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Upper North Island

Calvin Baker

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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 tutelage 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.

Sally Barratt-Boyes

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Sally holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Singing Performance from Victoria University of Wellington and has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Music Teaching (PGDipMusTch) from the New Zealand School of Music graduating with Distinction. She has studied in London with David Harper, with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of NZ and the Blair Trust, and in Milan with Maestro Vincenzo Manno. Recently, Sally completed Estill Voice Training Levels 1 & 2. Sally has worked as a musical director, choral soloist, and adjudicator, and has undertaken roles in opera both in London and Wellington as well as roles in professional music theatre. She has also worked as a vocal backing singer for documentaries and short New Zealand films and has enjoyed forays into the film acting world as an extra on movies such as King Kong and Avatar, and two New Zealand television series, Bread and Roses, and Fallout.

Sally has taught singing privately, both individuals and groups, for over 25 years. She is a former NEWZATS (New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing) Council member and contributes to the NEWZATS newsletter. In 2015 one of Sally’s students won a Trinity College Exhibition Award for Advanced Certificate in Singing. For nearly six years Sally taught singing to the actors at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School where she emphasised the importance of accessing the whole voice in order to tell the story of a song with naturalness and freedom.

After moving from Wellington to Auckland Sally is setting up a teaching studio in Murrays Bay on Auckland’s North Shore, and Warkworth.

Dr. Sue Braatvedt

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I have a Ph.D in music education (Canterbury University, Christchurch, 2002) and I have been a professional opera singer all my life.  I have taught singing for many years in different countries to students of all ages.  I have also lectured and run master classes for tertiary students, run singing workshops, adjudicated vocal contests and examined vocal students.  I returned to Auckland in December 2010 after living in Melbourne for 8 years.  

I have performed as solo mezzo soprano artist in all the major centres in South Africa, in Boston and New York City (U.S.A), in New Zealand, and in Australia.  I have sung over 40 operatic roles and I have performed as a soloist in numerous concerts and oratorios.  In South Africa I was a contracted solo artist for many years, during which time I was awarded the Nederburg Prize for Opera for my performance of ‘Amneris’ in AIDA, and the Vita Award for Opera for ‘Maddalena’ in RIGOLETTO.  My name has appeared in the Who’s Who of Southern Africa annually since 1986.  In Australia I was engaged by Opera Australia, Opera South Australia, Opera Queensland, Melbourne Opera, Melbourne City Opera and Melbourne Lyric Opera.  In 2008 I was nominated for a GREEN ROOM AWARD for the role of ‘The Princess’ in SUOR ANGELICA for Melbourne Opera.

In New Zealand I performed for Canterbury Opera as ‘Marzellina’ in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, ‘Marthe’ in FAUST, ‘Suzuki’ in MADAME BUTTERFLY, and ‘Olga’ in EUGENE ONEGIN.

Some operatic highlights in my career include ‘Azucena’ in IL TROVATORE, ‘Santuzza’ in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, the title role of CARMEN, ‘Dorabella’ in COSI FAN TUTTE, ‘Anita’ in LA NAVARRAISE, ‘Nicklausse’ in LES CONTES d’ HOFFMANN,  ‘Zerlina’ in DON GIOVANNI and ‘Madame Flora’ in THE MEDIUM. 


Annemarie Gasparini

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Annemarie studied piano and singing with Ann Stott, and learnt the cello at secondary school. She furthered her piano studies with Sr Joan Hopkinson at St Mary’s in Ponsonby. After starting a family, a love of singing demanded a return to singing studies.

Annemarie continues to learn with respected teacher and mentor Janice Webb QSM. Annemarie has a successful teaching career, both in schools and continuing private practice. She has also accompanied many students for their NCEA Music performances and practical music exams.

Singing has played an increasingly important role having been a soloist at many weddings and celebrations. Choral singing has been a highlight with Annemarie performing regularly as a choir member and soloist with Show West Singers a West Auckland based choir. The choir produced many concerts at the Glen Eden Playhouse and also took part in local arts events and Christmas celebrations.

For the last 17 years Annemarie has worked for the international music examination board Trinity College London. Trinity hold practical exams in Drama, Music, and Rock & Pop in New Zealand each year. Currently Annemarie is the Auckland and Northland Representative for Trinity College London, a role she thoroughly enjoys, making internationally recognised arts qualifications available to our students.

Cathie Harrop

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Cathie Harrop LRSM/LTCL  

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 Internationally 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.


Margaret Lindsay

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Margaret completed a B.A. and Dip Tchg at Auckland University and LTCL (Tchg)  and FTCL in voice with Beatrice Webster.

Her participation in Newzats, International Voice Conferences and Estill Training Courses provides the understanding to help people develop a good vocal technique that will see them through a life time of music making.

A love of all sorts of music has led to a lifetime of musical participation. From singing with Perkel Opera, Auckland Opera and Opera NZ to performances at outdoor concerts, festivals, choral societies and musical theatre. As well as solo work, Margaret has a great love of choral music and has performed with many choirs as well as being musical director of a 30 strong Community Choir in Kumeu and a local choir in Grey Lynn.

As well as teaching for many years, Margaret has adjudicated at Auckland singing competitions.

Clare Martin


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 Welsh National Opera and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Clare has performed as an opera, recital and oratorio artist in UK and NZ most notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London. 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.  Since 2008 she has been based on Auckland's North Shore where she runs a busy music studio and she also teaches singing at Massey High School. Clare has conducted vocal ensembles and run many workshops for Auckland choirs. Most recently she featured as a vocal mentor for TVNZ's "The Naked Choir".

Lynda McDowall

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Lynda is an experienced early childhood educator (New Zealand Playcentre Federation Certificate), junior music specialist and a member of IRMT.

In February 1993, Lynda opened the Majors ‘n’ Minors studio in Harrisville Road, Pukekohe East, now 24 years of providing music programmes to mostly young people in the wider Counties/Franklin community. There are 6 teachers working under the studio umbrella offering individual tuition in voice, strings, woodwind, piano and theory. Also offered are musical theatre groups, a rock band, theory groups, an adult choir and an orchestra. Until semi-retirement from group work a year ago, Lynda organised and conducted the Majors ‘n’ Minors children’s choir and ran “Brainfood” groups for pre-schoolers – both groups have now merged with other programmes. Lynda’s daughter, Sarah, now organises all the existing studio groups and Lynda is happy to be the administrator! For many years Lynda staged children’s productions for both schools and churches as well as the M & M annual productions but she now specialises in nurturing younger voices in one-on-one singing lessons.

Lynda worked for several years as a tutor at the Saturday Morning Music School in Papakura and also did a full year as visiting school music specialist for a local school. Since 2001 Lynda has been the Instrumental Convenor for the South Auckland Performing Arts Society competitions. She is also the Vice President / Secretary of this society (SAPACS), leads the Piano Team and assists with running the Vocal Section. Three times a year Lynda hosts an examination centre for ABRSM practical exams and once a year for Trinity College. The M & M vocal students have a 100% pass rate and the teachers are always thrilled when students are asked to sing in the High Scorer concerts.

Fay McNeil

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h: (09) 8455446

Fay McNeil studied under Dame Sr Mary Leo, Anthea Moller and Frances Wilson in NZ, Brian Hansford in Melbourne and at the London Opera Centre. Master Classes include Tito Gobbi, Rudolf Piernay, Sir Geraint Evans and Sir Donald McIntyre.

She has had much competition success including Dunedin Aria and was a semi-finalist in the Sydney Sun Aria. She has performed opera for TV, toured for the Music Federation in the Opera Quartet and Quintet, and has done many radio broadcasts, recitals, and concert work featuring arias, lieder, art songs and music theatre along with contemporary ballads.

Fay has been teaching for 25 years. Pupils have gone on to work professionally in opera, theatre and television. She regularly attends conferences in NZ and overseas as part of her professional development and takes all ages and stages from beginners to diploma students and teaches theory to Grade 5. She is also a leader in church worship music. 

Operatic roles include; Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Musetta (La Boheme), Laetitia (Old Maid and The Thief) Micaela, Frasquita (Carmen, ) Kate (Madama Butterfly), Calisto (Daphnis and Chloe), Mme Silbertonen (The Impresario), Amelia (Amelia al Ballo), Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro), Norah, (Riders to the Sea) and Senta – understudy (The Flying Dutchman). Oratorio includes Messiah, Elijah, Creation, Vivaldi’s Gloria. 

James Roberson

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h: (09) 9711960

James Roberson is a studio singing and high school teacher based in South Auckland. James completed a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts Conjoint Degree with a triple Major in Classical Performance Voice, Drama and English. James also completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) in 2015.

James is a passionate singer and singing teacher and intends to further his own studies into studio vocal pedagogy in the near future. James’ pedagogy focuses around freeing the natural voice and he draws on scholarly sources, including Richard Miller, Estill and the Alexander Technique in his teaching of singing. James aims to deliver a holistic understanding to singing students with a focus on both scaffolded technique and expression through text.

James prepares students for graded examinations through Trinity College, ABRSM as well as NCEA assessments. James also prepares students for entry into University Classical Performance Voice programmes (BMUS). James is confident working with already performing singers and can give advice and assistance with repertoire challenges and technical difficulties, which can be done in the form of check in coaching or ongoing private tuition as required by the student/professional.

Gina Sanders

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BMus(Auck), FTCL(voice), BA, BMus Hons(Qld), ATCL(piano), AIRMT(NZ)

Gina has a very busy multifaceted career as one of NZ’s leading soprano soloists, an advanced teacher and choral conductor, and also as an examiner. 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 12 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 26 years of membership with NEWZATS, she served six as the Editor of the NEWZATS journal and 12 on Council. She has a particular interest harnessing the natural qualities of individual voices.

Katharine Watts

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KATHARINE WATTS, soprano, trained in Auckland and subsequently in London. A fluent linguist, her well-established solo career includes a special passion for the concert song. She devises and performs innovative thematic recitals with her accompanist, Peter Watts, exploring eclectic repertoire. Katharine has sung as oratorio soloist with major choirs in Auckland and Britain, and performed and broadcast in numerous small ensembles, currently the soprano duo Two’s Company and the sextet Calico Jam. Active as a voice teacher, clinician and adjudicator, Katharine is past-President of NEWZATS, organizing many national conferences, and has been a regular delegate to the ICVT. She is an external examiner in voice for the University of Auckland. She has travelled to Britain, USA, Finland, Australia and Canada to further her teaching skills. Katharine is a contributor to the publications of NEWZATS and ANATS, and a peer reviewer for VASTA.

Central North Island

Stephanie Acraman

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New Zealand born Stephanie Acraman returned to New Zealand in 2016 to take up the position as Head of Voice, and Head of Performance at the Waikato University Conservatorium of Music. After 16 years living and working in Australia, Stephanie felt it was time to bring back what she had learned abroad to pass on to our young up-coming New Zealand singers. She is an active performer of Classical, Music Theatre and Jazz repertoire, having performed as a soloist at the Sydney Opera House, The Angkor Wat Temples and the Hanoi Opera House with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra.

Stephanie has performed with Opera Australia, Opera New Zealand and Alexander Productions in both Grand Opera and Contemporary Opera. She sang the lead role of Kittie Hart for the Sydney Premiere of "Dead Man Walking", alongside Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Warwick Fyfe, and the lead role of Fiordiligi in NZ Opera's National Tour of Cosi Fan Tutte. Stephanie also premiered the role of Jessie for Michael Williams' "Juniper Passion" that toured Italy (with CD recording), and Mary in The Prodigal Child (also with CD recording).

Commencing her performing career as a dancer, Stephanie moved on to explore voice and trained under the tutelage of renowned vocal teacher Anthea Moller, and has also worked with coaches such as David Harper and Simon Kenway. Stephanie has now taught voice and stagecraft for the last 21 years in Australia and New Zealand. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students in New Zealand now, and is a highly sought after speaker and teacher. She was involved as a Project Director for many WotOpera seasons, a project teaching high school aged students how to write an opera, through to production and performance level. Stephanie has a CD of Jazz works that she is currently co-producing, that will be released in 2018, and is also regularly involved in writing and producing festival and cabaret works.

As a young singer, Stephanie was a recipient of the NEWZATS Richard Miller Scholarship, travelling to Sydney in 1997 for his Vocal Conference, and also participated in masterclasses with David Harper during the NEWZATS conference, somewhere around that time.

Jan Beets

(Bay of Plenty)
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h: (07) 544 2833

Jan Beets Dip Tchg, ATCL Trinity College.

Jan feels very fortunate to have trained in classical singing with Barbara Nicholls.

Since then she has performed with the Tauranga Civic Choir and the Scholars Pro Musica Choir and in many musical theatre roles. She was mentored by Irene Bartlett as a trainee tutor at the 2009 NZ Singing School and developed the Bel Canto Studio in Tauranga, teaching people from 5 to 85 in a variety of genres from classical to contemporary. Her passion is musical theatre and in the last 17 years has been the musical director and performed in over 25 shows. Jan tutors the Junior Choir at Papamoa College and is their itinerant voice teacher and she also teaches privately at Tauranga Girls’ College. 

Julia Booth

Julia Booth
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h: 07 8551555

Julia Booth is a classically trained soprano (MMus) based in Hamilton who performs regularly throughout New Zealand. Her love of performance is rivaled only by her passion for empowering people to demystify their voice. An alumnus of the NZ Opera School, Julia was introduced to the Estill Voice System (EVS) through the work of the school’s senior lecturer Paul Farrington. Julia was fascinated by Jo Estill’s model and since pursued a pathway within EVS. While under the mentorship of Paul Farrington, Julia has studied with some of the world’s leading presenters of the model including Anne-Marie Speed (UK), Kiereen Lock (UK) and Helen Tiller (Australia). She is now a Certified Master Teacher with the Estill Voice Training System, one of only two in New Zealand. Julia works with performers and occupational voice users from across New Zealand. Outside of her private studio, Julia has been the voice lecturer at WINTEC (School of Media Arts) in Hamilton, NZ and the University of Canterbury (School of Music) and an itinerant singing teacher at St Peter’s School in Cambridge, NZ.

Hannah Bryant

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Hannah completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Classical Vocal Performance at the University of Auckland in 2013.

She is an Auckland-born soprano with a love of choral music and oratorio, having featured as a soloist and chorister with the Hamilton Civic Choir, North Shore Chorale, Auckland Youth Choir, Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir, and Bach Music NZ.

Hannah is passionate about music education, engaging with the community, and equipping youngsters with vocal knowledge. She is also an advocate for the soloists involvement in choirs and ensembles to enhance their development and musicianship. She has experience with a range of ages, having taught beginner adults privately for the last four years, and held voice teaching positions at Kings School, St Kentigern College, Marist College and Baradene College in Auckland.

She has put students through NCEA assessments and Associated Board of Royal Schools exams with Distinction. Hannah now lives in Hamilton, teaching singing at Southwell School, St Pauls Collegiate School and St Peter’s Cambridge, where she is also directing the Junior and Senior Choirs. Hannah has completed Estill Voice Training Levels 1 and 2, and will complete her Kodaly Primary Level 1 in 2017.

Philippa Drinkwater

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Philippa Drinkwater has 25 years' vocal performance experience as well as teaching experience in singing, music theatre, choirs, song writing and piano.

Philippa studied classical voice at the Wellington Polytechnic/Massey University, graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Executant Music in the late 1990s. She has been a regular performer on the UK stage since with the London Philharmonic Choir and has continued her vocal training in London, particularly with an interest in CCM (contemporary commercial music).

She has attended the Estill Voice Training workshop Levels 1 and 2 and also has Grade 8 in classical piano from Trinity College of Music. For further details, please visit her website:

Coryn Knapper

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Coryn holds an L.T.C.L.  diploma in singing and runs a busy studio in Hamilton, preparing students for competitions, exams and auditions. She specialises in musical theatre, having been musical director for more than twenty-five shows.  In 2016 Coryn was given a Merit Award by Musical Theatre NZ and in 2017 was appointed a judge for Musical Theatre Zony Awards.

Coryn also teaches classical singing and theory and has performed extensively with Opera Waikato, the Hamilton Civic Choir, St Peter’s Cathedral Choir, Musikmakers and the Hamilton Operatic Society. She holds a Higher Diploma of Teaching and is widely experienced in working with youth in schools, on productions and as a Riverlea Stagecraft Tutor. In 2009 Coryn received a Rotary Award for outstanding service to music in the Waikato.

Claire Mason

(Bay of Plenty)
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w: (07) 348 6081
h: (07) 348 6081

LTCL Teachers Dip (Piano & Theory),  ATCL Recital (Singing),Dip IRMT (Singing)
I enjoy working from my home studio  as a private teaching of singing, piano & theory and also work as an itinerant piano teacher at a local College. I commenced teaching piano & theory in 1980 and took singing lessons as an adult student completing an ATCL recital in Singing under the late K.Barbara Nicholls - a foundation member of NEWZATS.I have taught singing since the late 1990's and work mainly with school age students. I strongly believe music is beneficial for all age groups.  I am a section leader for our local District Choir, a member of: Rotorua District Choir, Rotorua Musical Theatre, IRMTNZ and IRMT Rotorua Branch. The latter is a very active Branch and we are proud of the opportunities we provide for our teachers, students and the wider public to help foster a love for music and the continual upskilling of our students and ourselves.

Beverley Pullon

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Beverley holds a DMA and FTCL in singing and runs a busy studio in Hamilton teaching singing, piano and theory. She enjoys teaching students from a wide range of ages, cultural and educational backgrounds from her home studio and preparing them for exams, competitions and auditions.

Beverley carried out independent research considering the relationship of the cricothyroid space to vocal range in female singers, which was subsequently published.

Beverley has had numerous lead operatic roles (including four world premiere) with varying opera companies in New Zealand and overseas. Operatic roles include: Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) , Butterfly (Madama Butterfly), Madame Hertz (The Impresario), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Miss Pinkerton (Old Maid and The Thief), Countess, Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro), Betly (Betly), Micaela (Carmen), Norina (Don Pasquale), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Nella (Gianni Schicci ), Nedda (I Pagliacci). Oratorio includes: Messiah, Elijah, Creation, Christmas Crackers, Magnificat, Dixit Dominus, Mass in D minor, Mass in C, Star of Bethlehem. Qualifications: DMA, FTCL, AIRMT, CFP (Certificate for Figure Proficiency- Estill), PGDIP (Hons), BMus (Hons))

Lisa Rangi

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Lisa Rangi has a Diploma of Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, her LTCL in performance singing, and is currently working towards an FTCL in musical theatre.

She became involved in music at a young age, with a first stage role of Gretel in The Sound Of Music, and singing with the National Youth Choir and Secondary Schools' choir. She went on to train with Beatrice Webster, Gabrielle Barr and Joan Kennaway. Lisa has performed with an award-winning Sweet Adelines chorus, and has appeared in lead roles in many musical theatre productions including Chess, Les Miserables, Cats, 42nd Street (tap-dancing!), Cabaret and And The World Goes ‘Round. She has been a soloist for shows including Christmas at the Bowl, Wearable Arts, with the Ars Nova Choir, in a jazz band and with an entertainment duo - Class Act.

Lisa has a very busy studio with 30 students, teaches in two girls high schools, as well as teaching music and drama in a primary school. Here she directs a young choir, Mcfizzys and holds a successful annual showcase. She also directs a small women’s ensemble made up of pupils. Over 25 years of teaching she has a 100% success rate of teaching Trinity Music, Trinity Musical Theatre and ANZCA exams.

Judy Tallon

(Bay of Plenty)
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h: (07) 576 4473

I am a nearly retired teacher in Tauranga but still actively  involved in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition Soc. vocal section; in helping convene the Waikato/BOP BIG SING Regional Festival and conducting the St Mary's Church Choir once a month.  Choral singing is my passion.

Kath Woodley

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Kath Woodley has had a very varied musical career. After piano, organ and University studies, she was for many years a secondary school science teacher. As a performer, she was a vocal recitalist and soloist. In 1990 she was awarded a PPTA Secondary Teachers Award. Since that time, she has worked in Secondary schools as a Head of Music and as an Itinerant Vocal Teacher in Waikato Schools.

Kath lives in Hamilton where she has a very full schedule-teaching over 40 singers from beginning to diploma level in all genres. Over the years she has been much involved with music in the community: as performer, soloist, conductor, accompanist and also organizer of concerts and workshops. She has been Choir Director for the Waikato Children’s Choir and the Waikato Secondary Schools Choir. Kath has a particular interest in ‘late start’ singers and in teaching good technique to beginning singers.

Kath has done a number of research papers and has completed  her thesis on ‘Voice Science and Vocal Pedagogy’ to finish her Master of Music. She presented a paper on Vocal Mentoring to ICVT (International Conference of Vocal Teachers) in Paris in 2009. She is a Past President of New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing (NEWZATS). In 2011 she published her firs family history book, ‘Bog Irish Micks’ which was nominated for the NZ Post Book Awards in 2012 and has since published 2 more.. Kath studied at Ohio State University with Dr Scott McCoy in 2013 where she studied the uses of a Voice Laboratory in Voice Research .She attended  ICVT in Brisbane that year. She is currently enrolled at Auckland University for her PhD. Qualifications: B.Sc, Dip.Teach, LTCL, Dip.IRMT, Pg Dip Ed, M.Mus


Lower North Island

Ruth Armishaw

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BMus & BMus(Hons), Performers' Certificate Piano (TCL)

Ruth Armishaw is a Wellington based musician, performer and educator, with 17 years experience teaching Youth Vocal Arts at a variety of schools, music centres and academies in groups and individually. Her vocal philosophy focuses on versatility and choice.

"Equipped with a full palette of colours and a wide range of brushes, a vocal artist can paint any picture they choose."

Starting as a child with the Hutt Operatic Society and progressing through the Wellington Junior Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Youth Choir, NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, NZ Youth Choir and Wellington Musical Theatre, Ruth Armishaw had early exposure to a variety of musical genres. She holds a BMus and BMus(Hons) in Vocal Jazz Performance from Massey University and NZ School of Music, as well as a Performers Certicate in Piano through Trinity College London.

Now a chameleon of the Wellington music scene, you could easily see her singing and playing jazz in a restaurant on Thursday, singing Brazilian Samba in a bar on Friday, on stage at the St James' in an opera on Saturday, and singing with new professional vocal ensemble Inspirare on a Sunday evening. Notably, she has been a member of NZ Opera’s Wellington chorus since 2002, performing in 25 operas for the company, as well as operas and choral works in the NZ International Arts Festivals. She has been involved in several NZ Fringe festivals as performer, musical director, composer and producer, and in 2012 debuted her first musical theatre piece, Have Voice; Will Sing. After graduating, Ruth toured in the United States with an international vocal quintet, performing and taking workshops at schools sharing musical aspects of their five cultures. With a particular love for South American music, Ruth sings with Wellington’s Brazilian diva Alda Rezende in her band Samba Society, and performs as a guest in other Latin bands periodically.

Paloma Bruce

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BMus(1st Class Hons) Performance Voice, VUW

Paloma Bruce teaches absolute beginners up to post-tertiary/professional level. Her teaching is inspired by the Swedish-Italian school of technique and focuses on developing healthy technique that can last a lifetime. Her pupils sing music from various genres including classical and music theatre to jazz, rock, pop and their own songwriting.

Paloma is passionate about helping singers who cannot sing in tune and has helped many to find their voice and perform in amateur and professional gigs. Paloma has also successfully assisted singers to recover from vocal nodules and polyps and singers suffering from other vocal and lung problems including disphonia and COPD.

Paloma has a Bachelor of Music with first class honours majoring in Performance Voice from Victoria University. She also was an Emerging Artist with NZ Opera and has performed lead roles in operas/operettas and performed with orchestras and choirs around NZ and the UK. After moving to the UK to study at the Royal College of Music in London and working as a freelance opera singer, Paloma realised that her greatest passion was teaching. She was delighted to move back to New Zealand in 2015 and to be able to share her passion with singers here.

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Geoffrey Coker

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MA (Cambridge), BMus (Victoria), LTCL, LMusTCL, AIRMT
Geoffrey is a past President of NEWZATS (1998 - 2000)

After graduating BMus from Victoria University, Geoffrey Coker was awarded a Choral Scholarship to King's College Cambridge where he sang in the Choir under both Sir David Willcocks and Sir Philip Ledger. While a member of the choir he took part in eight recordings for the EMI and Argo labels, two programmes for BBCTV, two concerts as part of the Aldeburgh Festival and toured Belgium, Canada, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

At the age of 12 he made is first professional appearance in a Royal command performance of the New Zealand opera, a Unicorn for Christmas by Ngaio Marsh and David Farquhar. During an active solo singing career as a Counter-tenor in New Zealand and Australia he sang with leading Choral Societies and Orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic. He has also performed in concerts, broadcasts and Television Programmes in Australia, Europe and North America, and recorded on the Kiwi Pacific and Ely labels.

Geoffrey Coker retired as lecturer and coordinator of Classical Theory at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. He is an examiner in Music for Trinity College London and also adjudicates both vocal and instrumental classes at competitions throughout New Zealand. Although having taught at University level, Geoffrey also values the time he spends examining at grade level and conducting workshops for both teachers, and students of all ages. His main interest in workshops is the application of theory and aural skills to performance.

His commitments mean that he is not able to give regular singing lessons but does take students who are preparing for Diplomas, University audition, or sing in auditioned choirs on a week-by-week basis.

Tania Dreaver

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h: 04 9710304

Tania Dreaver is a postgraduate of Trinity College of Music London, and has a Diploma from Auckland University and EIT (Honours). She has trained in Bel Canto and musical theatre styles with Flora Edwards and John Wakefield.

She has 13 years experience as a private voice teacher in her studio, tutored in Spotlight Performing Arts School and within local schools.

Tania’s professional experience includes New Zealand Opera and Holland Park Opera and regular engagements with musical theatre companies in NZ and UK.

She is produced and sang ‘Eustasio’ for the Opera RINALDO for Trinity College of Music,London, with Steven Stead from ENO.

She is the co-founder of Wing It Productions Ltd. producing NUNSENSE and sang ‘Sister Amnesia’ at The Gryphon, Wellington.

Professional engagements include ‘Third Flower Maiden’ for PARSIFAL under conductor Nicholas Braithwaite. ‘Dido’ from DIDO AND AENEAS, ‘Bloody Mary’ from SOUTH PACIFIC, for Brent Stewart and ‘Pilgrim’ in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO at Opera Holland Park where she worked with conductors such as Sir Richard Bonynge, and was directed by Simon Callow from FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL.

Tania is a trained Registered Nurse with 15 years experience, and dedicated to helping vulnerable children training for ‘The Candle Project’, Trinity Hospice, London.

Bruce Greenfield

m: 0274 462211
h: (04) 902 1564

BRUCE GREENFIELD is one of New Zealand's finest accompanists and vocal coaches
He was Artistic Administrator of  Wellington City Opera for the years 1996-1999 and is currently Principal Repetiteur and Head of Music staff for the NBR New Zealand Opera.
He has worked  as coach and accompanist to leading N.Z. singers such as Dame Malvina Major, Barry Mora, Sir Donald MacIntyre, Christopher Doig, Margaret Medlyn, Richard Greager, Keith Lewis, Rodney Macann, Benjamin Makisi, Jenny Wollerman, Jonathan Lemalu, Aivale Cole, Phillip Rhodes and Paul Whelan. As accompanist at masterclasses he has worked with visiting artists such as Dame Sarah Walker, Sir Donald MacIntyre, Tom Krause, Luciano Pavarotti, Grace Bumbry, and most recently with Elizabeth Connell.
He is vocal/coach and accompanist to senior voice students at the NZSM and every year works as official accompanist for the Gisborne International Music Competition and as vocal coach/accompanist for the NZ Opera School at Whanganui.

Jane Keller

Jane Keller
m: 021 120 3154
h: 04 387 2662

Jane Keller graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Vocal Pedagogy. Although classically trained and with over 30 years operatic experience, Jane's real loves are musical theatre, cabaret and jazz. U.S. audiences will remember Jane appearing in many musicals and being the principal comic mezzo with the Columbus Light Opera Company. 

Jane specialises in teaching musical theatre singing styles and repertoire. These singing styles include lyric, twang and belt. If you're interested in being taught by Jane, please contact her.

She has a large private singing studio in Wellington. Jane also teaches singing on the Musical Theatre Course at Whitireia. Jane has been a long time tutor at the IFAC Handa NZ Singing School. She has also taught in the Jazz School at NZSM and was the singing teacher for many years at Toi Whakaari: NZ National Drama School. Jane lives in Wellington with her husband Richard and their 25 year old son Sam.

Since moving to NZ 29 years ago, Jane has concentrated on writing and performing her cabaret shows. Jane’s first two one woman cabaret shows BIGGER IS BETTER and DO I HAVE TO GET NAKED? were performed in New Zealand and the U.S. to critical acclaim. BOOMERS BEHAVING BADLY had a three week sell out season at Circa Theatre in Wellington and then a hugely successful 5 week NZ tour. Jane’s most recent cabaret show YEP, STILL GOT IT! premiered at Circa in 2015 to rave reviews and full houses. Jane, Geraldine Brophy and Michael Nicholas Williams collaborated and performed FLORAL NOTES in Wellington at Circa in 2012 and then toured NZ. Geraldine wrote this show for herself and Jane.

Loretta Lander

w: (04) 479 2542
h: (04) 479 2542

Loretta Lander has participated in many musical activities in Wellington throughout her life. She holds the diplomas LTCL & FTCL in solo singing. A registered teacher of singing & theory of music since 1968. Her performances have included  solo radio broadcasts, soprano solo appearances with local choirs, participating in productions of opera in the 1970's & performances with the Orpheus Choir. During the 1980's & up until 1992, Loretta turned her knowledge of singing & theatre in particular, to the job of Production Secretary for the Wellington City Opera & International Festival of the Arts opera productions in that period. Teaching the art & enjoyment of singing over the past 20 years has again been her main Interest.

Linden Loader

m: 0276316692
h: (04) 478 2362

Linden Loader, a Wellington based Mezzo Soprano and winner of the 1981 Mobil Song Quest, is a frequent performer on the opera and concert platforms around 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 Young Performers Programme, has tutored on the NZSM vocal programme as an artist tutor and regularly adjudicates and conducts masterclasses throughout New Zealand. Linden's large teaching studio has seen many students go on to bigger and brighter things both here in New Zealand and overseas.

Steph Milne

m: 021 40 40 60
h: 06 355 0585

ATCL (singing), AMusTCL
Steph Milne discovered her love of singing at high school, becoming a founding member of the school’s award winning acapella group “The First Fifteen”. Going on to perform both as a soloist and backing vocalist in a variety of musical theatre shows, she has a passion for many musical genres including classical, folk and contemporary.
Her music studio is ideally located in the CBD of Palmerston North at the Square Edge Community Arts Centre - an environment that is safe, supportive and provides students with opportunities to perform in a community setting e.g. open-mike nights at local cafe, live entertainment at Square Edge markets and events hosted by the various Square Edge tenants.
Steph welcomes students of all ages and levels of experience, whether they are just singing for recreation or have specific goals. She is happy to provide expert advice and support for students wishing to sit exams in classical and contemporary musical styles and/or take part in regional competitions and audition for musical theatre shows.
Previously trained as a registered nurse, Steph is a strong advocate for healthy vocal technique, body alignment and breath control. She directs a local acapella choir for adults and also runs a music ‘theory club’ during school holidays.

Marguerite Tait-Jamieson

(Wairarapa, Wellington)
m: 021 441193
w: 6463088289
h: 06 3088289

B.A (Music - VUW) Marguerite has been active as a singing teacher for the last 12 years. She is the President of the Hutt Valley Competition Society and convenor of the Junior Vocal and the Wellington Aria. She is also a choir director with two choirs at the St Matthews Collegiate and the Featherston Gentleman Singers.

Roger Wilson

m: 0211687899
h: (04) 970 3451

Graduate University of Otago

Post-graduate study:

Universität Zürich, Switzerland

Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, Detmold Germany

Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Rheinland, Cologne, Germany

Self-employed opera and concert singer throughout New Zealand for many years, frequent recitalist, recording artist and broadcaster. Former University tutor in German and French for musicians.

Private teacher of singing and language coach

Sharon Yearsley

m: 021 476 772
w: 021 476 772

Sharon Yearsley

BMus(Hons); MMusTher (Hons)

Sharon is has been teaching singing in high schools as an itinerant singing specialist and as a private practitioner since 2003. 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 in many operas since 2004. She is a member of Inspirare, a professional choir in Wellington. In 2017 Sharon began singing for the most important audience of her life, her wee son Edward. He enjoys her renditions of everything from Mozart to Monty Python to Morrisette. 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 the NEWZATS council. 

Upper South Island

Caroline Harvey

(Nelson Bays)
m: 0272260071

Caroline achieved her ATCL teacher’s examinations in both Piano and Singing by age 20, studying under Sister Mary Leone, Kathleen Barnett, Nancy Woolford (nee Stayner) & tutors in Australia, and has recently obtained her LTCL examination in Performance Singing. After obtaining a double degree in Australia (BA (English)/BBus (Management)) and pursuing a successful career in banking, Caroline returned to her first love of music. Currently a tutor at Garin College, Caroline enjoys teaching a variety of different styles with the main aim of keeping music relevant and fun, adapting her method to meet the student’s needs. Caroline loves teaching children and is experienced with beginners. She welcomes your enquiries.

Erica Sim

(Nelson Bays)
m: 0274 837 048
h: 03 547 8483

Based in Stoke, Nelson I am the Immediate Past NEWZATS President and Vice President.   I teach all ages and promote the following to potential students;

Learn to sing with confidence
Learn technique
Find your natural voice
Learn performance skills
Classical, contemporary and music theatre repertoire
Prepare for exams, competitions, NCEA and performance and take a choir at Waimea College.

Waiting list only - please phone or email me to discuss.

Barbara Walton


m: 0212612383
w: 0212612383
h: (03) 338 4703

Lower South Island

Judy Bellingham

m: 021 707 817
h: (03) 474 5611

Judy Bellingham is the William Evans Associate Professor in Voice at the University of Otago.  She trained in Christchurch with Mary Adams-Taylor and Joan Davies, in Australia with Dame Joan Hammond and Antonio Moretti-Pananti, and in England with Otakar Kraus. She has sung many operatic roles, including creating 6 roles in New Zealand operas, and has sung as soloist with all the major Choirs and Orchestras in this country.  

Judy's concert repertoire is extensive and she enjoys all genres of vocal music.  She was a national recording artist for both the Australian Broadcasting Commission and Radio New Zealand Concert. Recent concert tours include South America in 2004 and the Baltic States, Portugal and Spain in 2010 as soprano soloist with CBS Music from Christchurch, and a solo recital tour of Libya in 2008 with colleague Terence Dennis. Judy is a widely respected singing teacher and was President of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing for 6 years. In addition to her University work, she operates a busy private studio. Judy's students regularly achieve well in Competitions, both nationally and internationally. She is an Examiner for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board and the Australian Music Examinations Board, and has been aVocal Consultant to the New Zealand Youth Choir. Judy is in demand as an adjudicator of both vocal and choral Festivals, and as a vocal clinician throughout the country and internationally. In 2010 she worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the Royal Copenhagen Chapel Choir, the David Jorlett Chorale in the USA and the Dan Laoghaire Choral Society in Dublin. She has taught for Glyndebourne Opera, and from 1998 - 2010  was  the Guest Vocal Lecturer at the International Music Festival held annually at Tunghai University in Taiwan. In 2011, Tunghai University awarded Judy a Visiting Professorship.

Judy is the Director of the New Zealand Singing School, Te Wananga Toi Waiata  She is the author of a book on how to learn to sight-sing Sing what you see, See what you Sing and has recorded a CD of New Zealand songs and a DVD Songs of Old Dunedin.  

Her DVD of vocal warm-ups Warm Me up, Judy!  Is to be alunched in July at the Brisbane ICVT. Future plans include the completion of her research into the history of the teaching of singing in New Zealand, and research into the influence that the New Zealand environment has on the composition of vocal literature by New Zealand composers.

Lois Johnston

Lois Johnston Dec2015 City Choir Head shot
m: 0211312969
h: 035523051

BA(Mus), PGDip(Opera), LRSM, ALCM
After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Lois spent the next 10 years performing early and contemporary music. An invitation to perform as one of the Flowermaidens in a BBC Proms performance of “Parsifal” sparked a love-affair with opera and she returned to study at Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained a postgraduate performance diploma in opera. Lois then trod the boards of opera houses and concert halls around Europe and has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s finest conductors and directors.

Lois moved permanently to New Zealand in 2007, where she continues to teach and perform a variety of styles and genres. She co-founded the early music ensemble Canterbury Baroque, and The Little Box of Operas and formed the band Café Operana amongst other ventures. She has taught at the University of Canterbury and the Pettman Junior Academy, and continue to teach the ChristChurch Cathedral boy choristers and at Columba College here in Dunedin.

Teaching Philosophy

"I give private lessons to people of any age, ability, experience and genre - for fun, exams, competitions and to advanced students wanting to pursue a career in singing. I teach a classical technique which allows students to build stamina and good vocal habits for life, as well as a sound understanding of the capabilities of their own voice. A classical technique won’t necessarily turn you into an opera singer, but it will give you a great foundation and will provide you with choices about what genres you’d like to explore. The true beauty of the human voice is that it reflects who we are and how we’re feeling and is consequently in a constant state of flux. Teaching singing is a privilege, and has enhanced my own performing career immeasurably."

Elizabeth Nisbet

m: 029 771 2838
h: (03) 455 3875