A range of musical options is provided including the school symphony orchestra, strings (senior and junior), chamber music, jazz band, SCAT Choir and various rock bands. School musical productions have been a highlight of the school year which have included past performances of The Best of Broadway, South Pacific, Spamalot, Godspell, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Guys and Dolls, Seussical the Musical and The Little Mermaid (performed in 2018).
In 2016, two Hillcrest High School concert chamber groups performed in the semifinals and finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.
With a convincing performance in the semifinal round the Yerevan Trio progressed to the final round to win.
This was a historical achievement, as this was the first time in the 50 year history of the Concert Chamber Music Contest that a group from Hamilton had been judged best chamber group in the country.
In 2017 our Raysken Trio competed again in the Northern Region final of the Chamber Music New Zealand Contest in Auckland winning the top prize, gaining direct entry to the national final in Wellington in August. Twelve groups were entered, Raysken the only group from the Waikato. This is the second year in a row they have gained a place in the national final.
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