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 - TBA
Concert Two - TBA
Concert Three - TBA
Concert Four - TBA


CYO audition packs for 2023

Come and join Christchurch's premier Youth Orchestra. Get opportunities to learn as an orchestral player, soloist, conductor, composer and content creator, in this acclaimed and prizewinning ensemble. 
Click on link for  AUDITION  requirements 

Facebook event - LINK

Christchurch and Dunedin Youth Orchestra connections to present a joint concert programme at Dunedin Town Hall on Saturday 24th September 


The 2022 Aurora Festival Gold Award and Brass Prize Awarded to the Christchurch Youth Orchestra

The Christchurch Youth Orchestra goes from strength to strength under the baton of Dr Helen Renaud, and this award reveals just how impressive and able these young performers are. 


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


Christchurch Youth Orchestra Concert  ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music
Tūtohu - Christchurch Youth Orchestra - ISCM/ACL 2022 WNMD



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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