NZOA Extravorganza  will be held in Whanganui and Hawera from 31 May -3 June 2019

View: Information & advertising flyer – Extravorganza 2019 (PDF)

Enrol now for the NZOA Extravorganza by downloading and filling out the registration form or contact Noel Harris (Registrar) phone 06 357 6344

Each year, traditionally in the first weekend in June (Queen’s Birthday)  organ music enthusiasts from around New Zealand, and some from overseas, meet  for a festival of concerts, workshops, hands-on playing and general camaraderie.

Whanganui has never been a Congress centre before: it is off the beaten track, has many smaller organs, some seldom used, but has a host of musicians of international standing who have made Whanganui city their home. Also featured will be the Whanganui Schola Sacra Choir with new conductor Iain Tetley who has recently moved from Auckland and a host of talented young musicians organised by Ingrid Culliford. There will not be the glamour of large organs in town halls and cathedrals but here a chance to explore the treasures in nooks and crannies of our provinces. Did you realise that there are 11 pipe organs in Whanganui alone?

Two recitalists will be featured. Tom Chatterton from Wellington, Head of Music at Chilton St James School, Lower Hutt and organist at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington,  will give the Congress recital on Saturday afternoon and judge the organ playing competition on Monday – both events at Christ Church. Christopher Luke is Director of Music at St Marys Cathedral in New Plymouth and will be featured in Hawera on Sunday playing the historic 1919 Alfred Brake organ in Wesley Methodist Church. Ten other organists will be formally featured during the weekend.

Extravorganza is organised on behalf of NZOA by The Manawatu Organ Group, The Friends of the Christ Church Organ and The Wellington Organists’ Association.

For Transport and Accommodation options see this separate page.


NZOA offers significant financial support towards travel and accommodation to students who wish to attend Congress. Click the link at the right to download information about the Criteria and an Application Form.


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