The Rangi Sinfonia is Rangi’s senior orchestra, and is open by audition to advanced players from Years 7-13. The Sinfonia performs at various functions, including collaboration with other school orchestras, and participates in the annual Christchurch Secondary Schools’ Orchestra Festival. A large number of our players gain selection for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, which has included the position of Concertmaster. Alumini have also been soloists with this orchestra. Several girls have gained selection for the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, the NZSO National Mentoring Programme, and play professionally with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
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, and include workshops and performances with students from contributing schools. Year 7 and 8 girls often gain places in the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band.
Our Jazz Band is open to girls by audition and performs at school and community events, including the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival and ARA Jazz Quest, where many Gold, Silver, and Individual awards have been won. The award-winning Jazz Combo provides opportunities for advanced jazz musicians to further develop their skills in improvisation and ensemble playing.
Girls in both groups work with highly regarded jazz musicians in Christchurch, including Michael Lawrence, Dougal Canard and Lana Law, and further afield. Our advanced jazz musicians perform alongside semi-professional players in groups such as the Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra and All Girl Big Band, as well as in gigs in cafes, restaurants and events in Christchurch.
Rangi Voices (Years 7–10) and Resolutions (Years 11-13) are auditioned choirs directed by Helen Charlton, one of New Zealand’s most experienced choral conductors and voice teachers. Both choirs perform a wide range of repertoire at school and community events, including the New Zealand Choral Federation BIG SING competition and Voices Festival. Resolutions has recorded for TVNZ’s ‘Praise Be’, and sung with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Symphony Orchestra. Girls in both groups have gained selection for the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Choir and the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival Senior Choir.
Smaller vocal ensembles are formed according to student interest, and may include Barbershop and Jazz Ensembles. Opportunities are made available for solo work and gigs both in school and the wider community, including singing with the Jazz Band/Combo, and in Junior and Senior Productions.
Girls involved in our vocal programmes are encouraged to have singing lessons either through the Itinerant Music Programme, or outside of school.
Rock Bands work with our contemporary music specialist, writing their own material and competing in the secondary schools’ Smokefree Rockquest competition. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for live gigs, working with mentors from the music industry, 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.
New Music Programme
Girls who have a special interest in Composition and Songwriting are well supported through opportunities to work with established and recognized composers and songwriters both individually and in a workshop situation. The girls’ work often receives recognition and placings nationally in events such as the Play it Strange Songwriting Competition and the Shakespeare Composition Competition. Girls work with software such as Sibelius and Logic, and are encouraged to arrange live performances and recordings of their work.