Listed here are events of national significance relevant to New Zealand teachers of singing.

If you have any suggestions of events to list, please contact us.

The McCormick Opera Award 2019

Presented by Auckland Opera Studio and Perpetual Guardian

29th, 30th Aug & 2nd September

Entries open 3rd June 2019

Featuring guest judges Mr Andrew Dalton (Sydney) and Ms Patricia Price (Perth).

1st: $20,000
2nd: $7,000
3rd: $3,000
Promise and Potential prize: $2,000

All finalists that are not prize winners will receive $200

For further information, including application forms and conditions of entry, visit:


Wanganui Competitions

Wanganui Competitions Society July 2019 Vocal Festival

Tuesday 09 July 2019 to Friday 12 July 2019

Wanganui Girls' College, 21 Jones Street, Wanganui

Entries close Sunday, 2 June 2019 11:59 PM

For further information Go to

An offer from our Patron

New release Decca ONeill

Check your emails for this special offer from our Patron

"Dear NEWZATS members,
Happy New Year to you all!
It is a huge thrill to announce the release of my new Universal/Decca recording titled, “Distant Beloved” featuring the music of Beethoven, Schumann, Strauss and Wagner – in which I am accompanied by New Zealand’s pre-eminent accompanist and Professor of Music from the University of Otago, Terence Dennis.
As your patron I would like to offer NEWZATS members the early release option to purchase the CD (signed by Terence and myself) for NZD 25.00 per CD, plus shipping."


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Invitation to NEWZATS MEMBERS to the first public performance in The Auckland Opera Studio’s new venue, THE ANSONIA ROOM (Level 2, 24 St Benedicts Street, Newton). Parking on street and next door.

To celebrate the inauguration of The Ansonia Room at The Auckland Opera Studio we are presenting Amitai and Isabella in an intimate early Sunday evening Soiree

Come and enjoy this programme of Opera to Musical Theatre and view this lovely new space with its grand piano, suitable for a variety of events.

Tickets will be available at the door from 5 pm for 5.30 at the special price of $40.00 (cash only) (non NEWZATS $55.) Please state you are a NEWZATS member. 

Young People Today - Concert by Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust

Sunday October 7th, 1.45pm
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Clevedon.

The final concert in The Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust’s very successful Sunday Serenades at St Andrews will be held on Sun Oct 7th at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Clevedon at 1.45 pm, followed by light refreshments. Well known for its wonderful outreach programmes, the Church is a superb venue to celebrate the talent of some extraordinary young musicians in our midst.

The Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust* has been established by local residents to provide local and national New Zealand artists with the opportunity to perform and to share their talents. The trustees of CVMFT intend to develop and expand to be able to support a variety of artistic projects with an emphasis on emerging talent.

Performing artists in NZ and especially South Auckland, are always in need of quality venues with receptive audiences and they need promotion. Young performers find it hard to draw an audience for a one-off occasion. With the anticipated growth of Clevedon and surrounding areas, the demand for quality entertainment close by is increasing. Our local residents are seeking accessible music near home. The older generation and busy families struggle to find the extra time and cost for travelling to city venues. This series can serve both those groups by giving them a receptive, appreciative audience, and giving the audience a gift of music, which creates a moment of stillness and renewal in their schedules.

All performers on the programme are school students in the Auckland area with majority from South and East Auckland. The programme includes: Daniel Xian aged 10 from Papakura (piano), Harrison Chau aged 18 (harp), Martin Moattar aged 13 (soprano), Sophia Liu aged 7 (piano), Crissy Sanders aged 16 (clarinet), Esther Philip aged 17 (piano), Ethan Chiao 11 (violoncello), Tiari Kaka aged 14 (piano), Oliver Vannoort aged 15 (baritone)

Items include songs from The Wizard of Oz and Les Misérables, music by Mozart, JS Bach, Martini and Mike Cornick, Beethoven, Debussy and the beautiful Dona Nobis Pacem.

We hope that you can come and support these remarkable young performers, all of whom are certain to become exceptional members of our remarkable community. Entrance/exit donation, and there is a delicious afternoon tea at the conclusion of the concert. All welcome! Proceeds to various charitable music project, with a focus on supporting young musicians to attend workshops and courses.

Contact Gina 2928047 or

Yours in Music,Gina Sanders

*Registered charity: CC55562

Rita Paczian Workshop

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Opera Factory Presents:

27 July, 4 & 11 August

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Notice of AGM - 9.00am, 10 July 2018, School of Music, The University of Auckland

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Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of NEWZATS (NZ Association of Teachers of Singing) will be held:
Date:              Tuesday 10 July 2018
Time:              9.00am
Location:       Music Theatre, School of Music, The University of Auckland.
Building 250, 6 Symonds St, Auckland.
For more information, members, check your emails on the 10th June.


Conference 2018: The Voice - The Journey

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Monday 9 - Wednesday 11 July





David Jones and Nick Hollamby

Barbara Nicholls Memorial Presentation

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Three social events:

Meet and Greet: Sunday 8th July, 6pm
Delegates are invited to arrive on Sunday and enjoy the hopsitality of NEWZATS and Francis Wilson at Auckland Opera Studio.
At 7pm, we will go next door for a casual dinner at Gina's Italian Kitchen (own expense, partners welcome).

30th Anniversary toast: Monday 9th July, 5.30pm
A birthday celebration with a complimentary champagne and cake, sponsored by St Cecilia.

Conference Dinner: Tuesday 10th July, 7.00pm
La Cigale French Bistro, Parnell. Tickets $80. Includes complimentary drink and canapes on arrival, entree platter at the table, main and dessert, and fantastic entertainment.


NZCF Association of Choral Directors - Primary Gestures Workshop

For leaders of children’s choirs - beginner to experienced

New Plymouth - Saturday 12 May
Palmerston North - Saturday 26 May
Hamilton - Saturday 16 June
Wellington - Saturday 30 June
9.00am – 4.00pm

Do you have questions? Do you lead or want to start a choir at your school? What makes a good children’s song? How can I get great singing tone? What keys and chords suit young voices best? What should I do with my hands?

Primary Gestures, offered nationwide by the New Zealand Choral Federation, is a one-day workshop for people involved with or wanting to be involved with children’s singing and choirs. This year’s workshop presenter, Megan Flint is a dynamic, experienced and effective practitioner with a supportive, clear teaching style. This workshop would also be a great kick start if you intended to participate in The Kids Sing primary schools singing festival, to be held on November 15 & 16 at St Marks School.

You will:

  • be inspired and assisted to better understand children’s voices.
  • learn how to choose songs that suit the voice ranges of children.
  • be shown effective gestures that help children sing with good tone, tuning and confidence.
  • meet others wanting to help children develop the craft and art of singing.


Workshop Cost:

ACD members: $70            NZCF members: $80          Non-Members: $100

This fee includes refreshments: morning and afternoon tea and lunch.


For all enquiries, please contact Cathryn Wyllie (Operations Manager) at, tel 021 977 905 or 09 292 9442.

Lexus Entries Close 26 March

Lexus2ENTRIES FOR THE LEXUS SONGQUEST close Monday 26 March 2018.


The Lexus Song Quest has launched the world famous opera careers of many talented New Zealanders. And the stakes have never been higher, with $90,000 in prizes now up for grabs for the winner. So, be it on stage or in the audience, we hope to see you soon at the exciting 2018 Grand Final Gala on Saturday 28 July.

Timothy Wayne-Wright: Vocal Ensembles Masterclass

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DATE: Monday 26 March, 7pm
VENUE: Music Theatre, School of Music, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

The King's Singers countertenor, Timothy Wayne-Wright will be visiting the School of Music to present this very special vocal ensembles masterclass.

Taking time off from performing with the internationally acclaimed British a capella group, Timothy will share his experience and expertise with selected vocal ensembles, together with a Q&A session. This is an exclusive opportunity to see the distinguished singer in action as he puts the evening's participants through their paces, coaching the art of ensemble singing. Promising to be a very popular event, early bookings are essential!

Auckland Opera Studio February Concerts

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Francis Wilson's Auckland Opera Studio will present two concerts in February, featuring The Shades, a quartet of beautiful Tongan and Samoan voices.

Mainly Mozart - Friday 16 February, 7pm, St Mary's-in-Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell

Picnic in the Park - Saturday 24 February, 5.30pm, 144 Jones Road, Omaha


Musical Theatre Masterclass with Helen Medlyn

Sunday 15 October, 2.00-5.00pm

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"Helen Medlyn is a girl who’s hard to define. She’s a self-described Jill Of All Trades, having been a jazz chanteuse, a dancer, an actress, a musical theatre performer, a narrator, a comedienne, a classical concert singer, a voice-over artiste, an opera diva and a cabaret entertainer...sometimes, all in the same performance."

AND SHE CAN TEACH! So come and watch her in action working with 6 Musical Theatre singers. She will focus on acting and presentation using her unique performance enhancing techniques.

This event is a professional development opportunity for any voice teacher, student or member of the public. It will be held in the Samuel Marsden Collegiate Cultural Centre.

Students: $10
NEWZATS Members: $20
Non-NEWZATS members: $30


To book please:

Call:      Annabelle Cheetham -  021 885466
Email:   Ruth Armishaw - 



Sound French in French Song with Jenny Wollerman

Wellington members: This Sunday

with French specialist and NZSM tutor Jenny Wollerman.

September 10th, 3.00pm
81 Glen Rd Kelburn
Free for members, $10 for non-members.

While in masterclass format, the aim is to support teachers in their teaching of French songs.

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Siobhan Stagg (soprano) Masterclass

APO Inspire Programme

Monday 31 July, 1-3pm.
University of Auckland School of Music Theatre.

RSVP to confirm your place.
For more information, please contact

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Jane Keller Wellington Concert 28 July

28 July, 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm
St Andrew's On The Terrace, Wellington
Tickets: $30 Waged, $20 Unwaged

Newzats member Jane Keller will delight with hilarious highlights from her 4 one woman cabaret shows, expertly accompanied by Michael Nicholas Williams on Piano.
"Jane Keller is a terrific performer with comic timing to die for".


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Sunday 2 July - 1.30pm

via Teleconferencing.

Meeting Hubs will be available in Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin (see details). Anyone wishing to join the call from outside these areas, or for apologies, please contact Erica.

Erica Sim - Vice President
cell:    027 4837048

Regional Meeting Hubs

Auckland - Hosted by Clare Martin
49b Flaxdale Street, off Birkdale Road, Birkdale, Auckland 0626
0211 525 320
09 550 8975.

Hamilton - Hosted by Kath Woodley
253A Day St, Hamilton
021 08187218

Wellington - Hosted by Marilyn Reynolds
167 Darlington Road, Mirimar, Wellington
021 208 4237

Dunedin - Hosted by Elizabeth Bouman
Bouman Studios 273 York Place, Dunedin
03 4790006
021 1103678

NZ Singing School June Masterclasses

NZ Singing School

June 2017 Classical and Musical Theatre Vocal Masterclasses

Register now, places are strictly limited!

The New Zealand Singing School:Te Wānanga Toi Waiata is pleased to announce that in partnership with the University of Otago Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts, two vocal masterclasses will be held on Thursday 15 June, 7pm at the Havelock North Function Centre, Hawkes Bay.
The University of Otago’s William Evans Associate Professor in Voice, Judy Bellingham and Professional Practice Fellow in Performance Voice, Arlie McCormick, will each lead a masterclass, which will be run concurrently.

  • $30 participants (20 to 30-minute session each)
  • $10 observers
  • Participants must provide their own accompanist or backing music.
  • Places are strictly limited to six participants per class.
  • Register at
  • Registrations close at 12pm, Monday 5th June.

JSRB Bel Canto Award and E Connell Prize Entries now open.

Applications Open
Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award
and Elizabeth Connell Prize

Attention all New Zealand Teachers and Singers
Auditions in Auckland 14 July, 2017

Application forms on the website:

Entries Close 31 March 2017

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World’s best to teach at New Zealand Opera School

Choral Scholarships - Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch’s (New Zealand) ‘Cardboard’ Transitional Cathedral is offering scholarships for Altos, Tenors & Basses. Sight-reading ability and choral experience essential. For further details and an audition, please contact John Linker, the Cathedral Director of Music
+ 64 3 366.0046

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New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir Auditions

When: September 26 - October 4 2016

Apply online:

Join the 19 month programme, February 2017 - August 2018.
Sing, learn, perform and represent New Zealand overseas alongside students from all over the country.
Auditions open to everyone who will be at secondary school in 2017.

ABRSM Teacher Support Workshop

Date: Saturday 3 September

Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm

Location: Mt Eden Village Centre, Auckland

Each session will introduce teaching ideas, resources and activities to support exam preparation.
Session 1: Assessing musical performance
Session 2: Inspiring musical learning

For more information or to RSVP email

Lexus Song Quest - semi finalists announced

For full details, visit

NEWZATS conference 2016!

Where: New Plymouth

When: 14 – 16th July 2016

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See our conference page
for more details.

Colla Voce Ensemble Vocal Scholarship Entries now open

Closes: 31st May 2016

More info: contact or visit

The scholarship aims to encourage and support young Auckland singers by offering funds for tuition and music and by providing an opportunity for public performance at an annual concert. The competition is open to singers aged 14 and under 18 who reside or study in the Auckland Council region.

Applications for the 2016 Lexus Song Quest open 1st February

Once entries open, enter online at 
Entries closeApplications close 31 March 2016

NZ Opera's General Director Stuart Maunder: Crossover for NZ Opera from The Magic Flute to Sweeney Todd

Where: Auckland Opera Studio, 24 St Benedicts St, Newton Auckland

When: Thursday February 4th at5pm

No Charge. Please reserve places at or 09 47982361/0211168428

Estill 2016 Voice Training Workshop

When/Where: January 2016/Auckland


NZ Short Opera Composition Contets

The Opera Factory Trust is pleased to advise you of their compositional contest for a short chamber opera. Entries close on Monday 18th January 2016

Young Musicians Programme 2015 programme

New Zealand School of Music has just announced an amazing new line up of pre-tertiary activities which will be included in our Young Musicians Programme in 2015. Read about some exciting new changes.

ANZCA Christoper Norton workshops In Auckland, Tauranga and Dunedin

If you haven’t experienced a Christopher Norton workshop here’s a fantastic opportunity! Don’t miss out! Christopher is seriously motivated when it comes to Modern Styles. You’ll gain invaluable insight into Popular Piano styles. 

NZ Opera Chorus Auditions 2016

Where: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

Contact Glenn Meade, Chorus Manager on 09 379 4020 ext 202 or email

EXCEL School of Performing Arts youth concert - 'Thinking Out Loud' Tour

Where: Throughout New Zealand

When: April - September 2015

The all new EXCEL School of Performing Arts concert with a variety of the latest music, original choreographed hip hop, contemporary and jazz dance along with short dramas that will have you laughing and thinking at the same time. Visit

Burns Song Contest, 23 May 2015

ContactEllen McCrae and Graeme Matheson on 021 2622300 or

The Scottish Society of New Zealand is running the Burns Song Contest on 23 May 2015, 9am, in the Scottish Society Hall, Christchurch

7th International Competition "Giovani Musicisti - Città di Treviso"

Dates: 11 - 19 April 2015

Application due date: March 22, 2015

The Academy "Studio Musica" of Treviso is organizing the 7th International Competition for Musical Performance "Young musicians" - City of Treviso.

New Zealand Singing School 2015

When: Wed 7th Jan to Sat 17th Jan 2015

Where: EIT Campus Hawke’s Bay

More Info:

Be part of an intensive and prestigious 11-day programme at the largest singing school in the southern hemisphere. Advance your singing and learn from a talented and diverse faculty of over 30 professionals. This will be a major sessions, massed singing, language coaching, small ensemble singing public performance programme. This will be a major milestone in your singing career.

International Cabaret Contest 2015

When: Auckland Heat - 13 Jan 2015, 7:30pm

Where: ACG Senior College
Basement Theatre
66 Lorne Street

Tickets from $30. For more info and bookings see iTicket

The Friends Of Music - Vocal Scholarship 2014

When: Auditions: Saturday 6 September
Finals: Friday 3 October 2014

The Voice Lab workshops

When: 26 - 28 September 2014

Where: Bayfield High School, 2 Shore Street, Dunedin

Presenters include Peter Chum, Ravil Atlas, Luke Di Somma and Vanessa Jerome.

University of Auckland Voice Secondary School Academy Day

When: Saturday 30 August, 9am-4pm

Location: Music Theatre, School of Music, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland

Cost: $25

If you are interested in a future career as a soloist, a choral singer, a choral conductor or a singing teacher this is the education pathway for you. Participate in master classes with our expert singing teachers.

Apply online at

Janice Webb's SING - The Reunion Concert

When: Sunday 17 August 2014, 5.30pm

Where: Bruce Mason Centre

The country’s greatest voices come together to perform Opera, Musical Theatre and popular repertoire, in honour of singing mentor Janice Webb.

$39 Adult
$24 Concession
Book at Ticketmaster

WAAPA International Art Song Festival

When: 13-20 July, 2014

Where: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Western Australia

Contact: See

The Festival aims to promote and enhance the training and performance of art song in Australia to the highest standards of excellence through a series of Master Classes given by internationally renowned Master Teachers.

NEWZATS presents 'Scaling New Heights'

When: 18-20 July 2014

Where: Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

Featuring key note speaker:
Stephen Robertson
Head of Vocal Performance,
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Other speakers: Stephen Rowe and Caitlin Smith
See conference page for full details

10th Barcelona Festival of Song

When: June 26 - July 5, 2014

Contact: See

Created in 2005 for the purpose of promoting the Latin American & Spanish Vocal Repertoire,the centerpiece of the Barcelona Festival of Song® is a Summer Course for singers, pianists & musicologists focused on the History & Interpretation of the Latin American & Spanish Vocal Repertoire in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese & Catalan.

Nelson Symphony Solo spotlight applications

When: Applications close 20 June, 2014

For more information see

Australian Concert & Vocal Competition

25-29 July 2014, Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville, North Queensland

More or email

Over $20,000 total prize money.
Sections for All Ages
Open ( Instrumental) /Open ( Vocal)/Vocal/ Piano & Instrumental
Entries close Wed June 4 2014

Dame Kiri in Recital

When: Tuesday 3rd June 2014, 7:30pm

Where: Napier Municipal Theater

Book now at Ticketek

Singing Masterclasses

Singing Masterclasses Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th May 2014
Tauranga Girls’ College Music Rooms, Tauranga
ContactJudy Tallon

2015 Auditions for Operatunity

When: Saturday 10th May 2014

Where: Opera Factory Offices/Theatre, 7 Eden Street, Newmarket, Auckland

Contact: For more information on booking an appointment to audition please call Lynette/Bridget on 0508 266 237 or email

Music Theatre, 50s Style, Gilbert and Sullivan, ABBA, piano accordion

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation Sir Howard Morrison Vocal Scholarship

More info: See or email or tel: (04) 384 9745

Administered by The Dame Malvina Major Foundation, the scholarship is awarded annually to a New Zealand performer of exceptional potential aged between 16 and 32 years of age. Dame Malvina provides private tuition to the recipient. Travel and accommodation costs may be included.  Applications must be received by 30 April.

Stabat Mater

Saturday 6 April 2014, 7pm
Stuttgart Liederhalle, Germany

Featuring NEWZATS member Gina Sanders

Auditions for Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood)

When/Where (Wellington): Saturday 8 March 2014, 5.00pm at Te Rauparaha Stadium, Porirua
and Saturday 15 March 2014, 5.00pm at the Chinese Cultural Centre, Berhampore

Applications are now open for the 2014 Lexus Song Quest

When: Applications close 14 March 2014

Sing Aotearoa 13

When: Labour Weekend, 25-28 October 2013

Where: The Energy Events Centre, Rotorua

Contact: See

The highlight of this year's choral calendar is nearly here.. Sing Aotearoa 13 (SA13) takes place in just a few weeks' time in Rotorua. but it's not too late to join in the fun. The programme of concerts, massed singing, seminars and workshops. You can also register there using the quick and simple online registration form. If you have any questions at all, contact Thérèse (SA13 Co-ordinator) at or the

CPIT NASDA auditions

When: Applications due 10 September 2013

Contact: Email, phone 0800 24 24 76

For more information, visit


When: Sunday 4th August 2013, 2pm

Where: Nationally via teleconference

Contact: All members have been emailed the full details. Any queries, please email

International Congress of Voice Teachers 2013

When: 10-14 July 2013

Where: Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Contact: For more information and registration go to the ICVT website

9th Barcelona Festival of Song

Created in 2005 for the purpose of promoting the Latin American & Spanish Vocal Repertoire,the centerpiece of the Barcelona Festival of Song® is a Summer Course for singers, pianists & musicologists focused on the History & Interpretation of the Latin American & Spanish Vocal Repertoire in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese & Catalan. The Festival also presents public concerts with well known singers, pianists and guitarists and the participants in the course.

Operatunity Auditions for 2014 Concerts

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When: Saturday 11th May 2013

Where: St Michaels Catholic Church - 6 Beatrice Road, Remuera, Auckland

Contact: For more information on booking an appointment to audition please call Fran on 0508 266 237 or email

Music Theatre, Opera, Classical and 50’s style singers, instrumentalists, accompanists/pianists and brass players