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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

2018 Upcoming Branch Events

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

Kerikeri International Piano Competition 

26 – 30 September at Turner Centre
See website for more details

IRMT Northland Branch 50th Anniversary

Save the Date – February 23rd 2019
More information to follow

Auckland Branch Events

Ludwig Treviranus & Camille Wells Seminar and Masterclasses

SUNDAY 12th August 2018 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm St Cuthbert’s College Performing Arts Centre, 122 Market Road, Epsom
Practice Suggestions for Teachers of Piano and Teachers of Woodwind Instruments
Piano Masterclass and Woodwind Masterclass
See Registration forms – Front Page and  inner page – for details
Online registration (for those preferring this method) is available at this link

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

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
25 August (non competitive festival); 24 November
Enquiries: Melody Deng  

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

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

Hibiscus Coast
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: www.creative_waikato.co.nz

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts events: www.waikato.ac.nz/academy

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

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’.

Friday 21 Sept 7.30pm – Convenor Tracy Christiansen
Sunday 9 Dec 1:30 pm – Convenor Elaine Schreiber

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 Entry Form for details

TARANAKI PERFORMING ARTS CONFERENCE 2018

16 – 18 July
Featuring a stellar line up of guests including Jian Liu, head of piano studies at NZSM, Alyssa Poole, Dr Lewis McGill, Wellington de Silva, Stewart Maunder and Christopher Luke.
All this and more for a mere $10 per 90 minute session. See website for more details.

Chamber Music New Zealand Concerts

The Klara Kollective, Mon 30 July, 7.30pm
Ensemble Zefiro, Wed 22 August,7.30pm
Piers Lane, Hiroshi Ikematsu and members of NZSQ,Tue 9 October, 7.30pm
See website for more details 

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

Adult Performers Afternoons

Saturday 10 November at 4pm at the home of Margaret Whitworth (email her for more information)

Dunedin Musical Society

19 August  at Mornington Methodist Church
$2 for adults; children free
Senior programme 2:30pm; Teenagers 3:45pm; Juniors 4pm

Southland Regional Events

Invercargill Matariki Festival

Sat 7 Jul 2018 10am – 4pm
This festival will take place on Esk Street and run from 10am-4pm with lots of performances throughout the day from kapa haka groups, local singers, to workshops on carving, weaving, poi making, musical instruments and a dark skies exhibition. There is an amazing outdoor market as well as a Stardome so you can experience the stars and the story of Matariki first hand. 
Programme available online.

New Zealand String Quartet 

Turning Points 2018 National Tour, Invercargill
Wed 22 August 7:30pm, see events page for details

Grease – the Arena Spectacular

13 Sep –  15 Sep (Thursday/Friday – 7.30pm, Saturday – 2.00pm and 7.30pm)
ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill
“The biggest musical theatre event ever staged in Invercargill” – don’t miss it! More details on events page.

NZSO Classical Hits

Sat 22 Sep 2018 7.30pm. See events page for more details

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759, ‘Unfinished’
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
GILLIAN WHITEHEAD Turanga-nui (World Premiere)
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

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.