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ASQ international Music Academy 2022 - 11-16 July

The eighth ASQ International Music Academy will take place in Wellington from Monday 11 until Saturday 16 July 2022.

The 2022 Academy is situated at St Andrew's on The Terrace and will begin on Monday 11 July at 9:30am. Each day, participants will be busy with chamber music coaching and rehearsals taken by members of the Aroha String Quartet. Guest tutors will direct ensembles and classes in technique and musicianship.

The ASQ International Music Academy will culminate in a Gala Concert in St Andrew's on the evening of Saturday 16 July

The timetable includes time to practise, to relax and socialise with other participants. In the evenings, there will be time for informal concerts, workshops, and a sight-reading soiree, as well as other social events.

The ASQ International Music Academy is ideally suited to string players with a minimum standard of Grade VI and pianists with a minimum standard of Grade VIII. Pre-formed chamber ensembles are welcome to apply. Participants not in an existing group will be organised into ensembles for coaching. Music will be sent out in advance.

Our guest tutors will be:

Donald Armstrong (NZSO Associate Concertmaster) - Violin & string orchestra conductor
David Chickering (NZSO Section Principal Emeritus) - Cello
Sasha Gunchenko (NZSO) - Double Bass
Ursula Evans (NZSO) - Violin
Belinda Veitch (NZSO) - Viola

Changes to the arrangements for the 2022 Academy to take account of the Covid Omicron outbreak include:

There is no half-week option for the 2022 Academy. Applicants must apply for full six days.
- Participant numbers will be capped at around 40.
- Only larger rehearsal and performance spaces will be used.
- Contingency plans will be put in place to ensure that chamber groups can continue to rehearse and perform if one or more of their members are unable to attend due to Covid.
- If the official Covid traffic light settings mean that the Academy must be cancelled, a full refund of any fees paid (including the deposit) will be made.
- Social distancing, QR code scanning, vaccine passes and mask wearing will be required in accordance with Government regulations.

For further information, please contact: Cathie McCallum, ASQ International Music Academy Administrator,

Applications close on Sunday 27 March.

Click on the links to download the documents for the 2022 Academy: the e-flyer, the brochure, and the application form and the 2022 timetable.

Follow the links to watch videos of the string ensemble at the 2021 ASQ International Music Academy play works by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens.