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THE NZ SINGING SCHOOL TRUST

The New Zealand Singing School is run by the NZ Singing School Trust. The Trustees are passionate and tireless volunteers who share the same powerful vision for creating confident and successful singers and performers. They bring a wealth and breadth of experience in singing, performing, music and business that is unparalleled in this arena. As well as running the Trust, most of the Trustees will also be found in crucial roles during the day-to-day function of each school.

CHAIR – HELEN WALKER
A singer, performer and then President of the Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club f0r 25 years, Helen has been part of the Trust since 2010.

JOHN HUDSON

John admits to being totally lacking in any expertise in singing or music, but he does bring experience in business having run his own landscape architectural consultancy for 30 years.

DINAH KENNEDY

A lawyer in Hastings with an interest in a vineyard on the outskirts of Hastings, Dinah wants to see the NZSS emerge as the foundation school for our future vocal artists be they classical or musical theatre or both.

ORLENA WAKEMAN

Holder of an Honours Diploma in Performing Arts and ATCL in singing Orlena runs a home teaching studio for piano and singing.

SARAH ERICKSEN

Sarah has been involved in sales and the media world in HB for seven years.  She is passionate about the local community and has committed her spare time to several local organisations.

DAVID TRIM

David is a business coach and has been coaching New Zealand business owners and corporate managers for over 15 years. He is also a Trustee on several charitable trusts and is manager of Hawkes Bay’s Christmas at the Park.

SONYA AIFAI
Long time member of Napier Operatic Society, Sonya has been with the NZSS since the 1995, initially as the stage manager and then moving onto the Trust in 2009 with the role of office manager.

MARK OLDERSHAW

As a musician Mark is an experienced musical director, conductor, music adjudicator and tutor and is currently Deputy Chief Executive of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT).

JILL TOBIN

A founding Member, Administrator and Chairman at various times, Jill officially retired from the Singing School Trust in 2017, but she remains with us in an organisational and advisory capacity.  Jill is passionate about the longevity of an institution that gives so much confidence to young students.

DIANNE ABRAHAM

Previously Chairman of Opera Hawke’s Bay, Dianne has extensive stage experience performing as a soloist and teaches singing privately and as an Itinerant Singing teacher.

LESLEY CARTHEW

Lesley is currently the President of Musical Theatre New Zealand and a financial advisor based in Napier.

KATE PENNY

Kate is the Trust’s Administrator. Her experience includes corporate communications, branding, media liaison and fundraising.