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Employment

We are looking forward to hear from skilled organ builders and pipe organ tuners who are keen to join our team in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand.

If you are passionate about the craft, enjoy a challenge, possess good people’s skills,
DO get in touch!

Auckland Tuning Assistant - Casual

We are currently looking for a casual tuning assistant for our Auckland operations.
The schedule of work is on a “when required” basis and involves working
approximately 9 x 5-day weeks and 4 x 3-day weeks per year, with approximately
6-weekly intervals.

Essential Attributes for a Successful Candidate:

  • Auckland resident, with good eyesight, hearing and command of English Language.
  • A full driver’s license and ability to assist a tuning technician with driving or navigation when required. Availability of a vehicle is desirable.
  • A smart mobile phone.
  • Familiarity with organs and keyboard notation. Musical ability is not essential but would be helpful.
  • Good people skills, attention to detail and punctuality.
  • A hands-on/proactive attitude.
    Persons with a practical inclination such as an engineering, electrical or similar background and a good degree of mobility and flexibility will have an opportunity to become a first responder to organ faults in their location, so an interest in pipe organ workings is an advantage.

Please forward your Expression of Interest letter to office@sioc.co.nz with “Tuning Assistant” in the subject line. We would like to know about you and your circumstances.

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Our Book is Available for Purchase

More than a Pipe Dream

This book pays homage to the highly skilled individuals in the South Island Organ Company who have dedicated so much of their lives to designing, building and restoring pipe organs, highly complex musical instruments as they are. It unveils an impressive amount of detail about this unique company's development, achievements and adventures, including secrets of the instruments construction and the art of restoration, all of which is presented in a highly readable manner so that you will never feel overwhelmed by technical jargon.

This book is the work of multi-award-winning writer Jill Worrall.

$99.99 plus postage & handling fee.

Here are some comments:

  • "Thrilled to have the book arrive today. What a gorgeous production it is and how poignant the earthquake stories and images. Thank you and I will enjoy it in greater detail as the days go by". - Tim McWhannell
  • "The book has arrived....amidst the busy day, I just had to have a quick flip through. I am absolutely gobsmacked!  What a magnificent publication -accolades all round!
    You have exceeded!  I am wordless, and speechless!
    Bravo!" - Roy Tankersley
  •  "The book arrived today! Excellent publication" - Alan Edwards
  • To John: "I enjoyed the book...indeed more than a pipe dream, that's for sure. From it I can see you've had a  remarkable and interesting career amongst some great talented craftsmen and artisans and have formed a great company in SIOC which you must be proud of. The tragedy of the losses SIOC suffered with the deaths of your men following the earthquakes is so sad and I am sure is a deep loss to you and Val personally. But what an outstanding first 50 years" - Craig Maclean & family
  •  "My copy has arrived. It is superb!! Many thanks to Val and John, and to all those who had input into its publication" - Robert Cleaver