Join the CSM Dawn Chorus!

$5,520 donated
Given by 3 generous donors in one year

Support us in building our nest as we continue to nurture and inspire learners of music of all ages.


Like our Christchurch School of Music musicians, New Zealand’s dawn-chorus birds make beautiful music, with quirky rhythms and lovely melodies.

Now you can join the CSM Dawn Chorus and help us to fill the air with music!

Support us in building our nest as we continue to nurture and inspire our learners of all ages.

As a member of the CSM Dawn Chorus you will become part of our family, and will be acknowledged on our website and in our programmes. You will hear about our concerts, events and get updates on our students and our achievements.

Your generous gift will empower musicians from all backgrounds to experience the joy of music making, learn teamwork, and gain self-confidence and a life-long love of music

Your gift to CSM will:

• Enable us to provide financial assistance to families who would otherwise be unable to learn music.

• Support us to facilitate professional development to our tutors to ensure we continue to provide tuition and ensemble direction of the highest standard.

• Purchase music to ensure our ensembles can continue to rehearse and perform a wide range of repertoire.

• Enable us to provide programmes, both regular and one-off that respond to the needs of the local community.

The Christchurch School of Music Dawn Chorus - which native bird will you become?

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• Tui – Donation of $3000+

Tui are known for their loud and complex mix of tuneful notes interspersed with clicks and creaks. They have a wide range of vocalisations and will also sing at night, especially when there’s a full moon.

REWARD: Four free tickets to all UC CYO concerts in 2020, and 1xA3 Tui Fine Art Print*

• Korimako (Bellbird) – Donation of $1,500+

Captain Cook described the korimako’s song as “like small bells exquisitely tuned.” They have three distinct sounds that vary from one place to another. The famous bell notes are only heard when many birds are present at once, mostly at dawn and dusk.

REWARD: Two free tickets to all UC CYO concerts in 2020, and 1xA3 Korimako Fine Art Print*

• Kokako – Donation of $1000+

Kokako have a beautiful, clear organ-like song that can carry for kilometres. Pairs will often sing together in a bell-like duet for up to an hour in the morning.

REWARD: Two free tickets to three UC CYO concerts in 2020 of your choice, and 1xA4 Kokako Fine Art Print*

• Piwakawaka (Fantail) – Donation of $500+

The piwakawaka’s unique song has been described as a friendly cheet-cheet call of regular rhythm and high pitch. It can be heard year-round, except when it is particularly cold.

REWARD: Two free tickets to two UC CYO concerts in 2020 of your choice, and 1xA4 Piwakawaka Fine Art Print*

• Ruru (Morepork)- Donation of $100+

The ruru is known for its haunting melancholic call, one of the most familiar sounds in our night forests. Its distinctive call is often heard in the forest at dusk and throughout the night.

REWARD: Two free tickets to one UC CYO concert of your choice in 2020, 1xA4 Ruru Fine Art Print*

*Please note: Prints do not come framed.

About us

The Christchurch School of Music is an iconic Christchurch organisation that has been offering high quality, affordable music tuition, ensemble experiences and performance opportunities to Canterbury students, both young and young at heart for 60 years.

Use of funds

• Provide financial assistance to certain families

• Facilitate professional development to our tutors

• Purchasing of musical repertoire for our ensembles

• Provide programmesthat respond to the needs of the local community.

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 15 Sep 2019
Bronwyn Bijl
Bronwyn Bijl on 14 Mar 2019
Love the concept of being part of the dawn chorus, helping provide opportunities to learn music.
Celia on 30 Jan 2019

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This campaign started on 30 Jan 2019 and ended on 30 Jan 2020.