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.

Calvin Baker - Vice President

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Calvin Baker is just completing his Masters in Studio Pedagogy - Voice, having already completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) qualification in the same field, 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.

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 seven 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-six 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 voices.

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.

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.

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.

Arlie McCormick - Council Member

Arlie McCormick

Arlie McCormick is currently working at The University of Otago in Dunedin teaching Contemporary Voice and Musical Theatre in the Bachelor of Performing Arts Programme.

She is a highly skilled specialist Voice Teacher and performer with an extensive performing career that spans more than 20 years. Her performing diversity ranges from lead roles in numerous musicals to being part of a touring cabaret group ‘Babushka’. In 2015 she completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Conservatorium of Music.

Prior to her move to NZ she was a sessional lecturer at The Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and sessional lecturer at JMC Academy in Contemporary Voice. In addition to this Arlie worked as a Voice Teacher at Brisbane Girls Grammar School as well as running her own private studio.

Cindy Jonker - Council Member

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Cindy Jonker received her National Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Tshwane University of Technology. She has studied singing with Hanre Lass, Joan Wilken, Isabella Eksteen, Anna Hogberg, Lorraine Haverman and Gwyneth Lloyd. She worked as an actress and singer with On Cue Children’s Theatre and with the East Cape Opera Company.

She has performed in a variety of musicals, shows and choral concerts including the mezzo solo in Douglas Mews’ Ghosts, Fire, Water. She also completed her Trinity Performer’s Certificate and first year of BMus in Classical and Jazz singing at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She has been a choir member from primary school through to adulthood , including a summer session with the World Youth Choir in 2003.

Before moving to Auckland, Cindy taught singing in New Plymouth and directed the Taranaki Children’s Choir. She is currently directing the East Auckland Homeschool Choir, and gives private and group lessons at Allegro Music Studio in Howick. Welcome to the New NEWZATS Council Members.

Claire Barton - Council Member

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Claire Barton is a mezzo-soprano born and raised in Dunedin. She holds a Master of Music (Performance Voice) from the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) and a Postgraduate Artist Diploma (Distinction) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music (London, UK).

She made her professional debut in the role of Mrs Slender in Salieri’s 'Falstaff' with Opera Otago at the age of 25. She was a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest in 2007, and in the same year won the Otago Daily Times Aria, the Nelson Sealord Aria and the Wellington Regional Aria. She was twice runner-up in the New Zealand Aria Contest (2007 and 2010). Claire was named a 2008-9 Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera where she sang the role of ‘Aunt’ in 'Jenufa' and understudied the role of Zulma in 'L’Italiana in Algeri'.

Now returned to New Zealand, Claire is based back in Dunedin as a performer and voice teacher.

Jo Fitzgerald - Council Member

Jo Fitzgerald

Jo is a voice teacher specialising in contemporary music styles. She has a special interest in vocal function and pedagogy, which leads to ongoing professional development and learning opportunities.

She graduated from Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) with a Bachelor of Music (Performance, Improvisation) and in the years following performed with jazz ensembles around Melbourne and taught singing at various schools.

Jo is based in Auckland and is the contemporary voice teacher at St Cuthbert’s College and Diocesan School for Girls. She is certified in Levels I, II and III of Somatic VoiceworkTM The LoVetri Method and includes the principles of this method in her teaching.

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.