ASQ International Music Academy 2021

...One of the nation’s musical treasures....
(Louis Pierard, The Hook review website)

ASQ international Music Academy 2021 - 12-17 July

The seventh ASQ International Music Academy will take place in Wellington from Mon 12 until Saturday 17 July 2021.

The 2021 Academy is situated at St Andrew's on The Terrace and will begin on Monday 12 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 17 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 VII. 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.

Applicants who are unable to attend the full course can apply for one of the two short courses, either from 12 to 14 July or 15 to 17 July.

The Academy will operate within Government guidelines for Covid-19. If the official Covid alert levels 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 28 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.

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.