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An opportunity for Big Sing conductors - Fine Tuning workshops 2018

Please note that Fine Tuning is now fully subscribed for East Coast, Manawatu/Whanganui and Wellington regions. There is one spot left in Taranaki. However, schools are still welcome to apply as reserves in case one of the schools withdraws.

In May 2018, the NZCF Association of Choral Directors is running in-school choral workshops in the East Coast, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington and Taranaki regions prior to The Big Sing (TBS) festivals. ACD Advisor Christine Argyle 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 Christine immediately after the workshop to answer any questions they may have.

Participation in the Fine Tuning programme also entitles the conductor and a few members of the choir to attend TBS Finale in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre from Thursday 30 August to Saturday 1 September as guests*. Additional people may also attend, of course, but the usual admission charges will then apply.

Who can take part?
All schools in the East Coast, Manawatu/Whanganui and Taranaki regions entering The Big Sing 2018 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 2016/2017 TBS Finales are not eligible for the 2018 programme.

When will the workshops take place?

  • Wednesday 2 May 2018 – East Coast
  • Friday 4 May 2018 – Taranaki
  • Tuesday 8 May 2018 – Manawatu/Whanganui
  • Thursday 10 May 2018 – Wellington

Who will run the workshops?

Christine Argyle studied choral conducting with Dr Karen Grylls and has sung with the Voices NZ Chamber Choir since its formation in 1998. She founded the Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene, and is the founder and Music Director of Wellington Young Voices children’s choir. In the four years since WYV was formed, the choir has sung with the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington, in a production of Britten’s Noyes Fludde for NZ Opera, and with local and visiting international choirs. Christine was a presenter with RNZ Concert for nearly 20 years and is a past Chair of the NZ Choral Federation. She currently manages the New Zealand String Quartet


What to do next

Register online for the waiting list

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

Don’t miss this professional development opportunity that 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.

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

“This was a great experience for my choir – we really enjoyed it. I learnt some additional strategies for getting the desired sound from the choir and it was great to have an external person reinforcing the things I had been telling them! This was a great opportunity – very valuable for us, thank you!”
(Fine Tuning participating choir director, 2016)