Conductor, broadcaster, singer, and teacher Christine Argyle has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for the New Zealand Choral Federation.
Singing and choral music have always been central to Christine’s life. In her late teens she joined NZ National Youth Choir, then she went on to become a founding singer with NZ’s only professional choir, VOICES NZ Chamber Choir, of which she is still a member. She has also sung with the London Symphony Chorus, Auckland Opera Chorus and Tudor Consort.
A strong music education background has inspired Christine to share her musical talent with others, not only as Head of Department and conductor at various high schools, but also through founding and directing two highly successful choirs in Wellington: Nota Bene chamber choir and Wellington Young Voices children’s choir. She is regularly a guest conductor for other choirs and at NZCF’s ‘Giving Direction’ workshops.
Christine’s involvement with NZCF began as board member for six years, including the positions of Vice Chair and Chair for four years. Her connection to NZCF has always remained strong – as an adjudicator for The Big Sing choral competition, performer and presenter at Sing Aotearoa, Choral Connect, and as a member of the steering committee for the 2020 World Symposium on Choral Music. Many of you will also know Chirstine from her 19-year career as presenter on Radio NZ Concert – she was instrumental to the creation of the Upbeat programme we all enjoy today.
Christine is thrilled to take on this role with NZCF. “I feel very fortunate that my new ‘day job’ will revolve around my lifelong passion. Grant has left the Federation in excellent heart, after 10 years at the helm, and it’s a great privilege to pick up the reins as NZCF prepares to host the World Symposium on Choral Music in 2020.”