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Patrons

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Malvina Major

Dame Malvina Major

Sir Donald McIntyre

Sir Donald McIntyre

Simon O'Neill

Simon O'Neill

George Henare CNZM, OBE

George Henare CNZM, OBE

The New Zealand Singing School

School Patron, Dame Kiri includes Hawke’s Bay on her 2014 recital tour

The NZSS is thrilled to finally share the news with you, that we are bringing Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and her pianist, Terence Dennis to perform a recital here in Hawke’s Bay in 2014. See here for details.

Due to the unexpected closure of the Hawke's Bay Opera House, this event has been relocated to the Napier Municipal Theatre on Tue 3rd June 2014. If you are a ticket holder, you will be contacted by Ticketek shortly to be offered reciprocal seats at the Napier Municipal Theatre. There are more seats available in all price categories. Please see Ticketek for details from Mon 31st March.

Masterclass with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Wed 4th June 2014

Seize your once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from New Zealand’s greatest opera soprano...

See here for details.

The NZ Singing School: Te Wānanga Toi Waiata, is the only residential summer singing school in the southern hemisphere that caters for students across the full spectrum of vocal performance. The excellent national and international faculty provide tuition for students to improve performance ability in opera, oratorio, Lieder, musical theatre, popular, jazz, contemporary song and stage craft.

The Singing School is residential and is held every two years, with the next School happening in January 2015.

The School

  • Is designed for professional and serious amateur singers
  • Has nationally and internationally recognised vocal tutors, vocal coaches and repetiteurs
  • Awards a wide range of prizes at the conclusion of the school
  • Covers a wide range of singing styles
  • Provides an environment conducive to learning professional skills
  • Provides intensive language tuition in Italian, German and French, based on a knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Prerequisites for attendees

  • Reasonable music literacy
  • Three years voice tuition
  • All music prepared and memorised to performance standard
  • Entrance by DVD audition only


The 27th residential New Zealand Singing School will be held in January 2015 at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke’s Bay.

Family of Sponsors

The Trust is grateful to many organisations and people shown in our scrolling gallery above. Please show them your support whenever possible. We are always appreciative of whatever donation you can make to the School, please email us if you would like to help in some way.

We are particularly grateful to EIT - Hawke's Bay's leading eduation provider, the Eastern Institue of Technology. EIT has been the location of the Singing School since it began. The staff at EIT have provided so much support over the years and help us to provide an outstanding venue and facilities to the students and faculty.

New Zealand Singing School Trust

Jill Tobin (Chair) Dinah Kennedy (Deputy Chair & Secretary) Sharon Pearce (Treasurer) Helen Walker Sonya Aifai John Hudson Orlena Wakeman

Support us – Support New Zealand Music

Organising the National Singing School requires a major commitment from the volunteer trustees and other supporters. Funding the school is a major challenge and the Trust is reliant on financial support from a range of funders including corporate and private sponsorship. If you would like to make a donation towards the 2011 National Singing School, please contact the Trust by emailing info@singingschool.org.nz or writing to:

Trust Secretary, NZ Singing School
PO Box 2524, Stortford Lodge
Hastings 4153, New Zealand