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2011 School

The 2011 New Zealand Singing School was held over an intensive ten days at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke's Bay on Wednesday 5 to Saturday 15, January 2011. The students worked with around 30 experienced tutors and accompanists.


Teaching Eastern Institute of Technology Campus, Napier, Hawke’s Bay.
Student accommodation Eastern Institute of Technology villas or students can arrange their own private accommodation.
Faculty accommodation Lindisfarne College (private boys’ school) in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay. The college is approximately ten minutes by bus from the school venue.
Concert venues St John’s Cathedral, Napier; Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings; Century Theatre, Napier; Tabard Theatre, Napier.

Concerts - The Festival of Song

All students performed to the public during the School. These concerts includde a mixture of informal “on campus” concerts featuring students’ own choice of items, plus four formal concerts at St John’s Cathedral, the Havelock North Community Centre and Tabard Theatre in Napier. The final concert was held at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings. All of the students (including observers) took part in this concert, during which awards were presented.

Awards presented at the conclusion of the School

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

Black Barn Artist in Residence

Through the generous sponsorship of Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North, we were able to create the position of “Artist in Residence”. The Artist in Residence will provide inspiration and mentoring for the next generation of singers.

Napier-born award winning soprano, Anna Leese was the 2011 Black Barn Artist in Residence. Currently based in London, Anna has a very full diary of performances and recordings planned in the UK and Europe.

2011 Enrolement Timeline

Enrolment closing date 15 August 2010

Confirmation of acceptance 17 September 2010

Full fee payment due 15 November 2010

2011 Faculty

The teaching faculty consisted of approximately 20 professional tutors and 10 professional accompanists led by the School’s artistic director.
Judy Bellingham Artistic Director (Coach Advanced, A and B streams)
Robert Wiremu Deputy Artistic Director (Coach, conductor, accompanist for ensemble)
David Harper Guest coach and Coach Advanced and A streams
Christine Douglas Opera Director (Coach and director for three ensembles and massed opera ensemble)
Richard Marrett Musical Theatre Director (Coach Musical Theatre Advanced, A and B streams, massed Musical Theatre ensemble)
Prof. Terence Dennis Coach/Accompanist Advanced and A streams, in charge of trainee accompanists
Associate Professor Karen Grylls Guest musicianship specialist
Irene Bartlett Guest tutor, tutor for Musical Theatre Advanced, A and B streams

2011 Fees (GST inclusive)

Adult $1,370.00

Student $1,150.00 (Secondary/Tertiary/University)

All enrolments received and paid in full by 15th August 2010 received a $50 discount.