheaply online at Book Depository. You may also like to look again at his Learning Strategies for Musical Success, a book we discussed some time ago. 

Sonata Celebration

Sunday 8 September

2019 Dowse Performing Arts Group Concerts

At St Marks Church, Woburn Road, Lower Hutt from 4.30 pm: 21st September.
At the Lower Hutt Little Theatre, (Senior Students) from 4 pm: 3rd November.
Anyone wishing to join the Dowse Performing Arts Group and present their students in these concerts please contact the Secretary: Theodora Lee-Smith  or 04 971 8536

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 15 September 3pm – Bring Your Second Instrument. Contact or
Sunday 3 November 3pm – 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.

2020 International Young Artists Festival

The 2020 New Zealand International Young Artists Festival website is live now: All IRMT teachers are welcome to participate in the festival public
events, free of charge! Students who are interested can enter online at the website.
Monday 20th January is Piano Celebration Day, featuring various piano events with a concert in the Adam concert Room.
The organisers would love to invite IRMT teachers and students to perform at the concert. See the website for more details!

Christchurch Competitions

July 5th to July 10th
Adjudicator: Susan Smith ONZM JP ARCM FTCL LRSM
Quick Learning Pieces will be available from the 1st June and cups from 2018 are to be returned by June 1st to the Convener’s address.
For further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact the Convener, Nahzee Maleki Amin Email:

IRMT Trophy Awards

The Trophy Awards will again be held as a class in the Christchurch Competitions and are open to all students of Branch members under the age of 19.
Our Trophy Awards are an exciting event for students to perform with prizes in piano, instrumental and vocal.
If you require an accompanist, contact the convenor, Christy Yau, . Please support this event to make it a success.

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! 


October 7-9, Christchurch
The national Music Education Conference! Workshops cater from early childhood through to secondary and beyond.
Topics include practical playing, creating, technology, cultural competency, cross curricular, research, individual tuition, classroom and ensembles.
Inspirational keynote speakers in new locations in the heart of Christchurch!
Please go to for details, registration and workshop submissions!

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

Morning Tea for Retired Members

Sunday 20 September 10am – 12 noon @ Jenny Perez’ home. A committee member will be in touch to invite personally.

Intermediate Recital and Senior Scholarship

Saturday 2 November
Intermediate Recital – non competitive – 2:30pm Mornington Methodist Church, Galloway Street. Please see Int Recital Entry Form and Int Recital Conditions of Entry
Senior Scholarship – 6pm Marama Hall. Please see Snr Scholarship ENTRY FORM and Snr Scholarship CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Please note the different venues.
Adjudicator: Justine Cormack
Closing date: Monday October 14th. 

Composition Competition

Sunday November 10th at 3pm, Mornington Methodist Church, Galloway Street
An afternoon to present awards and hear performances
Adjudicator: Professor Anthony Ritchie
Closing date: Monday October 14th. Please see Composition Entry Form and Composition Conditions

Dunedin Musical Society

Remaining dates for this year are: 15 September and 20 October
Senior programme 2:30 pm
Teenagers 3:45 pm
Juniors 4:00 pm
Charge: $2 – adults. Children, performers and members – free

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