ASQ International Music Academy 2022

...This was a most engaging performance, full of vitality, expressive intensity and a great commitment to the music, ensuring that the evening was a real joy for the audience throughout....
(Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard)

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 encouraged - please contact us if you need assistance in putting a group together. Participants not in an existing group will be organised into ensembles for coaching. Music will be sent out in advance.

Applicants who are unable to attend the full course can apply for one of the two short courses, either from 11 to 13 July or 14 to 16 July.

The Academy will operate within Government guidelines for Covid-19. 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.

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
Tom McGrath (Teaching Fellow in Accompaniment, University of Otago) - Piano

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 2021 Academy: the e-flyer, the brochure, the application form and the 2021 timetable.

The flyer, brochure and application form for the 2022 Academy will be posted on this website within the next few weeks.

Follow the links to watch videos of the string ensemble and cello choir at the 2020 ASQ International Music Academy play works by Boyce, Goltermann/Gilkison and Vaughan Williams.