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

Inspiring Presentations
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

Reinvigorating Activities
Wake up by raising your voices in song
Learn to dance like Queen Elizabeth I

Memorable Events
The Best Conference Dinner Ever, celebrating Music and Magic
Our Dunedin Adventure to meet the longest piano in the world

Tremendous Fun
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:
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
24 November
Enquiries: Melody Deng  

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

Eastern – Old Star of the Sea, 29 Granger Road, Howick   4pm Saturdays
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
20 October (4:30 pm); 24 November (4:30 pm)
Enquiries: Gina Sanders/Fleur Chee

Hibiscus Coast
Sat 10 November at Stella Maris School Hall Silverdale
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: 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

Student Concert

Sunday 4th November – more details to follow

Christmas Lunch

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:

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

Christmas Lunch

Sunday 16th December from 12:30pm at the Tipsy Trout, 8 Mata Place, Kinloch
We’d love to have your company to catch up and wish each other a happy Christmas season
What you eat is your own expense, gluten free and dairy free is available
Please email Jenny Brown so we can get an indication of numbers (however if you decide to come at the last minute, that’s fine too!)

Adult Performers Evening 13 March 2019

The first Adult Performers Group Evening for 2019 is on Wednesday 13 March at 7:30pm at St Chad’s Centre cnr Devon and Fenton Streets
New performers are welcome; you do not need to be a Branch member.
Criteria for performers: must be at least 15 years old; items must be of a reasonable performance standard and preferably no longer than 8-9 minutes
Door entry: $3 per person, whether performing or audience support
Can performers please email Claire Mason with the following details by Sunday midday before the event: instrument; title; performer; advise accompanist or backing track; performance time

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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.

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’.
Remaining dates:
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

Manawatu Branch Events

Vocal Competitions

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

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”

Book Chat

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

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.

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 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

Sat 27 Oct 2018 7.30pm
Civic Theatre 88 Tay Street Invercargill
This is a fundraiser for The Southland Hospice.
More details on events page.