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The Chamber Music Excellence Program provides opportunities for gifted string, woodwind and brass players to work with high profile tutors and coaches in order to finely hone their instrument and ensemble skills.

Membership in the Chamber Music Excellence Program is by invitation and audition. Rehearsal times vary depending on the ensemble, performance commitments and academic timetable.

Director and Head of Strings at Saint Stephen’s College: Mr Samuel Konise

Samuel Konise is originally from New Zealand, where he is a National Recording Artist. From a young age, Sam stood out as a talented violinist. Among his early awards were the AGC “Young Achievers Award’ and Alex Lindsay Award ‘Outstanding String Player’ as voted by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra players. He went on to complete his tertiary studies at the Schola Musica, University of Canterbury and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Sam is the Founder and Advisor for Hamilton Community Gospel Choir, the Creator and Advisor for the Pacific Promise Concert and was a Management Consultant and Entertainment Advisor for the Tiger Woods Gala, New Zealand.

At the University of Waikato, Sam was the Head of the Performance Program and Leader of the Turnovsky Trio (named after the late Honourable Fred Turnovsky, founder of Chamber Music New Zealand, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Opera Company).

To find out more about the Chamber Music Excellence Program please contact us