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Announcing the 2019 Cadenza and Finale adjudicators

We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2019 Cadenza and Finale festivals:

Christie Anderson: Cadenza Timaru & Cadenza Whanganui
Tim Sharp: Cadenza Rotorua & Finale
Madeleine Pierard: Finale
James Tibbles: Finale
Paulette Tamati-Elliffe: Auahi Kore award at Finale

Read on below to find out more about each one…




Christie Anderson
Christie Anderson is Artistic Director of Young Adelaide Voices, conducting the YAV youth choir, women’s vocal ensemble Aurora and is Artistic Director of the WATU Youth Choir Festival. She is a core singer and Associate Conductor of the multi-award- winning Adelaide Chamber Singers and a founding member of the EVE vocal trio.

In 2016 Young Adelaide Voices won three Gold Medals at the Bratislava International Youth Music Festival where Christie was also awarded the Special Prize for Best Conductor of the Festival. Christie has been a guest presenter at the Vox Mundi Festival in Timisoara, Romania, discussing children’s and youth choirs, and focussing on YAV and Australian music for youth choirs. This year Christie will adjudicate the Cairns and District Junior Eisteddfod and the Victorian Music Festival as well The Big Sing Cadenza. She is Guest Conductor for Tasmania’s Festival of voices, will tour with YAV to the Gondwana World Choral Festival in Sydney, and with Aurora as guest artists of the Desert Song Festival in Alice Springs.

Tim Sharp
Dr. Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He is on the Executive Committee of the International Federation for Choral Music and serves as Vice-President. As an active choral conductor, researcher, composer, and writer, Tim has varied his career serving as university and seminary professor, and has held executive positions in music publishing, recording, and non-profit administration.

Tim is in his eleventh year as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Chorale. Prior to his leadership of ACDA and IFCM, he was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, and earlier, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University. Tim is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, with degrees in music and conducting from The School of Church Music (Louisville, KY), Belmont University (Nashville, TN), with post-graduate studies at the Aspen Music School, Harvard University, and Cambridge University.

Madeleine Pierard
Madeleine Pierard is an alumna of the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, the NZ Youth Choir, The Tudor Consort and Voices NZ.  She studied at the Royal College of Music in London and was a Jette Parker Young Artist with The Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

For The Royal Opera, Madeleine has sung numerous roles, including Contessa di Folleville (Il Viaggio a Reims), Musetta (in London and Istanbul), Lisa (La Sonnambula) and Noémie (Cendrillon). Other recent roles include Violetta, Pat Nixon and Musetta with NZ Opera; Musetta at the Royal Albert Hall; Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) for English Touring Opera; Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia in Tianjin, China and the title role in Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna.  Madeleine returns to The Royal Opera next season as The Overseer (Elektra – Strauss).

Madeleine’s recent concert appearances include performances with the NZSO, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestras of Brittany and Strasbourg.  Madeleine has also sung recitals at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and The Royal Opera House.

James Tibbles
James is one of New Zealand’s leading players of historic keyboards, as well as being active in the choral scene. He has a busy performing and recording schedule, both in New Zealand and internationally; he has performed in USA, Canada, UK, Holland, Germany, France, Slovenia, Spain and Australia. James is Associate Professor, Deputy Head of School and Coordinator of Early Music studies in the School of Music, the University of Auckland. He teaches organ and historic keyboards, and historically informed performance courses, as well as directing the ensemble Collegium Music Auckland.

Beyond his University role, James is Artistic Director of the early music organisation Age of Discovery and Organist and Director of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland. James was for many years Deputy Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir, and in a previous life he was Director of Music at Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. Over the years, he has been associated with The Big Sing in many roles – including conducting a finale choir and adjudicating at regional festivals and national finales, as well as being involved in adjudicator mentoring.


Paulette Tamati-Elliffe
Paulette Tamati-Elliffe is from Ōtākou, of Ngāi Tahu/Te Ati Awa descent.  Paulette is currently the Project Leader – KMK Te Reo Strategy for the Culture and Identity team at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and has been involved in the revitalisation of te reo among Ngāi Tahu whānui and the wider community for a number of years. She is the mother of four bilingual boys, composes and performs waiata and also co-tutors kapa haka with her partner. Paulette is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo – Institute of Excellence in Te Reo Māori.