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03 Jun 2020
We were thrilled to see so many of our choral community recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours this year. We extend our hearty congratulations to National Cadenza Coordinator and NZCF Otago...
03 Apr 2020
With the cancellation of many of NZCF’s major events this year, including the World Symposium of Choral Music and The Big Sing, we have been exploring other ways to engage with our choral...
06 Mar 2020
Continuing our series of videos recorded at the 2019 Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re pleased to release Elise Bradley’s presentation Choral Sound Concept – Vowels are the Key! in...
05 Mar 2020
We’re pleased to announce our adjudicators for The Big Sing 2020 regional festivals:   Philip Norman: Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Rachael Griffiths-Hughes: Wellington, Taranaki,...
05 Mar 2020
While Personal membership of the New Zealand Choral Federation offers some tangible benefits in terms of discounts and priority entry to NZCF events, most of our Personal members see it as a way of...
08 Feb 2020
We are delighted to welcome Emma Billings to the NZCF team in a new role as Events Manager. This new position within the team will incorporate the role of The Big Sing National Coordinator, which Emma...
08 Feb 2020
For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting news of how you might volunteer at July’s World Symposium of Choral Music in Auckland, details of how you can get involved are now on the Volunteer...
07 Feb 2020
It’s a stellar year for international choral performances in New Zealand! Ahead of our own World Symposium in July, there are two amazing opportunities in the NZ Festival of the Arts in Wellington....
05 Feb 2020
NZCF has had advance notice of an upcoming movie release we’re sure will appeal to our members and would provide the ideal opportunity for a choir fundraiser! Military Wives is directed by Peter...
05 Feb 2020
Community and chamber choir directors are warmly invited to attend Giving Direction workshops where they will be given ‘hands-on’ instruction on conducting gesture and other vital aspects of choir...
04 Feb 2020
  Since its successful debut in 2011, the Asia Pacific Youth Choir has offered an annual opportunity for young singers from across our culturally diverse region to perform together and exchange ideas...
04 Feb 2020
Elizabeth Crayford reports on the 20th annual Teapot Summer School which took place in Brightwater, Nelson from 10-19 January 2020 How about this for a summer holiday? Being part of a capacity choir...
04 Feb 2020
It’s been an action-packed January in the WSCM2020 office and there’s so much news to share that we’re going to send you a special edition with all the juicy details in a couple of weeks. So...
09 Dec 2019
We are delighted to announce our three regional adjudicators for 2020: Philip Norman, Rachael Griffiths-Hughes and Peter Watts. A full list of regional dates and adjudicators is below, along with...
06 Dec 2019
The New Zealand Youth Choir (NZYC) has just turned 40 and to celebrate, it’s holding a special Christmas concert in Auckland, Friday 6 December, before boarding a cruise ship the next day for a...
06 Dec 2019
Continuing our series of videos recorded at the 2019 Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release Rachel Fuller’s presentation Not just an accompanist! in which she...
06 Dec 2019
This month, MPs and staffers from across Parliament are coming together to stage a fundraising show like no other …with a little help from Brent Stewart and the NZCF. For one night only, it won’t...
06 Dec 2019
Looking for ways to show your choir director how much you appreciate them? How about giving them the gift of a career-boosting opportunity for Christmas? Both your conductor and your choir will...
06 Nov 2019
We’re delighted to announce that British ensemble VOCES8 will join the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020) programme with two headline performances. WSCM2020 will be the ensemble’s...
06 Nov 2019
What choral conductor has not dreamt of having a search tool able to bring up a complete list of works to match precise needs or criteria? Musica International’s Virtual Choral Library is exactly...
05 Nov 2019
Following on from this year’s highly successful Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release the second in a series of videos we recorded at selected Choral Connect...
05 Nov 2019
In the last major project before his death, NZCF’s former Chair Dr Guy Jansen set out to document the outstanding development of choral music in Aotearoa. That project has come to fruition in the...
05 Nov 2019
Wellington chamber choir Inspirare recently presented a concert of songs for women’s voices titled Femme, featuring 16 of its women alongside 16 student singers from four colleges in the...
04 Oct 2019
Following on from this year’s highly successful Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release the first in a series of videos we recorded at selected Choral Connect sessions....
04 Oct 2019
One of NZ’s leading choral practitioners, Dr Andrew Withington, has recently taken up the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Westminster...
24 Sep 2019
Register now for WSCM2020 and you could score your accommodation for free! Book for either the Full or Half Symposium by 31 October and you’ll be in the draw to win your accommodation at...
24 Sep 2019
This month, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is embarking on a unique tour of nine regional centres for Chamber Music New Zealand. Choirs Aotearoa Chief Executive Arne Herrmann tells us more… As...
06 Sep 2019
The Big Sing got even bigger this year with the addition of three highly successful Cadenza festivals in the South Island (Timaru), Lower North Island (Whanganui) and Upper North Island (Rotorua). A...
06 Sep 2019
Introducing NZCF’s new Accounts and Membership Manager We’re delighted to welcome Jenni Prentice to the NZCF staff to take on the combined roles of Accounts Manager and Membership Administrator....
06 Sep 2019
With WSCM2020 now less than a year away, and with hundreds of people from over 40 countries already registered, the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland is shaping up to be one of the...
03 Sep 2019
Over 170 singers from choirs in Waikato and Bay of Plenty will join with the Bay of Plenty Symphonia this month for four memorable performances of Haydn’s mighty oratorio Creation, in Rotorua,...
23 Aug 2019
**WATCH THE LIVE STREAM HERE** Around 830 singers with their choir directors and supervisors will converge on Dunedin 29-31 August when the 24 secondary school choirs selected from The Big Sing (TBS)...
20 Aug 2019
Twelve Secondary School choirs selected from The Big Sing Regional competitions in  Wellington, East Coast, Manawatu-Whanganui and Taranaki took to the stage to compete in the inaugural Big Sing...
01 Aug 2019
Introducing Trinity College London’s Exams for Choirs You probably know about Trinity College London’s exams for solo singers and instrumentalists, but did you know Trinity also offers assessments...
01 Aug 2019
Over 1800 young singers are excitedly preparing for The Big Sing Cadenza and Finale festivals coming up this month in Timaru, Whanganui, Rotorua and Dunedin. 36 secondary school choirs were selected...
01 Aug 2019
The sound of children’s voices will be ringing out in Auckland, Hastings and Whanganui this month when the NZCF regional The Kids Sing festivals are held. Details of each festival are as...
01 Aug 2019
We’re very excited to announce that Hilary Barry will be the compère for the Gala Concert at this year’s The Big Sing Finale in Dunedin. Hilary was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir from...
31 Jul 2019
The next Advance Ticket deadline for the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM2020) is 31 December 2019. Early Bird tickets closed mid-August and the event organisers were thrilled with the...
30 Jul 2019
Last month, 85 of New Zealand’s choral directors came together in Wellington to exchange ideas and develop their art at the NZCF Association of Choral Directors’ biennial Choral Connect...
30 Jul 2019
Auckland Youth Choir’s 38-voice chamber choir spent six days in Sydney last month at the Australian International Music Festival alongside groups from Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore,...
30 Jul 2019
Two young New Zealand singers, Charlotte Leigh and Melissa Tsoi, were honoured to be selected for the 2019 Asia Pacific Youth Choir. They recently returned from performances in Hong Kong at the Asia...
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