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.
2019 Conference – Register Now!
Southern Themes and Variations
21-25 January 2019
St Margaret’s College, Otago University, Dunedin
Special guest presenters:
Jeanell Carrigan (piano) from Sydney and Bridget Douglas (flute) from Wellington
Plus a feast of presentations on diverse topics vital to good teaching
Wake up by raising your voices in song
Learn to dance like Queen Elizabeth I
The Best Conference Dinner Ever, celebrating Music and Magic
Our Dunedin Adventure to meet the longest piano in the world
Meet old friends and colleagues and make new ones
Check out the linked holiday package on the conference website.
Hosted by the Otago Branch in association with IRMTNZ Council
Refer to this Conference Flyer for details. For queries and further information, email
Conference Website: www.ivvy.com.au/event/IRMT19
Early bird $240 if paid by 16 November
4 nights’ accommodation including meals $450
Northland Branch Events
IRMT Northland Branch 50th Anniversary – save the date
February 9th 2019
11am: Luncheon at Distinction Hotel
3pm: Free Concert at Capitaine Bougainville Theatre, Forum North. We are proud to showcase wonderful performers for this special concert. The programme will include many piano duets, various vocal and instrumental items.
Soiree – Annual Student Concert
Saturday 17 November at Cafler Suite, Forum North
Door charge: adults $5, children free
This is a formal concert. Music items are played by performers selected at Mini-Recitals and the highest mark holders in music examinations this year. Trophies and Scholarships will be awarded. The guest artist is Brioso Corde, WYM. A light supper will be served at the end.
St Cecilia Day Celebration: 22 November
Adult performers – please come and play for St Cecilia Day celebration on Thursday 22 November 7pm at Carol Martin’s home.
RSVP to Carol Martin and please bring a plate of finger food to share.
Christmas and Beginners Concert
Sunday 2 December 2pm, Cafler Suite, Forum North
Door charge: adults $5, children free
Entries to by 26th November
Other Concerts in Northland
Whangarei Youth Music End of Year Concert – Tuesday 27 November at Forum North
Whangarei Choral Society Concert at the Old Library – Sunday 9 December 2 or 3pm
WYM Brioso Corde Concerts
Saturday 15 December 3pm – at St John Church
Sunday 16 December 3pm at Theatre Bar – at Turner Centre, Kerikeri
Auckland Branch Events
IRMT Auckland Branch Lunch
Sunday 25 November at Wellingtons Restaurant, Waipuna Hotel
58 Waipuna Road, Mount Wellington. Plenty of public parking available on-site
Meet at 12 noon to be seated. A buffet lunch will be served. Open to husbands, wives, partners, friends as on previous occasions
Cost is $33 per head (senior citizens $29.50)
RSVP to branch secretary with payment by Friday 19 October. Limit of 40 reservations
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
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 – Old Star of the Sea, 29 Granger Road, Howick 4pm Saturdays
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
20 October (4:30 pm); 24 November (4:30 pm)
Enquiries: Gina Sanders/Fleur Chee
Sat 10 November at Stella Maris School Hall Silverdale
Enquiries: Louise Lamb 09 427 5212 or
Waikato Branch Events
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: Thursday 11 October at 10am – RSVP rquired for catering – or 021 796 240. Bring your Health and Safety Policy or any other items for general discussion.
Adults Music Performance Evening
Tuesday 30th October 7:30pm at Judy Utting’s home
Contact Judy Utting for details – entries to Judy by Friday 26th October
Sunday 4th November – more details to follow
7th December at Hamilton Gardens
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: www.creative_waikato.co.nz
Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts events: www.waikato.ac.nz/academy
Bay of Plenty Branch 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
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
Rotorua & Taupo Branch
Adult Performers Evenings
Remaining dates for 2018: 14th November
St Chad’s Communication Centre, corner Devon and Fenton Streets, commencing at 7:30pm (no entry to building before 7:15)
New performers are welcome, you do not need to be a branch member.
The only criteria is that performers are at least 15 years old and that items are a reasonable performance standard and no longer than 8-9 minutes.
Door entry $3 per person whether performing or audience support
Contact convenor with your items by Sunday midday before the event
Sunday 25 November at 2pm St Luke’s Church Rotorua
To be eligible, students should have reached an acceptable level for public performance and enter one item each. Duets and ensemble items welcome.
Closing date for entries to be advised.
Ludwig Treviranus Concert and Masterclass
Sunday 9 December at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Taupo
Renowned concert pianist and sought-after teacher Ludwig Treviranus gained a Doctorate of Music from Florida State University and has been successful in many competitions including the Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis 2009. He has given recitals in the Pacific Islands, USA, Australia and New Zealand and is also highly regarded as an adjudicator and accompanist. He currently teaches at the Albany School of Music on Auckland’s North Shore.
The concert will be followed by a Masterclass at Vivienne and Jeffrey Sand’s home later in the afternoon. The masterclass is intended for advanced students with a maximum of 6 participants.
Observers welcome. For more details contact Vivienne Sands at (07) 378 0272
Hawkes Bay Branch
Hastings Music Society Concerts
Sunday 14 October at 2pm and Sunday 11 November at 2pm
St Matthew’s Anglican Church, 200 King Street South, Hastings
General admission $3 door sales only
For more details see website
Havelock North High School Sleeping Giant Showcase
Wednesday 24 October at 7pm
MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herchell Street, Napier
Original live performances by year 11-13 musicianship students, a night of music not to be missed!
General admission $10. Buy tickets from (06) 877 8129
Rhythm and Vines 2018
Saturday 29 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019
Waiohika Estate Vineyard, 75 Waimata Valley Road, Gisborne
A three day international music festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand on Dec 29-31 each year. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best New Year’s destinations, 20,000 people from around the world will again be travelling to the eastern-most point of Aotearoa New Zealand to farewell 2018 and welcome in the first sunrise of 2019.
More details on the website
Gisborne sub Branch Events
Gisborne Comps 100 Year Anniversary
The Gisborne Comps celebrates 100 years this year, and we’re keen to make a splash!
The competitions begin on Friday 28 September, and the Music section begins on Saturday 29th.
The adjudicator is Hawkes Bay musician Susan Melville and the competition will be held in St Andrew’s Church (the syllabus has music adjudicator and venue listed incorrectly).
The Music Syllabus starts on page 20 of the 36 pages, though the Society’s rules, plus PACANZ entry 2019 (yes, next year because our comps are too late in the year to be accommodated in this year’s competition) are on Pages 1-9.
Taranaki Branch Events
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Electronic Media with David Codd – date TBC
Further details to be advised
Taranaki Branch Student Recitals
All recitals are held at St Andrew’s on Liardet, New Plymouth.
Entry is by gold coin donation – performers free and go in the draw to win the day’s ‘Lucky Draw’.
Sunday 9 Dec 1:30 pm – Convenor
Young Musician of the Year Award
28 October 7pm
4th Wall Theatre, Baring Terrace, New Plymouth
With adjudicator Rosemary Bromley
This is our gala event of the year and with 9 contestants, promises to be an entertaining and enjoyable evening.
Chamber Music New Zealand Concerts
Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu and members of NZSQ,Tue 9 October, 7.30pm
See website for more details
Upcoming Events at 4th Wall Theatre, 11 Baring Terrace New Plymouth
The Gothenburg Combo Sun 30 Sep 7:30pm – this Swedish guitar duo is incredibly versatile and their concert will include their tribute to ABBA and Michael Jackson
Aroha String Quartet presents Light and Dark Sun 7 Oct 3pm – this programme will “take you on an emotional journey exploring a wide range of moods and soundscapes”. Special offer teacher plus 6 stfdets
Muriel May Instrumental Scholarship
Wednesday 12 December
Maximum value: $10,000 per scholarship
For applicants up to age 21 years of age as at 31 December 2018. Applications must be received by 30 September 2018.
For information please contact Susan Case
Flamenco & Classical Guitar Festival
13-19 January 2019 at the newly-reopened Nelson Centre for Music Arts.
Further details and enrolments at www.ncma.nz
Manawatu Branch Events
Senior, Intermediate, Junior Medal Grades
Saturday 27 October
Closing date for entries is Saturday 29 September
Regent on Broadway Celebrating 20 Years
Saturday 27 October: IRMT member Hannah Fang, violin, and Friends
Saturday 10 November: “hymn of Adam and Eve” (Arnold) and Part Three of Haydn’s Creation, Renaissance Singers, Whanganui Schola Sacra, coloratura soprano Pasquale Orchard
Book through TicketDirect 0800 224 224 or www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Globe Sunday Matinee Performances
All at 2:30pm. Admission by donation (recommended minimum donation $5)
28 October – Duo Tapas (guitar duo)
25 November – Ludwig Treviranus (piano)
St Andrews in the City 2018 Series
Free concerts, donations invited
Organ Power Series at Palmerston North Central Baptist Church 12 December 12:15 pm “Joy to the World”
Wellington Branch Events
Thursday 22 November at Barbara Campbell’s house starting at 7:45pm with something to drink and something yummy to eat.
Contact Camille to RSVP.
In September, several members came together to continue discussing the material contained in Searches for Tradition: Essays on New Zealand Music, Past & Present published by Victoria University Press, 2017. We were fortunate to have the editors of this ground-breaking book with us, Michael Brown and Samantha Owens. We have decided to round off the year by focusing on one further essay in the book. Jenny Wollerman, Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Victoria University, and esteemed soloist, contributed to the book Shaping Traditions of Vocality: The Lyrical Legacy of Kiri Te Kanawa. Jenny has agreed to come along and speak about her essay, and about further research she is
undertaking into singing techniques, and the truly international impact Kiri’s sound and technique has had. This is a unique opportunity to be with someone with special insight into the process of singing. This will be a chance to ask questions, and to listen to and compare a variety of singers.
End of Year Concert and Dinner
Sunday 9 December at 4pm
Bob Scott Retirement Village, 25 Graham Street, Petone
Followed by dinner at Queen on Jackson from 5pm $35 per head
Contact for more information
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.
Christchurch Branch Events
IRMT Student Recital
Saturday 27th October 4pm, Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls School $5 per family
If you have students who would like to perform, please contact by 22nd October with their name, age and approximate level; and timing for the piece
Mature Students Concert
Sunday 25th November 2:30 pm at Trinity Room at The Piano
$5 for performers payable at the door, which includes afternoon tea at the end of the concert.
An opportunity for your adult learners to perform to a friendly and supportive audience.
Items to be submitted to Janey Seed by Monday November 19th.
IRMT Christchurch Branch Christmas Lunch
Sunday 2nd December 12:30pm at Chateau on the Park
Cost is $32 for 2 courses and you can pay at the venue.
RSVP to Diane Angus by 19th November
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
National Concerto Competition
The 2018/19 National Concerto Competition is an instrumental competition. Entries close Friday 12th October, late entries are accepted until 19th October with additional fee of $10
For more information, see Music Canterbury’s website.
Events at The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts
156 Armagh Street, Christchurch
See Events Calendar
Otago Branch Events
Otago Branch Christmas Luncheon
Sunday 25 November at 12 noon
1908 Cafe, 7 Harrington Point Road, Portobello
$40 per person
Otago Branch Composition Competition Results
Judging is currently underway and to announce the results, a special afternoon will be held.
Sunday 18 November at 3pm at Mornington Methodist Church, corner Galloway and Whitby Streets, Dunedin
Following the presentations afternoon tea will be served
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 Regional Events
The Last Night of the Proms
Civic Theatre 88 Tay Street Invercargill
This is a fundraiser for The Southland Hospice.