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Key Presenters

Our music team 


Untitled-3 Elise Bradley
Elise is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus in Canada, a past music director of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, and in demand internationally as an award-winning conductor, adjudicator and clinician.

Practice in action
Working with the Kids of Note conference choir, Elise explores the process of, and  techniques for, developing healthy singing for children. Observe the formation and development of a choir of young singers from scratch. This choir presents the conference’s closing concert

Untitled-2 Dr Karen Grylls ONZM
Associate Professor in Conducting and Programme Coordinator (Choral) at the University of Auckland, Karen is Artistic Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Through her work with the Auckland Chamber Choir and her teaching at the University of Auckland, she has created the pathway for tertiary, doctoral study in choral conducting.

It's all in the upbeat!
Work with Karen to explore the conductor’s gesture and its effect on the singing sound. From her work with community and school conductors, Karen is known for her personalised feedback, the engaging learning environment, her insightful and informative comments and her encouragement.

Catrin Johnsson Catrin Johnsson
Born in Sweden, Catrin is an Artist Teacher at the University of Auckland. A vocal artist and pedagogue with extensive operatic experience, she has sung many principal roles, with major opera companies such as English National Opera.

Working with young voices
Catrin shares her knowledge of vocal skills suitable for children who are singing in school and community choirs, demonstrating with the Kids of Note choir.

robert_wiremu Robert Wiremu
A former conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir and voice clinician for the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices NZ, Robert is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland.

As well as being our conference accompanist, Robert leads an exploration of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and shares the workings of his ‘Wiremu Vowel Clock’. Revolutionise the way you think about your mouth and the production of I, E, A, O and U!

Megan bio photo Megan Flint
A trained primary school teacher, Megan is the music specialist at Royal Oak Primary School and teacher-in-charge of Choirs at St Cuthbert’s College, Auckland. Megan co-authored ‘Hear our Voices’, a choral resource for children’s choir leaders.

Music Made Fun!
Enliven your programme with a taste of an aural-vocal approach to music learning based on the philosophies and teachings of Zoltan Kodály. Focusing on the voice as the primary instrument it follows students’ natural learning development: listen – sing – understand – play – read and write – create.