Chris Orange

Programme Leader - Certificate and Diploma In Contemporary Music Performance

Performing on bass in seminal NZ punk bands The Terrorways (1979-80) and The Features (1981), Chris Orange continued furthering diverse, alternative musical projects - spanning, arguably, the most creative era the NZ Music Industry has seen. Writing and recording music for short NZ Film, Musical Theatre, jazz band, performing both internationally and working with the Native Jazz Ensemble performing jazz standards in Maori and new works reflecting Maori and Pacific indignity, his creative work is wide-ranging and has as its central goal the advocacy of Art as a way of knowing about the world.

Passing on the strategies and skills needed to develop as a creative artist to musicians has become a vocation, and he brings long experience teaching, developing and running interesting music programmes to his work as Programme Leader Certificate (L4) Contemporary Music Performance and Bachelor of Musical Arts/Diploma CMP (L5). 

With a research Masters in Education, experience teaching in the secondary as well as tertiary sector - and working with artists like Jed Town, George Kahi, The Aotea Youth Symphony, Chris Proser, Doug Jerebine (aka Jesse Harper) , Billy TK Senior, Niki Ngatai and Miles Gillette, John McKay (Canada), Colin Leitch (Japan), Pat Urlich, Peter McIntyre (Aotearoa NZ), Anu Grace (Australia), Scotty Fistpump, and Peter Reilly - on top of a performing career that ranges from busking in Tokyo to supporting John Cale, Chris understands how to create learning across different levels of music skill and how to progress students into areas of higher skill and application in the Music Industry.

As well as running the L4 and L5 Music Programmes, Chris enjoys teaching Composition, Arranging and Instrumentation in the first year of the Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Music Fundamentals (Theory), History and Ensemble Performance across the L4 courses. He is a trained Taiko player, multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and double bass tutor, who is passionate about learning and teaching.  He is particularly fond of his L5 Music Tuition Unit - supporting students in their own teaching of music. He has two teenage children and enjoys his role as an advocate for MAINZ students' learning and pastoral care. 

Current Research Interests: Collaborative informal music practices and how musicians communicate in rehearsal.

  • Campus: MAINZ Auckland