Christchurch Youth Orchestra - CYO

The CYO is the flagship ensemble of the Christchurch School of Music, made up of top young musicians aged 25 and under.

 CYO Experience 

Young people inspired through shared musical performance.

Meet the Orchestra

The Orchestra - Our Players
Conductor - Helen Renaud
Manager - Jo Vergeer

Concert programme  2022

Concert One - 21 May
Concert Two - 23 July
Concert Three - 24 September
Concert Four - 4 December


The Aurora Festival

CYO - Getting ready for the next performance The Aurora Festival

See you then! 18th August 2022, and will involve a maximum of ten orchestras.The day will be divided into two sessions - morning and afternoon; five orchestras will attend each session. Each orchestra will perform a 25 minute programme of music in the Aurora Centre Auditorium; they will then participate in a workshop, led by one of the adjudicators, in which they will work on elements identified for development in their performance.

The Festival Aims to inspire a love of orchestral music among young musicians.



Christchurch School of Music chosen to build in performing arts precinct

After years of a nomadic existence, the Christchurch School of Music (CSM) hopes to build a $15 million new facility in the city’s performing arts precinct. The school, which teaches music and runs orchestras and bands for 1100 mostly school-age students, has been chosen by the city council as its preferred occupant for one of the precinct’s last remaining sites. 

Congratulations to the winners of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest 2022 - WATPIC. An assured, generous and groovy group of percussion players from Christchurch.

We are so proud of Sho Woodhouse, Keina Rollinson, and Nicolae Didenco for this awesome achievement.

Pictured here with the adjudicators are Sho Woodhouse, Keina Rollinson, Nicolae Didenco, Dylan Blundell.

RNZ Concert



Welcome to Christchurch School of Music Showcase Concert for 2022.  We're Very Excited to Present this Online Version of a CSM Tradition.


Music has a lot of power. It can uplift your consciousness. It is a salve for all emotional wounds and is a powerful tool of connection. 

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