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.

We hold an annual conference at various places around New Zealand. The 2018 conference in Hamilton “Pathways to Performance” was held 18-21 January.

2019 Conference – Save the Date

Southern Themes and Variations
21-25 January 2019
St Margaret’s College, Otago University, Dunedin
Hosted by the Otago Branch in association with IRMTNZ Council
more details to follow


New Zealand Music Concert

Saturday 19 May 2pm at The Old Library 
This concert is for all comers. Players are encouraged to introduce themselves and the item and if possible give a brief speech about the composer and the item
Entries by 12 May to Atsuko

2018 Events

Saturday 19 May  New Zealand Music Concert 
Tuesday 5 June  Chamber Music Concert 7pm at St John’s Church
Sunday 17 June Non Competitive Festival. Adjudicator Judi Knox
Sunday 19 August Memory/Beginners Prom
Sat 8 – Sun 9 Sep NPA Competition (Vocal Junior)
Sat 15 – Sun 16 Sep NPA Competition (Instrumental)
Fri 21 – Sun 23 Sep NPA Competition (Vocal Senior)
Sunday 28 October Mini Recitals
Saturday 10 November Soiree
Sunday 2 December Christmas Concert

IRMT Northland Branch AGM

Sunday 17 June 11:45 am at the Old Library

Auckland Branch AGM 

Sunday June 17th at 2pm Theosophical Society Hall, Warborough Avenue, Epsom
Invited guest: Stephen de Pledge, Senior Lecturer in Piano at the School of Music University of Auckland. Stephen will discuss and play extracts from the work he recently commissioned from a range of NZ composers.

Auckland Teachers Forum

 Auckland Branch ran the first of its Teaching Forums in February hosted by Susan Smith and Fiona Bygrave. Excitingly, we now have many more new, young and innovative teachers joining the Institute, so  are hosting what we would like to think is the beginning of many more Mentoring sessions. For details of the next forum, please email: or call 021 2652 628

Wallace National Junior Piano Competition

12-15 July 2018 at the University of Auckland School of Music
Patron: Sir James Wallace
Exclusive deal for IRMT members – when you purchase a ticket to any of the evening recitals you will be able to attend any of the masterclass sessions for free throughout the festival (simply present your recital ticket (Eventbrite will email these direct to you) at the door. 

Auckland Branch Scholarships Weekend: Sep 7-9 2018 – save the date

Entry forms will be sent out in May and the closing date is July 20th. The 2018 adjudicators are:
Piano – Sarah Watkins
Woodwind – Ben Hoadley
Vocal – Emma Sloman
Strings – Shelagh Thomson

Student Performers Groups

North Shore – St Aidan’s Church 97 Onewa Road, Northcote
9 June; 25 August (non competitive festival); 24 November
Enquiries: Melody Deng  

Selwyn – St Luke’s Church, Remuera Road
16 June; 1 September; 10 November. 
Enquiries: Sharon Martin 09 528 3878 or 

Eastern – Old Star of the Sea, 29 Granger Road, Howick   4pm Saturdays
9 June; 11 August; 22 September; 3 November 
Enquiries: Lynda McDonald 09 950 1986 or

Mediant – St Cuthbert’s College Performing Arts Centre, Room 203  Market Road, Epsom
Enquiries: Geoffrey Hinds 09 630 3267 or 

Southern – Old Central School, Wood St, Papakura  $5 per family
23 June (6:30 pm – formal concert); 25 August (4:30 pm); 20 October (4:30 pm); 24 November (4:30 pm)
Enquiries: Gina Sanders/Fleur Chee

Hibiscus Coast
Sat 26 May at Stella Maris School Hall Silverdale
Sat 18 August at Orewa Arts& Events Centre (Festival)
Sat 10 November at Stella Maris School Hall Silverdale
Enquiries: Louise Lamb 09 427 5212 or  




Waikato Branch AGM and Student Concert

May 26th 2pm. Chartwell Cooperating Church. The AGM will conclude with afternoon tea, followed by the Student Concert at 3:30 pm.
Concert entries to be sent to Judy Utting by 22nd May.

Music Teachers Support Group

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

Professional Development Event – Business Patchwork

Sat June 25th at 1pm Chartwell Church
Topics covered include: running a business; contracts; Code of Ethics; writing studio policy; accounting; health and safety

Professional Development Event – Technology Workshop

Sat July 7th at 1:30pm “The Use of Apps in Music Teaching”
Presented by Melody Deng
Bring your own device and learn how to access digital teaching aids

Non Competitive Festival

Sat August 25th. Instead of holding our Annual Scholarships this year we are holding a non-competitive festival; an afternoon of fun and frivolity with different categories to enter. 
NOTE: students can enter two classes only per instrument. Further information and entry form to follow
Classes are:
1. Best Baroque
2. Classy Classical
3. Romantic Rulz
4. Contemporary Cool
5. Kiwi Composer
6. Go Jazz
7. Travellin’ Tunes (Folk Tunes or Titles that feature a foreign country)
8. Pupils Plus (Ensembles that can also include the teacher)
9. Family Funtastic (pupils plus any family members)
10. Anything Goes (if your piece doesn’t fit any of the above!)
11. Be a Movie Star (Film your NCEA Performance)

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 Christine for details.

Useful Links for other music events in Waikato

Creative Waikato Events:

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts events:


AGM 2018

The AGM scheduled to take place on 25th May has been postponed. 
It will now be held on Sat 4 August 2018 at 11am at the Raft Baordroom, Chapel Street, Tauranga

Cushion concert for younger beginner students

Sunday, 6th May at Penelope Ashton’s home, The Lakes. This is a perfect opportunity for your young students to
perform, possibly for the first time in public, before a friendly, supportive audience. More info to come.

High achievers/All grades/Duets concert

Saturday, 9th June 4pm
This concert provides an opportunity for more confident students to perform. Branch excellence awards are presented and the recipients along with the previous year’s Senior Scholarship
awardee play if they are available. Duets are fun so this year we encourage you to bring some to this concert. Teacher + student, student + student, student + parent or grandparent – any combination.
Entries to Robyn Buxton by Thursday 7 June. 

Scholarship – Senior and Junior sections

8th September (start time to be confirmed once entries are closed)
Scholarship day is a special day for our branch as it offers not only a competition opportunity for all students to work towards during the year but also an opportunity to play in an adjudicated situation which is good experience for students sitting exams. The Junior section will be held before the Senior section. 
Entries close Friday 3 August. Entry forms available from the secretary
Daniel Shin is the adjudicator this year. 

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 Adele Dickinson

For all inquiries about events at this branch please contact Claire Mason at

Patchwork Day – Professional Development Event

Saturday, 3rd March 2018, 3.00 – 4.30 pm, Havelock North Intermediate
with Jan Beck; Jill Tobin; Adrienne van Drimmelen; Peter Williams
Come and earn CPD points!
No charge, afternoon tea served. Contact Rachel Brownrigg for details.

Hawkes Bay Branch AGM

26th May

Junior and Intermediate Scholarships

4th August

Young Musician of the Year Dates

Preliminaries – 15th September

Finals – 21st September

Young Musician of the Year Award

28 October 6pm
4th Wall Theatre, Baring Terrace, New Plymouth
This is our gala event of the year and with 9 contestants, promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
See details on poster

Manawatu Branch Events

Elements of Technique

Sunday 4 March 2018   – with Richard Mapp.
See attached flyer for details

IRMT Manawatu Student Recital

Saturday 12 May – any age, any stage.
Closing date for entries is Friday 4 May

IRMT Manawatu Chamber Music/Duet Competition

Saturday 11 August – closing date for entries is Friday 21 July

Instrumental Competitions

J Holmes Runnicles (Grade 7 and above), Junior/Intermediate Medal (up to Grade 7)
Grades: Saturday 25 August
Closing date for entries is Saturday 4 August

Vocal Competitions

Senior, Junior/Intermediate Medal Grades
Saturday 27 October
Closing date for entries is Saturday 29 September

Piano Competitions

Evelyn Rawlins (Grades 7 and above) /Manawatu IRMT, Junior/Intermediate Medal Grades (up to Grade 7)
Sat/Sun 22/23 September
Closing date for entries is Saturday 1 September

For all inquiries about events at this branch please contact Camille Nelson at

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.

Bach to the Future – series of 3 piano workshops

We are holding a series of three piano workshops to be taken by Tony Lin, Michael Houstoun and Carol Klaus. Our experts will be instructing the students who will be performing and also giving out some useful information on the musical time periods of the music. You will gain CPD points for attending these events. You can book for a single workshop or get a discount for booking for all three. To book your place on each of the masterclasses, see this link

IRMT members – $20 per event or $50 for all 3 events in the series
Non members – $30 per event or $80 for all 3 events in the series
Workshop performers – $10
Students over 18 – $10; school age children – free

Tony Lin Piano Workshop (Grade 4-7 Level)
Sat 14 April at The Chamber at The Piano
Session 1:      1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Afternoon tea: 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 2:       3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
If you have a student who would like to perform in the Tony Lin piano workshop please contact Janey Seed (tel 03 351 7949) by 5pm on Monday 19th March.
We are looking for a range of grade levels and musical periods. 

Michael Houstoun Piano Workshop (Advanced Level)
Sun 27 May at The Chamber at The Piano
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
more details to follow

Carol Klaus Piano Workshop (Grade 1-3 Level)
Sun 12 August 1:30 pm 
more details to follow 

IRMT Christchurch Branch Recital

Saturday 30 June at 4pm
Rangi Ruru School, Merivale Lane Theatre

Otago Branch Social Evening

Sunday 18 March 2018 6 pm for 6:30 pm
Otago Golf Club, 125 Balmacewen Road (disabled parking around the back)
$15 per head depending on numbers (may be a little more if numbers are low)
Light evening meal, coffee and tea will be provided and there will be a cash bar

Fringe Festival – Ten Mozart Masterpieces

Music for Violin and Keyboard
Sydney Manowitz – violin and Donald Cullington – piano
Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 March 3pm
Knox Church
Koha appreciated

Dunedin Musical Society

Sunday 18 March at 1:30pm
Items performed by Sandra Crawshaw (piano) and the Highland Harmony Group (male barbershop group).
This will run approximately 1 hour to enable people to also attend the recital by Sydney Manowitz and Donald Cullington above

Save the Date – AGM and Professional Development Opportunity

Saturday 12 May at 2pm
Judy Bellingham will be giving a seminar to be followed by afternoon tea and the Otago Branch AGM
more details to follow