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

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has included a recital in Hawke’s Bay as part of her tour of New Zealand and Australia which is being organised as a tribute to coincide with her 70th year. She will be performing at the Napier Municipal Theatre on Tuesday 3rd June 2014. The recital will be a special opportunity to experience the lyrical beauty and sublime artistry of one of the world’s great and beloved voices.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has a close relationship with the New Zealand Singing School as the School’s first Patron, and more recently her Foundation has become a key supporter of the School. This association has meant that we are in the lucky position of being able to offer the only masterclass she will be doing as part of this tour. World class pianist, Terence Dennis will be accompanying at the masterclass.

The New Zealand Singing School is hosting the masterclass which will be held in the Century Theatre at the redeveloped MTG in Napier, Hawke’s Bay on Wednesday 4th June 2014.

Participants will need to have 2-3 ‘performance ready’ arias to choose from to work on in the masterclass. There will be a rehearsal in the morning prior to the masterclass. More details will be provided to successful applicants. Please note that the masterclass will be videoed and photographed for New Zealand Singing School publicity purposes, and will be a condition of participation. Observers will also be able to buy tickets to come and observe the masterclass.

Please see your Head of Vocal Studies to register your interest. There is one position available per University and one position for non-university students of the Auckland Opera Studio.

Cost: $800.00 incl GST + travel and accommodation. A complimentary ticket to Dame Kiri’s Recital on Tuesday 3rd June will be included. The masterclass cost covers NZSS overheads, and the NZSS Trust is grateful to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Terence Dennis for the donation of their time to the School for this special one-off masterclass.

The New Zealand Singing School Trust is happy to assist with providing information to support applications to Rotary, Freemason or any other suitable funding agency if you require funding assistance. Please allow sufficient time to make these applications, and for us to provide supporting information for your application.

If selected, we recommend you make your travel arrangements promptly, as flights to Hawke’s Bay can be costly at the last minute! We are also looking to see if we can arrange a reasonably priced hotel or motel close to the masterclass venue, and will advise of this closer to the time.

The New Zealand Singing School in association with Moore Stephens Markhams present Dame Kiri in Recital

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has included a performance in Hawke’s Bay as part of her tour of New Zealand and Australia to celebrate her 70th year.

Dame Kiri will be performing at the Napier Municipal Theatre on Tuesday 3rd June and her close relationship with the New Zealand Singing School is the reason the region is included on her 2014 recital tour.

“The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation is a sponsor of our School as Dame Kiri is also committed to the goal of helping emerging talent develop their potential.  Our aim is to catapult young singers to success with the experience and tuition they receive, and she is supportive of this,” says Jill Tobin, NZ Singing School’s chairperson.

“We are very excited to host Dame Kiri in Hawke’s Bay and this recital will be a rare treat to see one of the world’s most remarkable opera singers.”

The recital will be a special opportunity to experience the lyrical beauty and sublime artistry of one of the world’s great and beloved voices, as Dame Kiri, accompanied by renowned New Zealand pianist Terence Dennis, performs personal favourites from Mozart, Handel, Liszt, Puccini, Gusatavino and Canteloube.

The NZSS Trust is being supported by Moore Stephens Markhams Hawke’s Bay, The Radio Network, Mangapapa Petit Hotel, Jeff Gray European Provincial and Honda Hawke's Bay to provide this event in Hawke’s Bay.

Tickets for Dame Kiri’s June 2014 Hawke’s Bay recital are on sale now. Friends and Foundation Members of the NZSS, will have access to pre-release tickets (this offer has now closed). If you would like to join now as a Friend or Foundation Member, please contact us at info@singingschool.org.nz, or see details here.

 

Music for hire...

The NZ Singing School has a library of music that is able to be lent out. Please see our library list, and fill in and email this order form for your music. Our Terms and Conditions are that you take good care of the music, do not mark the music, do not infringe copyright by copying or distributing the music illegally; and that you return the music within one month. The cost for individual manuscripts is $5.00, and the cost for full albums is $20.00. On top of this we need to charge a minimal post and package cost which we will confirm with you prior to postage.

If you have music that you would like to donate to the School to be added to this library, please send it to us at PO Box 2524 Stortford Lodge, Hastings 4152. We will be thrilled to add it to our collection.

 

NZ Singing School hits Auckland

The Auckland Opera Studio is co-hosting a concert with us at 5.30pm Sunday 26 May 2013. This concert features prize-winners from the 2013 New Zealand Singing School.

We do hope that you will be able to join us for a glass of wine and what promises to be a delightful evening with a varied programme of arias, lieder, songs from musical theatre, stage and screen, with perhaps even a few surprises!

Wine and nibbles will be served at 5:30pm prior to the recital at Auckland Opera Studio.
Date: Sunday 26th May 2013  Time: 5:30pm
Cost: AOS Subscribers $45 ; Adults $55 ; Students $10
Venue: AOS, 2nd Floor, 24 St Benedicts Street, Newton, Auckland

Singers: Kalauni Pouvalu, Tehezib Lathiff

Ticket Bookings: Please telephone Rebecca on 09 523 1013.

NZ Singing School sponsors awards at Napier Performing Arts competition

New Zealand Singing School Trust Scholarships – Napier Performing Arts Competition Easter Festival 2013

The NZSS Trust is keen to support NZ singers and has sponsored, for the second time, scholarships at the Napier Performing Arts Competition. Well done to the thirteen singers who competed for these scholarships at Easter. We are pleased to see so many of the School’s past students compete so well. The winner was Isabella Moore and three singers (Kawiti Waetford, Christie Cook and Bernice Austin) shared the second prize, with no third prize awarded. Kawiti and Christie are past students of the School.

Success at the 2013 School

Congratualtions to the 2013 students who received awards at the recent Gala concert at the Hawke's Bay Opera House. Many thanks to our donors who enable the provision of a generous selection of awards. Here is the list of awards.

Copyright Policy adopted by NZSS Trust

Students, faculty and the Trust now need to observe the copyright laws of New Zealand and the policy adopted by the NZSS Trust.

Draft 2013 Timetable

This is a draft timetable for the 2013 School that is subject to change. A detailed individual timetable will be available at registration.

TRAINEE ACCOMPANIST

The School is pleased to offer 2 places within the 2013 Singing School for a Trainee Accompanist. Trainee Accompanists will be mentored by Professor Terence Dennis of Dunedin.

This is a full time commitment from 8.30am to 9pm each day. The Trainee Accompanist will be fully involved alongside Professor Dennis as he works with students, observing other accompanists and playing for some classes.

The School is located at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Taradale, Napier. Accommodation will be provided with the faculty members at Lindisfarne College, Hastings, approximately 10 minutes away by car or bus.

All meals and accommodation will be provided – travel at your own cost.

Please contact the Administrator at info@singingschool.org.nz or download this application form .

Applications for this opportunity will close at 5pm, 31 September, 2012.


TRAINEE TUTOR

The School is pleased to offer 2 places within the 2013 Singing School for a Trainee Tutor. Trainee Tutors will be mentored by Flora Edwards.

This is a full time commitment from 8.30am to 9pm each day. The Trainee Tutor will be fully involved being alongside Flora as she works with students, observing other Tutors, and taking some classes observed and critiqued by Flora.

The School is located at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Taradale, Napier. Accommodation will be provided with the faculty members at Lindisfarne College, Hastings, approximately 10 minutes away by car or bus.

All meals and accommodation will be provided – travel will be the successful Trainee’s responsibility.

Please contact the Administrator at info@singingschool.org.nz or download this application form.

Applications for this opportunity will close at 5pm, 30 September, 2010.

2013 Enrolments are open!

It's time to enrol... download our brochure and the enrolment form and get your application organised. Please check the requirements carefully - incomplete applications can not be accepted.

New York Broadway Star for 2013 Black Barn Artist in Residence

Liz Callaway - www.lizcallaway.com

Tony nominee and Emmy award winning actress, singer and recording artist Liz Callaway will be Black Barn Artist in Residence at January's New Zealand Singing School in Napier.The New Yorker made her Broadway Debut in Stephen Soundheim's Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats.She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.

She received an Emmy for hosting Ready To Go, a daily live children's program me in Boston, and has released four solo albums.Callaway has also performed in off Broadway shows, alongside musical greats such as Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder.New Zealanders may be more familiar with her "princess" status - she is the voice of several Disney animated princesses and other characters, including being the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba's Pride and Beauty and the Beast.She also sang the Academy Award nominated song Journey to the Past in the animated feature Anastasia.Singing School chair Eileen Von Dadelszen was thrilled to be able to give 2013 students the chance to be mentored by an established musical theatre great."Artists of Liz's calibre are a real inspiration to students on the beginning of their musical journey's, and our singing school gives them not only musical inspiration and knowledge, but also insight into the life of a professional singer. It is always an eye opener form them."The inaugural Artist in Residence in 2011 was New Zealand-raised London-based rising opera star Anna Leese.Enrolmenrs for the 2013 School, which will run from January 4th to 14, open at the end of June and close on August 20th. Follow us on Facebook for up to date news or come back to this website.

Supporting NZ singers...

April 2012

 

The New Zealand Singing School: Te Wānanga Toi Waiata is pleased to announce its first ever sponsorship. A first, second and third prize of $500, $300 and $100 respectively are being provided for the Vocal Recital Class at the Napier Performing Arts Competition 2012. The prizes are being sponsored by the national singing school in order to foster excellence in singing, and were just in the nick of time to prevent the class being dropped from the competition due to lack of sponsorship funding.

“It’s the first time we’ve looked at supporting and encouraging singers outside our own school but it reflects the direction we’re going in as an organisation, which is geared at encouraging and enabling New Zealand singers to achieve the highest standards” says Trust Chair Eileen von Dadelszen.

The Napier Performing Arts Competition is held over Easter, and the programme includes vocal, instrumental, speech and dance classes. This Easter Festival will mark the Society’s 104th competition, and is a very popular competition for competitors throughout the North Island. There are a huge range of cups,scholarships and financial prizes for competitors from as young as 5 years old.The Aria contest is a well known and hotly contested competition within thevocal classes.

$900 worth of prize money may seem a small amount to some, but the New Zealand Singing School is a not-for-profit organisation which seeks sponsorship and grants in order to host its own school in Hawke’s Bay every two years. However, the New Zealand Singing School Trust is keen to see the development of New Zealand signers and to encourage students to train and compete in the discipline of singing.

17 singers have entered the Vocal Recital Class,which is an increase on previous years, thanks to the provision of these prizes from the New Zealand Singing School. The Trust wishes all competitors the bes tof luck for the Festival which starts Thursday 5th April at the Municipal Theatre in Napier.

2011 Student Update...

  • Maia Vegar - winner of 2011 Otago Daily Times Aria in Dunedin, Kawiti Waetford - 2nd place and Jonathan Abernethy 3rd place. Read the article from the Otago Daily Times.
  • Chris Bruerton selected as the only non-British born singer ever to join the Kings Singers. He is shortly to undertake a tour of Australia and New Zealand with them. Read their announcement from the Kings Singers website.
  • Marlene Devoe, Amelia Berry and James Loelu are all studying at the Manhattan School of Music.
  • Edward Laurenson and Elisabeth Hanna Very Highly Commended at the NZAria in Rotorua. Read all the results from the Rotorua Daily Post.
  • Tamsyn Miller released her debut EP album, "Who Is Chess Countess?". It's availlble for $10 from her website.

 

Beatrice's Legacy: The History of The New Zealand Singing School

In celebration of the 25th Singing School in 2011, the Trust has printed a history of the School from 1978 to 2011 titled "Beatrice's Legacy" after the School's founder. Compiled by Diane Hopson from the records and memories of past participants, this delightful memoir will be a good read for past students and those interested in the School's contribution to singing and singers in New Zealand. The Trust would like to thank Diane for the many hours she put into compiling the book; and we would also like to thank Hawke's Bay Tourism for assisting us financially to print the book. The book is for sale at $20.00 plus $2.50 post and packaging. Please email us if you would like a copy.

Masterclass and Workshop with Frances Wilson - Oct 2011

Sat 8th Oct 2011 9.30 am-4.30pm & Sun 9th Oct 2011 10am–12pm

 

PURPOSE OF MASTERCLASS AND WORKSHOP:

To provide expert singing coaching to students preparing for their Trinity or Royal School of Music examinations, primarily at the advanced level. There will also be a second day of a workshop style with interactive teaching, highlighted with examples from senior students; this will be suited to a broad audience of singers who are not necessarily focused on exams. The Masterclass will mostly follow a traditional format providing a participative experience for 9 students, and an observation experience for many more students, singers and teachers.

 

To provide expert singing coaching to students preparing for their Trinity or Royal School of Music examinations, primarily at the advanced level. There will also be a second day of a workshop style with interactive teaching, highlighted with examples from senior students; this will be suited to a broad audience of singers who are not necessarily focused on exams. The Masterclass will mostly follow a traditional format providing a participative experience for 9 students, and an observation experience for many more students, singers and teachers.

 

ABOUT FRANCES...

The New Zealand Singing School Trust is delighted to welcome Frances back to Hawke's Bay to direct this Masterclass and Workshop Since the age of twelve, Frances Wilson-Fitzgerald has been involved with great singing teachers - beginning with Dame Sister Mary Leo in Auckland, and continuing through the next forty years in London, Adelaide, Melbourne, Bloomington, Indiana and New York; playing for, coaching and studying with many great musicians. Frances has spent hundreds of hours in all of these capacities and is totally absorbed by the journey of a young singer from vocal beginnings to the professional life many of them attain.

Currently Frances is dedicating much of her energy providing help to as many young aspiring singers as possible through the Auckland Opera Studio, by employing greatly respected coaches and teachers to give classes to groups of aspiring artists, both collectively and singly.

Frances has been a tutor of several New Zealand Singing Schools held biennially in Hawke’s Bay.

 

LINKS:

Trinity examinations: http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=620

Royal Schools of Music: http://www.abrsm.org/en/regions/australia-nz/new-zealand/

NZ Music Examination Board: http://www.nzmeb.org/

Frances Wilson: http://www.franceswilsonfitzgerald.com/

 

Registrations Essential – please fill in this form and send to NZ Singing School, PO Box 2524 Stortford Lodge, Hastings 4153 or email details to info@singingschool.org.nz. Registrations open 1st September.

Join the Trust...

The New Zealand Singing School is currently looking for new Trustees. Please look at the attached listing which is currently being advertised through the Institute of Directors magazine Boardroom.

2011 Student Awards

The following awards were given to students of the 2011 School.

2011 School Audition Article

This article appeared in Hawke's Bay Today.

NZ Singing School Draft Timetable 2011

This timetable is still in draft form, but it gives you a good idea of how the school will run.
Please click here to download.

NZ Singing School 2011 Brochure

The New Zealand Singing School 2011 Brochure is now available as a PDF download. Please click here to download.

25th New Zealand Singing School Launch and Artist in Residence Announcement

March 28, 2010 - Award winning New Zealand soprano Anna Leese (left) will be artist in residence at the New Zealand Singing School in January next year, the Minister for Arts, Chris Finlayson, announced on Saturday.

Mr Finlayson, describing the singing school as unique in Australasia, said inauguration of the role of an artist in residence was another major development in New Zealand’s contribution to culture and the arts.

In a speech detailing plans for the 25th national singing school, to be held again in Hawke’s Bay, Mr Finlayson acknowledged the contributions of top New Zealand artists and the Hawke’s Bay-based volunteers who pioneered the enterprise 30 years ago. Over the years they have created opportunities for young New Zealand singers to make a name for themselves internationally, he said.

He was speaking to a selected audience in the Hastings Opera House, where a former student at the school, Wellington tenor James Adams and Australasia’s top accompanist Professor Terence Dennis made a guest performance.

Napier-born Anna is currently performing the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin in Ghent, Belgium. After the premiere last week one European reviewer described her performance as a “revelation”.

A Canadian reviewer had earlier described her as “a flawless jewel, polished and ready to be placed in whatever crown the fates have prepared for her.”

Yet another of New Zealand’s young professional singers who has been a student at the school is Simon O’Neill, now making a career on the world’s Wagnerian stage.

Mr Finlayson said the return of Anna Leese to Hawke’s Bay in January had been made possible by Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North, who have agreed to sponsor an artist in residence for the next two schools.
Minister for Arts, Chris Finlayson launches 25th Singing School.
Judy Bellingham, senior lecturer in voice at Otago University, will return as artistic director. She will have responsibility for up to 80 students on the campus of the Eastern Institute of Technology at Taradale. There will be 30 faculty members, among them bass Conal Coad, conductor Dr Karen Grylls, accompanist Professor Terence Dennis and London-based vocal coach David Harper, who was in Hastings for Saturday’s announcement. There will be at least 21 pianos in action on each of the 10 days.

A new curriculum will include opportunities for two invited young pianists and two young singing teachers. They will work alongside experienced teachers and will participate in massed items at four public concerts.

For the 80 singers another facet of the school will be a strengthening of sessions on stagecraft, skills that are beyond the resources of many studio singing teachers. And there will be awards – some contributed by tutors and trustees who have dug into their own pockets so impressed have they been with the quality of the emerging talent.

Anna Leese will be able to prepare at the school for forthcoming performances. “She will have access to great repetiteurs and great language coaches. She will  perform for the students and will mingle with them socially,” Judy Bellingham said.
She noted that, as artistic director, the curriculum will have her on the campus 12 hours a day.

Dame Kiri te Kanawa,  patron of the New Zealand Singing School Trust  along with Dame Malvina Major and Sir Donald McIntyre, wrote: “ I am pleased to note the decision to name Anna Leese as the inaugural artist in residence.
“Thirty years ago when the trust was formed to conduct a small summer school,  few  could have foreseen that this would develop into a platform for many of our finest young singers.”

Eileen von Dadelszen, chairman of the trust said: “As long as we have enthusiastic and generous supporters like Anna Leese and Black Barn, the school will continue to play an essential part in training singers from all over New Zealand and from overseas.”
Black Barn Vineyards co-owner Kim Thorp and New Zealand Singing School Trust chairwoman Eileen von Dadelszen.