Performing Arts

Queen Margaret College encourages all girls to be involved in the Performing Arts, not only as a creative outlet but also to enhance their learning and social development.

As part of the curriculum at Queen Margaret College, we offer Music and Drama. We have a purpose built music suite including a main teaching classroom, an excellent performance space and a number of tuition rooms. We also have two well equipped Drama classrooms. Our staff are widely experienced as both performers and teachers.

There is a wide range of extra-curricular Performing Arts opportunities available to students including:

  • Major Productions (biennial)
  • House Performing Arts
  • The Queen Margaret Chorale, our premier choir
  • A Choired Taste, our student-led choir
  • Other choirs including Celesta, Cherubim, the Tui Singers and our adult choir, the Queens Singers
  • Instrumental ensembles including the Queen Margaret Orchestra, Honours Band, Banditas Band, Stringendos string ensemble and Chamber Music
  • An instrumental programme for all girls in Year 3-6
  • Te  Whānau o Kuini Makareta, our Pasifika performance group
  •  Drama Productions
  • SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
  • Primary Shakespeare Performance
  • Specialist lessons in instrumental music, singing, Speech and Drama

Our students regularly compete, perform and excel at regional and national levels. Successes in recent years have included:

  • Big Sing Regional Awards and National Finales
  • National composing competitions
  • National finale of the Chamber Music competition
  • National champions and runner up in the Barbershop Finals, as well as third place internationally
  • Students selected for National Youth orchestra and Secondary Schools choir
  • NZ scholarships in Music and Drama
  • Regional and National awards in the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, as well as students selected for the Young Shakespeare Company travelling to the Globe Theatre