There are numerous opportunities for solo and group performances and live recording for all girls who are involved in any aspect of the music programme at Rangi. The groups and ensembles below are an example of what is available to girls. Other groups are formed as interest and demand dictates, and may vary from year to year.
Resolutions is Rangi’s auditioned senior choir for girls in Years 11-13. This award winning group has competed many times in the National Choral Federation BIG SING Finale, winning Silver and Bronze awards. The choir has performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and in other concerts in Christchurch, and has recorded for TVNZ ‘Praise Be’.
Rangi Voices is an auditioned group of Year 7-10 girls that participates in the BIG SING competition and Voices Festival, as well as performing at school and community events.
Other Vocal Ensembles such as Jazz and Barbershop Ensembles may be available for those interested.
The Rangi Sinfonia is Rangi’s senior orchestra and is open by audition to advanced players from all year levels. The Sinfonia performs at various functions and participates in the annual Christchurch Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Festival. Advanced Sinfonia players often gain selection for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
The Jazz Band is open to girls by audition and performs at a number of school and community events. For many years the band has competed in the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival and ARA Jazz Quest, winning both Gold and Silver awards in addition to a number of individual awards. The Jazz Combo provides opportunities for advanced jazz musicians to further develop their skills in improvisation and ensemble playing, and has also won several Gold and Silver awards including Best Jazz Combo at the 2016 NZSM Jazz Project in Wellington.
Chamber Music groups, including percussion and saxophone ensembles, participate in the NZCT Chamber Music Competition, often receiving regional finals placings and awards. In recent years groups have been selected as national finalists, receiving Gold and Silver awards in addition to the prestigious national KBB Award.
Rock Bands often write their own material and compete in the secondary schools’ Smokefree Rockquest competition, as well as having opportunities for live gigs and recording in professional recording studios. The Junior Band Programme is aimed at girls particularly in Year 9 as an introduction to the skills of performing in a band, in preparation for taking part in Smokefree Rockquest and other events in subsequent years.
Rangi Players is a training ensemble for instrumentalists to prepare for audition for the Rangi Sinfonia and/or Jazz Band. Performances are school and community based.
Girls who have a special interest in Composition and Songwriting are well supported, with their work often receiving recognition and placings nationally in events such as the Play it Strange Songwriting Competition and the Shakespeare Composition Competition.
Download the 2019 Music, Speech and Drama Information Sheet on the Forms page for full details on lessons.
Find out more about the Year 7 and 8 Music Tuition Award conditions 2019 on the Forms page.