Music Education Wellington runs We Can Sing! and WOF (Wellington Orchestra Festival) and hosts a range of professional development opportunities for music educators.

Wellington Orchestra Festival 2021 – POSTPONED

Venue – Scots College

Date – TBC

Organiser – Mary Horner – mhorner@sbc.school.nz

A day of orchestral rehearsal and performance led by arranger and conductor, Richard Oswin, for senior primary, intermediate and secondary students who learn an instrument.

This is an ideal opportunity for students who practice mostly on their own to join other students and make music in one big ensemble. The technical difficulty of the music is suitable for students in their second or third year of practice and while it is an orchestra, there are kit, guitar, keyboard, and bass parts too. Students can work on their parts with instrumental tutors to attend on the day, nearly prepared to play up to 6 pieces. Schools might achieve an ensemble of instruments who can play together but this is not essential.

The day begins with a massed rehearsal and sectionals and finishes with a concert of the 6 pieces. Repertoire ranges from the Baroque to modern pop/rock music.

Contact Mary Horner if you have any questions. We’d love to increase the range of schools with students participating in this event. It’s a fine-tuned machine now, ready to welcome new teachers and student musicians.

Click here to register.

Past Events:

Professional Development: Creating Taonga Puoro in the Classroom

Taonga Puoro allows our students to think about their Hauora and Mauri and gives the opportunity to make musical instruments in our classrooms. In this Professional Development opportunity, we will focus on how we can make music more inclusive and allow our classrooms to resonate towards Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Registration Details and Additional Information

Secondary School Teachers Hui

Meeting for all educators to discuss all things music in the Secondary level educators.

4 pm, 11th February 2021 at Newlands College

Rsvp: blau@newlands.school.nz


(WeBO) Wellington Band and Orchestral Festival

Venue – Wellington College

Date – August 19-21 in Wellington

Organiser – Darren Smith – education@musicworks.co.nz

We are very excited to announce the recommencement of WeBO (Band and Orchestral Festival of Aotearoa) in Wellington August 2021.

Over the years WeBO has grown into a truly national festival with ensembles attending from the length of New Zealand

Registrations are open now.


Menza Wellington Contacts

Ben Lau

Ben Lau

MENZA Deputy-Chair


Mary Horner (past MENZA Board Member)

Mary Horner (past MENZA Board Member)

Contact for: We Can Sing! and WOF (Wellington Orchestra Festival)



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October 20 | October 24

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