featuring distinguished International and leading New Zealand musicians


Proudly brought to you by The Pettman National Junior Academy of Music


Now celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the Akaroa Music Festival is New Zealand’s premiere residential international Summer music school. An array of distinguished international musicians provides lessons, masterclasses and concerts against the breathtaking backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful seaside towns.

These intensive days of music making also include solo performances, chamber music and a string orchestra, all designed to engage and inspire advanced young musicians. Students are invited to apply on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba.

If you have never experienced an extended live-in music festival, be prepared to work hard, have fun, and play better than you thought you could. Our students come from all over New Zealand, Australia and from abroad, and the friendships made here are ones that last.

Mix work with and pleasure in Akaroa, the gem at the heart of the remarkable Banks Peninsula.


Our Summer School

The masterclasses are open to University students and high school and primary school students. Students under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. At the discretion of the organisers, applicants may be asked to audition, either video or in person. Passive participation as a listener is possible.

The festival consists of masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals (chamber orchestra and ensembles) and concerts.

The solo repertoire prepared for the courses should be indicated in detail and in writing by Monday, 7th of December 2022.

All active participants will receive free entry to any public concert organised by the International Akaroa Summer Festival 2023.

There are a limited number of practice rooms available. All lessons will be at the Akaroa Area School, the Gaiety Hall or St Peter’s Church.

Covid 19
New Zealand’s borders are fully open to visitors and students. The International Akaroa Music Festival Covid policy will be based on the current NZ Ministry of Health and Covid response guidelines at the time of the festival. 

The organisers of the International Akaroa Summer Festival are not liable for accidents, damage, or loss under any circumstances.

The course fees are:

Summer School strings, piano, brass, and wind

Young string, wind, or brass

Application fee – all courses 

NZ$30 per day

Application Fee

The application fee of NZ$70 and 50% of the course fee must be paid with the application by the due date; the remainder of the course fee not later than the 16th of December 2023. In the case of unsuccessful applications, the fees will be refunded. Payment is via credit card.

Observer cards may be purchased at the festival office which is located at the Akaroa Area School during the duration of the festival.

All applications are due by Monday 31st October 2022.

Late entries are only permitted if spaces are available.

Refunds for all course fees:
100% refund if withdrawing before 31 October 2022;
50% refund if withdrawing before 30 November 2022;
25% refund before 15 December 2022;
no refund after 15 December 2022.

NB – it is recommended that participants consider taking out insurance in case you are unable to attend at the last minute.

Timetable Summer School at the International Akaroa Music Festival 

Strings, wind, brass, and piano

10.00 Lesson schedule starts/ possibility to rehearse and practice

Throughout the day – Ensemble rehearsals scheduled 

12.30 Lunch, self catering

13.00 Daily Lunchtime concert for students

14.00 Lessons and Chamber music or ensemble practice

18.00 Dinner, self catering normally, provided on 16.1 and 18.1

19.00 Concert 

Monday 16 January, 4pm
Fish and Chips (for students and staff)
on school ground in front of the Gymnasium

Wednesday 18 January, 4pm

BBQ (for students and staff)
on school ground in front of the Gymnasium


Students’ lunchtime concert competition
Part of the student concerts is a competition for the most promising young artist.
The winner will be invited to perform in the final concert on Sunday the 22nd of January at the Gaiety Hall.

If you need a piano accompaniment for the lunchtime concert series, please provide the sheet music as a PDF file by Monday, 7th of December 2022.



The Akaroa Music Festival can arrange accommodation. A selection of shared holiday homes is available on a first come first serve basis. As price differences between homes can be significant, we recommend an early booking.

Holiday home accommodation arranged by the festival will range between NZ$40 to $75 (per night/person). A deposit of $300 must be paid at the time of application. This will be refunded in the case of unsuccessful applications.

Other accommodation is available in Akaroa, i.e. Motels, Airbnb, apartments and backpacks. The festival will not be booking these but can recommend websites.

Please indicate on the application if you want the Akaroa Summer Festival to arrange accommodation.

Shuttle Service

The Akaroa Music Festival will be providing a shuttle service on Friday 13th January 2023 from Christchurch Airport, leaving at around 15.30pm and return from Akaroa to Christchurch Airport on Monday, 23rd January 2023, leaving at Akaroa Area School at 8am

The costs for the return shuttle service is $70 per person. If you wish to book the service, a 50% deposit is necessary with your application. The remainder is due no later than the 16th December 2022.

All students must book their own flights.

Flights from Australia
As flight prices fluctuate right now, it is recommended to check often before booking and, for international visitors, to also check routes via Auckland as these might be cheaper.



Timetable Young Strings, wind, and Brass

The International Akaroa Summer Music Festival is excited to be offering a series of summer masterclasses for pre-tertiary students. The classes will take place from January 11th to January 13th in Christchurch and on Saturday 21st January 2023 in Akaroa. Individual lessons, chamber music, ensemble classes and lunchtime recitals by some of NZ’s best young musicians and seasoned professionals as well as plenty of performance opportunities for the summer school students will be offered as part of a 4 day intensive and immersive experience.

Artists in residence are:

Arna Morton, violin
Edith Salzmann, cello
Anthony Ferner, flute
John Robinson, clarinet

Alex Morton, French horn

Summer School Schedule

3 x solo instrumental lessons (45 minutes each)
Daily chamber music rehearsals and coaching
Participation in masterclasses
Performance opportunities for both solo and ensemble repertoire
Supervised BYO Lunch

Course Fee: $480 (including GST

Summer School Teachers

Edith Salzmann

Germany – New Zealand

Svetlana Bogosavljevic

Serbia – Australia

Oksana Murashova Thompson

Latvia – Australia

Carla Blackwood

French Horn

Alex Morton

New Zealand
French Horn

Mark Menzies

New Zealand
Composer in Residence 

Anthony Ferner

New Zealand

Josephine Vains


Ramón Jaffé

Latvia – Germany

Mark Bennett

New Zealand
Viola & Violin 

Tim Buzbee

USA – Australia

Michael Endres

Germany – New Zealand

Curt Thompson

USA – Australia

David Griffiths


John Robinson

New Zealand

Don Immel

USA – Australia

Odette Creanga-Kurth

Romania – Australia

Arna Morton

New Zealand

Joel Brennan

USA – Australia

Rosie Turner



The 2023 International Akaroa Music Festival will feature an array of distinguished International and leading New Zealand musicians.

The concert program is currently being finalised. Please check back soon for further details.


Wolfgang Kraemer


Edith Salzmann

Artistic Director

With thanks to our generous sponsors

 Maureen Pettman and The Pettman Foundation

 Mulberry House Akaroa 

St Peter’s Church Akaroa

Jardin Musical Trust

COVID: Times being what they are, the Akaroa Festival tickets are. Unfortunately only available to fully vaccinated customers this year. Please bring proof of vaccination when purchasing your tickets.

The International Akaroa Music Festival:

Phone: (+64) 021 20 20 180

The International Akaroa Music Festival
PO Box 65354, Mairangi Bay,
Auckland 0754, NEW ZEALAND

Wolfgang Kraemer

Artistic Director
Edith Salzmann