Melodies of Success: College’s Talented Musicians Take the Stage in National Programs

March 13, 2023 at 4:46 PM

Over the summer break, Saint Kentigern College had some of its talented students selected to participate in regional and national music groups. These high achievers have shown exceptional musical talent and were chosen to participate in prestigious music programs nationwide.

 The APO Summer School Orchestra is one such program that has been an incredible opportunity for these students to learn and grow under the mentorship of some of the best musicians from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The five-day training program was intense and rigorous. Still, the finale concert showcased the hard work and dedication of the participants. Two of our very own students, Liam Zhao on flute and Lawrence Liu on bassoon, were selected to be a part of this great program, with their musical giftings on full display in their final performance.

The National Youth Symphonic Winds (NYSW) is another program that has been a powerful platform for some of our students to showcase their musical talent. NYSW is the premiere youth concert band in Aotearoa and is part of NZCBA’s National Bands Programme. Saint Kentigern College was delightful to have six students, Grace Gao on flute, Imogen Perry on clarinet, Isaac Waldin and Lawrence Liu on saxophone, Raymond Wang on the horn, and Daniel Qin on percussion selected to participate in this prestigious program. The ensemble combines the best secondary school wind, brass, and percussion students nationwide and allows them to collaborate and develop their skills under the guidance of some of the music industry’s leading educators and performers.

Off the back of these summer programs, we had several students successful in auditions for the following orchestras and symphony groups:

2023/24 New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds

Terrence Liu – Trumpet

Lawrence Liu – Tenor Sax

Samuel Huo- Trumpet

Jayden Tee- Trombone

Mia Li – Clarinet

Imogen Perry – Clarinet

Thomas Davies – Trumpet

Daniel Qin – Percussion

Isaac Waldin – Alto Sax

Michael Wang – Trombone


2023 NZSO Young Artists Showcase

Jason Wong- Percussion


2023 APO Summer School Orchestra

Liam Zhao – Flute

Lawrence Liu – Bassoon


2023 Auckland Youth Orchestra

Brendon Tsoi – Cello

Raymond Wang – Horn

Jason Wong – Percussion

Charles Sang – Piano


2023 NZ Secondary School Symphony Orchestra

Brendon Tsoi – Cello

Amy Chen – Violin


Participating in these programs is an outstanding achievement for these talented students and a testament to their dedication to music. The college takes immense pride in nurturing their musical abilities and providing them with the support and resources to reach their full potential. The success of these students reflects the excellent music program headed by Miss Mary Lin that Saint Kentigern College has to offer.

We look forward to seeing these students continue to excel as they perform in some of the upcoming school events for our community to enjoy.

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