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We’re Absolutely Positively delighted that Wellington City will be playing host to the 2019 NZCF Association of Choral Directors’ national conference, Choral Connect. This biennial conference is the ACD’s flagship event, providing professional development for choral musicians of all experience levels.

The conference theme for this year is ‘Young & Developing Voices’ and we are delighted to have one of the world’s finest children’s choirs, the Toronto Children’s Chorus (Canada), as our choir-in-residence.

As well as a rich variety of workshops, masterclasses, repertoire and vocal technique sessions, we’re thrilled to present three special concerts: two involving choirs from the Wellington region, and a final concert at Wellington's St Mary of the Angels, featuring the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, and a special performance by the combined forces of the two guest choirs and the Choral Connect delegates.

A new feature of this year’s Choral Connect is a strand for pianists who work with choirs. Pianists will be given practical experience and mentoring in the art of being an effective accompanist and rehearsal pianist.

Whether you are new to choral music or already have a wealth of experience, we encourage you to join us in Wellington this July!

What you will gain

  • Inspiration, knowledge, and skills from leading choral experts
  • Training and feedback on your own conducting
  • Time to observe, participate, and reflect on your own practice
  • Ideas from other conductors
  • Satisfying choral experiences
  • The opportunity to connect with choral colleagues


  • Come to New Zealand's only conference for choral leaders
  • Be inspired by conducting experts Elise Bradley (NZ / Canada) and Karen Grylls (NZ)
  • Develop voice pedagogy with mezzo-soprano, Catrin Johnsson (Sweden / NZ)
  • Observe the highly acclaimed Toronto Children’s Chorus, resident choir for the conference
  • Take part in a wide and interesting range of conducting classes, workshops, and presentations
  • Make new friends and connections in the choral world

For any enquiries, please contact the NZCF Operations Manager, Cathryn Wyllie cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz, tel 021 021 977 905 / 09 292 9442.