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Workshops 2019


In May 2019, the NZCF Association of Choral Directors is running in-school choral workshops in the Timaru, Otago and Southland regions prior to The Big Sing (TBS) festivals. ACD Advisor Dr Andrew Withington will work with the choirs in a 90-minute coaching session, helping them refine their chosen repertoire and sharing insights into what adjudicators look for in performance. In addition, the conductors will have a 30-minute one-on-one coaching/discussion session with Andrew to answer any questions they may have.

Participation in the Fine Tuning programme also entitles the conductor and four members of the choir to attend TBS Finale in Dunedin's Town Hall from Thursday 29  August to Saturday 31 August as guests*.

Who can take part?
All schools in the Timaru, Otago and Southland regions entering The Big Sing 2019 can apply and acceptance is on a first-in-first-served basis. Up to three schools will be chosen from each region The only restrictions are:

  • only one choir per school may enter
  • conductors may only apply for one choir
  • choirs that took part in the 2017 or 2018 TBS Finales are not eligible for the 2019 programme.

When will the workshops take place?

  • Friday 3 May 2019 – Invercargill
  • Monday 6 May 2019 – Dunedin
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019 – Dunedin
  • Thursday 9 May 2019 – Timaru

Who will run the workshops?

Dr Andrew Withington

Dr Andrew Withington has a PhD in Music (Choral Pedagogy) and a Masters of Music with First Class Honours in Performance (Choral Conducting). Andrew is a former Artistic Director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (2008-18), Director of the University of Canterbury Chamber Choir Consortia (2013-16), and Music Director of the Christchurch City Choir (2014-16). He has adjudicated and run choral clinics both in New Zealand and internationally, and is an advisor for the New Zealand Choral Federation and the International Choral Kathaumixw.

What to do next

Online registration is now open.

The cost for the workshop is $150 for each choir and schools will be invoiced on acceptance.

This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the NZCF Association of Choral Directors and The Big Sing, with support from Tour Time and Creative New Zealand.

* five people (staff/students) from each school will be entitled to attend the Finale day sessions and Gala concert free of charge as guests. All other costs associated with attending (e.g. transport/accommodation) are the responsibility of the school. Additional people may also attend, of course, but the usual admission charges will then apply.

Please contact Cathryn Wyllie (Operations Manager) cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz, tel 021 977 905 / 09 292 9442

“The timing of the workshop was perfect – with TBS a clear focus but still a few more weeks to make good sense of the help. It was also VERY helpful for it to be held onsite and in school time, which removes the need for extra paperwork and clashes with “out‐of‐school” activities.” (Fine Tuning participating choir director 2018)