New Chief Executive for CMNZ
24 May, 2021
The CMNZ Board announces with great pleasure that Gretchen La Roche has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for CMNZ. Board Chair, Kerrin Vautier, says that “Gretchen brings artistic and chief executive experience in the arts sector that will be of considerable value in charting CMNZ’s future strategies and representing the organization at national, regional and local levels”.
Gretchen is currently Chief Executive and Artistic Manager of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has led its revitalisation over the past eight years during a period of unprecedented circumstances. Most of Gretchen’s career has been serving the music sector – as a professional musician, a University Lecturer in clarinet performance, in advisory roles with Creative New Zealand, in governance roles and as a leader in the arts sector.
“I feel extremely proud to take up the role of Chief Executive with CMNZ”, says Gretchen. “I have had a long association with the organisation, as a past competitor and adjudicator of the Chamber Music Contest and also as a touring artist. I am deeply committed to ensuring that chamber music continues to have a strong future in Aotearoa and look forward to working with the Board and staff to develop new programmes and initiatives for audiences throughout the motu.”
Gretchen will take up her new position on 23 August. Kerrin Vautier says that “we very much look forward to welcoming Gretchen to her new role with CMNZ and to working with her in furthering the reach of chamber music in New Zealand.” She added that “we are absolutely delighted that Gretchen will be applying her skills, experience, and considerable enthusiasm to this next phase of CMNZ’s development”.
Notice of CMNZ AGM 2022
The Annual General Meeting of the Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) Trust will take place on Wednesday 18 May, 1pm in the 1908 Room, Public Trust Hall, 131-135 Lambton Quay, Wellington. It will be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) Foundation at 2pm.
All are welcome, but please register your intention to attend here by 5pm on Tuesday 17 May.
CMNZ Trust Board Documents
CMNZ Foundation Documents
CMNZ appoints two new board members
2 March, 2021
Kerrin Vautier, Chair of CMNZ, has pleasure in announcing two new appointments to the CMNZ Trust Board – Alice Wang and Paul Mersi. She said that the Board is delighted that its search for new Trustees has resulted in such high quality candidates coming forward and she has no doubt that they will add value to the Board’s deliberations. Their brief bios are on this website.
Catherine Gibson to step down as Chief Executive
1 March, 2021
Kerrin M. Vautier, chairperson of Chamber Music New Zealand Trust announced today that “it is with regret that the CMNZ Board advises that Catherine Gibson has resigned as CEO to take up a new role as Chief Executive at Orchestras Central Trust. A search process for a new CEO for CMNZ will now commence.”
On reflecting on her time at CMNZ , Catherine says the organisation “is in good heart and I am proud to have been part of Chamber Music New Zealand for seven and a half years, with the past two as Chief Executive. This was a hard decision to make and very much a personal choice in consideration of my future priorities. I would like to thank the Trustees and the CMNZ staff and volunteers right around the country for their commitment to championing chamber music in New Zealand. To all our stakeholders and loyal audiences, thank you for your continuing support and generosity. I wish everyone the very best and hope to see some of you in my new CMNZ persona as an enthusiastic audience member at the next CMNZ Hamilton concert.”
Notice of CMNZ AGM 2020
The Annual General Meeting of the Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) Trust will take place via video conference (Zoom) on Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 1pm, and shall be immediately followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) Foundation.
All are welcome, but please register your intention to attend here by 5pm on Friday 15 May. This will ensure you receive detailed instructions for joining the meeting. Supporting documentation is available below to download.
CMNZ Trust Board Documents
CMNZ Foundation Documents
CMNZ’s official comment on RNZ’s proposal for Concert FM
Whatever genre, music is universal human experience across all cultures. Within the art form of chamber music, CMNZ presents a wide diversity of genre including early music, historical performance, string quartets and wind ensembles to name but a few, jazz, cross genre and world music. RNZ Concert is woven into the very fabric of what Chamber Music New Zealand does. From the skilled technicians who record and broadcast our concerts live across the country to the articulate and passionate commentary provided by Concert’s presenters, they allow us to share and connect with communities across Aotearoa beyond the physical concert hall. If you love and support what we do, please join us in signing the online petition to keep RNZ Concert on FM and retain their presenters – so that listeners of all ages are given the opportunity to connect with the many forms of concert experiences offered by RNZ Concert.
CMNZ has shown their support for RNZ Concert by writing to the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and other relevant Ministers. We have encouraged our Facebook supporters to sign the above petition and we are responding to the announcement as part of a sector wide group.