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About the Singing School

The 2013 New Zealand Singing School: Te Wānanga Toi Waiata was the 26th school held in the 32 years of the NZ Singing School Trust’s existence. Each school has resulted in students learning more about the art of singing, developing their own skills and moving on to continue their study and career. Each student is provided a mixture of one-on-one and general tuition opportunities including master classes, vocal technique training, lectures, training in language skills, ensemble singing and movement.

The schools vision is that ‘students are given the confidence to move forward’. It does this by providing:

  • excellent tuition,
  • experience of multiple musical genres
  • learning and performance opportunities that are critiqued in a supportive peer environment


The School provides national and international vocal tutors, vocal coaches, and language coaches of the highest calibre. Through the Singing School, students are able to identify and value their unique voices and have the confidence to move forward with their performance careers.

The School has gained a reputation for being a valuable training ground for New Zealand singers to pursue success at national and international competitions, and to gain entry to opera schools and advanced music colleges overseas. The Trustees aim to have all students achieve their goals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning as well as fun.

The 2015 School will be led by Judy Bellingham. Judy is the William Evans Senior Lecturer in Voice at Otago University, has been the Director for the last three Schools. The 2015 School will be the sixth under her Directorship.

If you are passionate about singing, passionate about learning singing, passionate about improving the standard of your singing; if you want to improve your language skills and gain improved stage skills, then this is the School for you.

I look forward to meeting you at the 2015 School and watching your development as a performer.

Judy Bellingham

Here’s what some past students have to say

Simon O'Neill, Ashburton born tenor. Made Covent Garden debut 2006, Metropolitan debut 2008. Booked until 2016 with engagements throughout Europe and America. Simon is now one of the School's patrons.
"I attended the 1993 School and loved every minute. Being a young baritone I remember that I was assigned the role of Sid in Britten's Albert Herring. The School is a wonderful opportunity to study and perform for singers of every age. I wish the School continued success."

Kate Spence, Rotorua-born mezzo, studied in Australia and the UK. Significant concert and operatic career throughout Australasia.
"It was at the NZ National Singing School that the decision was made for me to move from Soprano to Mezzo-soprano - I've never looked back. The School was not just an opportunity to indulge in ten days of singing assisted by expert tutors, but also a place where like-minded people my own age with a common interest came together and participated in fabulous stage performance.”