Lisa Rangi - President

Lisa Rangi

Lisa lives in New Plymouth and teaches in several schools as well as teaching singing to private pupils at home. Her strength is Music Theatre and she has played many lead roles over the past 30 years.

Erica Sim - Vice President

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Erica Sim is based in Nelson and works as a voice tutor privately, and at Waimea College. She works with individuals, groups and choirs.

Gina Sanders - Council Member, Membership & Constitution

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Gina has a very busy dual career as one of NZ’s leading soprano soloists, and an advanced teacher. After completing several degrees and diplomas in piano, voice, theory, musicology, pedagogy and languages at Auckland and Queensland Universities and Trinity College London, she became the first NZ musician to be awarded a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship, enabling her to undertake post-graduate studies in Stuttgart, Germany, to where she regularly returns for operatic and concert performances. Since 2003 Gina has made six international concert tours, covering over 18 countries and also fulfills invitations to present her courses: The Developing Singer,The Developing Teacher and The Developing Musician in several different languages.

In her twenty years of membership with NEWZATS, she served six as the Editor of the NEWZATS journal. She has a particular interest in correct vocal placement and harnessing the natural qualities of individual

Cathie Harrop - Council Member, Newsletter editor



Performer and Teacher of Singing, Harp (pedal and Lever), and Theory. Students are prepared for all Royal Schools and Trinity exams, NCEA and public performances.

Cathie teachers in studios on the Auckland North Shore, in Mt Eden, and at St Mary's College Auckland.
Cathie has a background of performance in a wide genre of music on stage, radio, Television, and recordings both Intentionally and in New Zealand.

She is currently a NZ representative on the panel of judges for the New York International Radio Awards Competition, and is widely respected for her study and performance of the music bought to NZ by the early European settlers.

Calvin Baker - Council Member

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Calvin Baker completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) qualification in Studio Pedagogy- Voice, and his Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance- Voice, at the University of Auckland. A tenor, Calvin studied singing under the tutorage of Dr. Morag Atchison and Dr. Te Oti Rakena, and has performed in choral, ensemble, and soloist contexts. Having discovered early in his vocal training a passion for vocal science and singing technique, Calvin has carried out independent research considering the effect of laryngeal morphometry on vocal acoustic parameters and, in 2015, music education topics that explored the impact of online learning and technology in the teaching of voice, and gesture as a pedagogical tool. Calvin enjoys teaching students of a wide range of ages, cultural, and educational backgrounds, and teaches at High Schools, as well as in his private studio, in Auckland.
Visit his website, to read more, and to contact him directly regarding lessons, choral workshops, research, or performance.

Frances Wilson - Council Member

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Frances Wilson (ONZM) is a highly respected voice coach who heads Auckland Opera Studio, a charitable trust that offers singing and performance coaching to young emerging singers at no cost. Frances also conducts masterclasses and was cofounder of the Whanganui Opera School (now known as the NZ Opera School) acting as Musical Director and Tutor for a period of five years.

It is Frances’ aim with all of her undertakings to give “break through” opportunities to emerging New Zealand talent. In many cases, it’s by providing singers with first roles in an Opera with Orchestra, being professionally staged, directed and reviewed.

Sharon Yearsley - Council Member


BMus(Hons) Performance Voice, MMusTher (Hons)

Sharon is 34 years old and has been teaching singing in high schools as an itinerant singing specialist and as a private practitioner for 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Voice Performance and a Master of Music Therapy (Honours). She has performed extensively as a soloist and ensemble member in many operas and concerts, and has professionally sung with the NZ Opera Chorus for 10 years. She also currently sings as a member of Inspirare, a professional choir in Wellington. Sharon trained and worked as a Registered Music Therapist for two years. Her teaching experience includes teaching mainly singing; but also piano, barbershop groups, choirs, and vocal coaching and musical direction for musicals. Sharon’s approach to voice teaching is not genre specific and is focused on vocal health and beauty. Sharon continually engages in ongoing professional development and attended the 2015 New Zealand National Singing School as a Trainee Tutor; and recently attended the NEWZATS 2016 Conference. She is a member of MENZA and a member of the NEWZATS council.

Ruth Armishaw - Administrator and Webmaster

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BMus & BMus(Hons) Vocal Jazz Performance, Performer's Certificate Piano Trinity College London

Ruth is a freelance musician, teacher and performer in Wellington. She has a BMus and BMus(Hons) in Vocal Jazz Performance as well as a Trinity College Performer's Certificate in Piano Performance. Ruth has had a long chorus career with the NZ Opera, 16 years and 26 Operas and counting. Ruth has had various webmaster and web-editing roles over the past 8 years and is delighted to use her skills within her own industry.