Lisa Rangi - President

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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.

Clare Martin - Council Member


Born in New Zealand, Clare gained a Bachelor of Music at Victoria University before studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and a scholarship to the National Opera Studio in London.She has worked with conductors from Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera and has sung with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Clare has performed as a recital and oratorio artist in UK and NZ most notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London.Clare has also worked in event administration at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and as Assistant Manager for a busy international touring company, The Garden Opera Company, UK.Since 1996 Clare has been performing and teaching both in the UK and in NZ. This has included extra teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music, private teaching in Manchester, London, and Guildford. More recently she's returned to Auckland's North Shore where she has a busy sing teaching practice. Clare performs as a recitalist and soloist in Auckland and has run many vocal workshops for Auckland choirs and singing groups.
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Linden Loader - Council Member

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Linden Loader, a Wellington based Mezzo Soprano and winner of the 1981 Mobil Song Quest, is a frequent performer on the opera and oratorio platforms throughout New Zealand. After completing a performance Bachelor’s in music she continued her post grad studies at the Guildhall in London. She is a recording artist for radio New Zealand and has recorded several CD’s. Linden has a particular interest in New Zealand composed music. She has recently completed a performance Masters from Waikato University.

Linden is currently heading the Classical Singing section of the Wellington School of Music Young Musician’s Programme, has tutored on the NZSM vocal programme as an artist tutor and regularly adjudicates throughout New Zealand.

Recent performances include: Opera in the Bull–ring two years running, a recording of the last movement of the ‘Life Quartet’ by Alfred Hill, a selection of Mahler songs with Wgtn ChamberOrchestra. Recorded a show and tell scene for a Gareth Farropera and performed in NBR Opera’s production of ‘The BarteredBride’ ‘Madame Butterfly’. A Messiah in Hawkes Bay.

Future performances include: NBR‘s production of ‘The Flying Dutchman’ several recitals throughout the North Island.

Critics have said of recent performances: ‘I love the quality of Linden Loader’s voice and it suits the solos in the Messiah. . . her rich low register bloomed in ‘He was Despised’ Dompost

‘Beautiful in sight and sound’ Evening Post

‘Linden Loader’s beautifully produced voice flattered the music.’ Dompost

Sharon Yearsley - Council Member


BMus(Hons); 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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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 various webmaster and web-editing roles over the past 8 years and is delighted to use her skills within her own industry.