Citation for the Queens Service Medal
For services to music
Mr Philip Craigie has contributed as a musician, teacher, mentor, and musical director for more than 50 years.
Over Mr Craigie’s 40 year teaching career he was Head of Department (Music) at Riccarton High School, Head of Department (Music) at Otago Boys High School, Deputy Principal of Taieri High School, and Principal of Kaikorai Valley College. He has been musical director of the Mosgiel Brass Band since 1988. He has been involved with St Kilda Brass and has been conductor of the Otago Symphonic Band. He conducted and led the Celebration Singers on several national tours and a tour to Tasmania, and under his leadership the choir produced four records. He was heavily involved with the Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival Committee and prepared the constitution for the annual Music Festival to become an incorporated society. He has taught many students piano and brass instruments through schools, community music programmes, and as a casual teacher. He organises community music groups including an annual community concert and an annual community choir each Christmas. Mr Craigie chaired the Anniversary Organising Committee for the 150th anniversary of the North Taieri Presbyterian Church.