NZCT Chamber Music Contest

Papricca - 2015 People's Choice Award winners

Entries for 2016 have now closed.

The Contest is the perfect opportunity to encourage young musicians, regardless of standard or experience, to compose and to perform chamber music and strive towards excellence. It also aims to provide an opportunity for musical activities within schools to have a link with the wider community at a local, regional and national level. This iconic musical event is held annually throughout the country in June and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. We’re looking forward to another 50 years of inspiring youth music-making and to celebrate the fantastic musicians and composers that have launched their careers through the Contest.

If you have entered the Contest this year, make sure the following important dates are in your calendars:


Northland (held in Whangarei)
Tuesday 7 June

Waikato (held in Hamilton)
Tuesday 7 June

Wednesday 8 – Sunday 12 June

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Bay of Plenty (held in Tauranga)
Wednesday 15 June

Taranaki (held in New Plymouth)
Friday 17 June

Manawatu (held in Palmerston North)
Thursday 9 June

Friday 10 June

Sunday 12 June

Hawke's Bay (held in Napier)
Monday 13 - Tuesday 14 June

East Coast (held in Gisborne)
Thursday 16 June

Nelson/Marlborough (held in Nelson)
Tuesday 7 June

Southland (held in Invercargill)
Thursday 9 June

Otago (held in Dunedin)
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 June

South Canterbury (held in Timaru)
Monday 13 June

Canterbury (held in Christchurch)
Wednesday 15 – Friday 17 June


Northern Regional Final:
Auckland: Sunday 26 June
(for groups from Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Taranaki)

Central Regional Final:
Napier: Sunday 26 June
(for groups from East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Whanganui, and Wellington)

Southern Regional Final:
Christchurch: Saturday 25 June
(for groups from Nelson/Marlborough, Christchurch, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland)

In order to be considered for the National Finals all groups selected for their respective Regional Final rounds must attend and perform in the round.


Only groups who perform in the Regional Finals (either Northern, Central or Southern) will be eligible for selection into the National Semi Final and National Final rounds.

National Semi Finals: Friday 5 August
National Final: Saturday 6 August


While correct at time of publishing, District Round and Regional Final dates are subject to change at the discretion of Chamber Music New Zealand. Session times and venue locations will be confirmed with participants once entries have closed.