NCMA Groups

Performance is central to music education at NCMA. Why not join one of our groups.

All students taking part in our groups or classes need to be enrolled with us. Please visit our enrolment page for more information.

Nelson Guitar Orchestra

Instruments: Guitar

The orchestra is for classical guitar, around grade 3 level. Miles provides the music, adapting parts to suit individual abilities. An exciting range of music is offered, including classical, Latin and contemporary.  

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NCMA Youth Jazz Orchestra in association with the Nelson Jazz Club

Instruments: Double Bass, Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet

Our NCMA Youth Jazz Orchestra in association with the Nelson Jazz Club, gets together on Mondays as part of the NCMA Jazz Pathway. It is an 18-piece big band for players under 19 years old.  

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Beginner Youth Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Woodwind

By popular demand, we have created yet another youth orchestra! Our Beginner Youth Orchestra caters for children just starting on their music journey who have begun to learn an instrument and who can read basic music. Perfect for students in the Free Beginner Classes and basic Affordable Group Classes.  

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Schola Musica Chamber Orchestra

Instruments: Cello, Viola, Violin

Schola Musica is a wonderful opportunity for young string players to experience ensemble playing in a group that includes both students and teachers. This performance group is one of NCMA’s showpiece groups.  

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Senior Youth Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind

Our Senior Youth Orchestra is the next step up from our Intermediate Orchestra, mainly targeting secondary school students. Music is arranged to suit all levels and instruments from grade 3 to grade 6. No auditions required!        

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Junior Youth Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind

Our Junior Youth Orchestra is a fun orchestra for primary & intermediate children with music arranged to suit all levels and instruments from beginners to grade 3. No auditions!  

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Pre-Schola Elementary String Ensemble

Instruments: Violin

Pre-Schola is a beginner violin ensemble for children up to 11 years of age. Classes are fun and supportive.

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Greenhill Community Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind

NCMA’s Greenhill Community Orchestra is a friendly community orchestra for musicians who enjoy playing together and preparing for public performances. Lovely variety of music and all instruments are welcome, particularly brass!  

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NCMA Chamber Orchestra

Instruments: Cello, Double Bass, Strings, Viola, Violin

Our chamber orchestra offers an opportunity for advanced players to perform as a group. Membership by invitation.    

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Adult Beginner Orchestra

Instruments: Brass, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Woodwind

The Adult Beginner Orchestra is a relaxed and fun daytime orchestra for beginner adults. All instruments welcome.    

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