exalt music ministry exists to serve cyt’s events & the young people of the christchurch diocese through the music ministry.


Sam Sivertsen

music ministry coordinator

Sam is a Christchurch local with many years of ministry experience including time with CYT and Tertiary Chaplaincy. She holds a BA in Psychology, Certificate in Youth Ministry and Diploma in Urban Mission Studies. Sam has been very involved and passionate about the music side of the ministry throughout her years in Ministry and in the past has been part of the CYT music team as well as many other music ministry teams.

You can contact Sam on:
03 353 0705 ext 5


What is exalt?

EXALT is a team of volunteer musicians who serve CYT and the Christchurch Diocese through music ministry at events, camps, Masses among many other things. The team primarily ministers through music to young people at diocesan events, but is occasionally invited to minister in other settings.

How can I get involved?

Auditions are held each year for volunteer musicians. These auditions are usually held in November, for the following year. 
In some cases, auditions may be scheduled on an individual basis throughout the year. You can contact Jessica if you would like an audition or more information about being a part of the EXALT team.

booking the exalt team

If you have a youth event and you are looking for support musically, you can contact Jessica about booking an EXALT team, but the team’s first priority is serving the Catholic Youth Team in the Christchurch Diocese. Please be aware that the team’s schedule is booked a year in advance and so as much notice as possible is required. Each request will be taken into consideration prayerfully and with consideration to volunteers schedules and priorities.

Music ministry formation

As a team member, EXALT offers formation to musicians and technicians who have made a commitment to the ministry. For 2016 this was through Team Nights, from 2017 onwards Team Nights have been integrated into Frontline Discipleship Programme. This is a streamed formation programme which focuses on forming youth and young adults into intentional disciples, leaders and for EXALT Music Ministry members, develops them as worshipers. 

production team

We are blessed to have a specific Production Team to serve as a part of CYT’s Music Ministry. Nathan Burtenshaw is Head of Production Team and has an awesome team of people serving alongside him, covering sound and lighting for events.
If this is something that interests you, get in contact! ssivertsen@chch.catholic.org.nz

 music events & formation