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  2023

Concert One - 13th May
Concert Two - 29th July
Concert Three - 2nd December


Come join us in 2024!!!! 

Auditions "2024"

We're so proud of our Youth Orchestra and Youth Concert Band who both received platinum awards at the recent Music Works Ensemble Festival Aotearoa (MEFA) in Wellington. 

Such a great result.

Music Works Festival


Congratulations on a 2023 Gold Award and the Percussion Prize - Christchurch Youth Wind Orchestra



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. 


          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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