• with Bruce Pearson October 12, 2017 - Wellington
    Directors Development Day with Bruce Pearson October 12, 2017 - Wellington
  • Welcome to ABODA New Zealand! Creating Better Conductors
    Welcome to ABODA New Zealand! Creating Better Conductors
  • Here's where you start!
    Here's where you start!


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The Mission of the Association Band and Orchestra Directors Aotearoa is to encourage and support the development and growth of instrumental music directors and conductors in NZ. Catering for: Schools, Community, Professionals.

The Association Band and Orchestra Directors Aotearoa is a constituent based non-profit organisation serving the needs of New Zealand’s community and school music students and it’s music directors.

  • It aims to promote, foster and practice the art of training and directing Instrumental Ensembles,
  • to promote public awareness and appreciation of Instrumental Ensembles,
  • to provide the opportunity for any person to participate in the direction, training and performance of Instrumental Ensembles,
  • to provide community access to the performance and demonstration of the work of Instrumental Ensembles,
  • to present opportunities for the study of, tuition in and training in the art of directing, and a forum for the free discussion of all matters related to our Aims and Mission,
  • to co-operate and affiliate with other agencies, individuals or others with similar interests to those of the Association,
  • to pursue a standard of excellence in respect of all the Purposes and activities of the Association.

The Story of ABODA New Zealand

On February 6, 2017, a “Dream Team” of Music Directors from around New Zealand met in Wellington. Their aim was to discuss and lay the groundwork for the formation of a National “umbrella” organisation to bring together all the various instrumental ensemble organisations around the country.

Those in attendance were Rodger Fox (Jazz), David Bremner (Brass Bands), Larry Reese (NZSO), Helen Renaud (Orchestral, South Island), Kathleen Mulligan (NZ Concert Bands Assoc. President), Evan Sayer (Brass Bands Assoc. President), Darren Smith (General Manager, Musicworks) and Andrew Stopps (Founder).

Out of this meeting came the foundations for ABODA, it’s aims, mission and constitution and the amalgamation of the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival as the National ABODA Festival. We affirmed our commitment to each other and to help to Create Better Conductors in New Zealand/Aotearoa.

Our mission and vision

The Association of Band and Orchestra Directors’ Aotearoa (ABODA) aims to be New Zealand’s premier in-service support organisation for school and community band and orchestra directors, pledging ongoing commitment to the growth of music education and community music making throughout all areas of the country.


Supporting and training school music teachers in the direction of instrumental music ensembles.


To provide support and training to community instrumental ensemble directors.


To provide on-going training and development to professional level conductors.

National Festival

We offer an annual National Band and Orchestra Festival in Wellington every August to provide an opportunity for ensembles of all levels to perform and receive feedback and be involved in workshops.

Education and Workshops

We will invite conductors and music directors from around the world to New Zealand to share their skills and help develop conducting skills amongst our members.


The ABODA Mentor Program is open to all 1st-3rd year teachers, as well as conductors new to working with an ensemble. Our goal is to pair young and/or new teachers and conductors with experienced conductors who can lead them professionally to meet the needs of their ensemble members.

Be a part of our National Band and Orchestra Festival

The Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival is the national festival for ABODA. It has been successfully running since 2012 and has had over 2000 musicians across its stages since then.

Join us at WEBO!

Foundation Team

Directors Development Day with Bruce Pearson

Directors Development Day with Bruce Pearson

Wellington, New Zealand
12 Oct 2017 09:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival

Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival

Christchurch, New Zealand
25 Oct 2017 07:00 PM -
Wellington Jazz Festival

Wellington Jazz Festival

Wellington, New Zealand
06 Jun 2018 -
National Brass Band Contest

National Brass Band Contest

Blenheim, New Zealand
11 Jul 2018 -
Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival

Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival

Wellington, New Zealand
16 Aug 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
NZ Concert Bands Festival

NZ Concert Bands Festival

17 Aug 2018 09:00 AM -

Latest News

2017 Annual General Meeting

2017 Annual General Meeting

The First AGM of ABODA is to be held on Friday 18 August (7.00pm start) at Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre (ground floor), Upper Hutt.…


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