Music groups

St Paul’s Collegiate School has a number of music groups that cater for a range of musical abilities and interests.

These groups include:

  • Choir
  • Big Band
  • Concert Band
  • Student-led rock bands
  • String ensemble


St Paul’s choir consists of 35 members across all year groups (Years 9-13). The auditioned group has a long-standing reputation for quality performance and presentation. The choir leads music during the week and at Sunday evening services in the school’s chapel. Students also regularly compete in the New Zealand Federation Big Sing competition.

Big Band

Students who are interested in jazz, and who are grade three standard or more in their chosen instrument, are encouraged to join St Paul’s Big Band. Instruments include trumpet, trombone, clarinet, alto and baritone saxophone, piano, guitar and bass. There are opportunities for less experienced students to work towards performing in a beginner jazz band. The Big Band regulary perfoms at the Tauranga Jazz Festival, Hawke’s Bay Festival, ITM Music Festival and the annual St Paul’s Good Vibrations concert.

Concert Band

St Paul’s Concert Band is open to all brass, woodwind and percussion students. The Concert Band regularly performs at the Hawke’s Bay Festival, ITM Festival and the annual St Paul’s Good Vibrations concert.