Ensembles & Orchestras

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(spoiler: it’s free for most people)

Practicing and performing music with other people is one of the most rewarding experiences for beginner and expert musicians alike. The skills developed in ensembles are an invaluable part of our toolkit… And yet, we also understand it can be intimidating.

Included in your tuition fees at no extra cost, we have a range of ensembles to provide every student with the opportunity to meet fellow students, learn valuable skills, and develop your musicianship, in a supportive environment to help you make the most out of your musical journey. We even have beginner groups that are open to students with minimal playing experience, so no matter your skill level or age, ask us about an ensemble that suits you.

After all, music is made for sharing – so why not come share your music-making?

Where & When

Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
The University of Waikato
Gate 4, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

WCSM runs every Saturday during school week; the ensembles are at a set time, and if you will be attending one, we will endeavour to schedule your lesson around it. See the full list of dates for 2023 here.

Available opportunities

We’re always working to expand our ensemble opportunities on offer, so check with us about any other groups.

  • WCSM Sinfonia Orchestra, our flagship ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • String Orchestra
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Flute Ensemble


All ensembles are free to join for students enrolled in instrument lessons.

Ensemble only, no lessonsPer termPer two termsPer year
Child under 16 years old$80$152$288
Adult 16 and over$110$209$396