Click here for photos and biographies of the Teaching Faculty from the 2019 Singing School.

The New Zealand Singing School: Te Wānanga Toi Waiata is the original residential school for NZ vocal students.

The Artistic Director (Classical) and Artistic Director (Musical Theatre) for the 2021 School will be appointed later this year. The teaching team is divided across two different work streams.

The vocal discipline of opera and classical training is progressed by the highest quality vocal tutors and professionals from opera companies and music schools from around the world.

The confidence and quality of musical theatre performance is progressed by the highest quality vocal, acting and stage-craft tutors and professionals from musical theatre companies and music schools around the world.


Applications for trainee voice teachers and accompanists will open in mid-2020, for the January 2021 School.  You can also enrol as an Observer.  Further details are available here.

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“It has been suggested that not enough depth is able to be achieved when a school offers such a wide range of activity. Actually it is the combination of music theatre with opera which so impresses me. With the melding of both operatic singers with a strong contingent of musical theatre performers there are added opportunities for performers of both genres; the musical theatre students are able to improve the standard of their vocal abilities by observing the vocal discipline that opera requires and conversely; the operatic performer becomes much more aware of the importance of the need to develop their theatrical skills.”

Conal Coad
Conal CoadInternational Vocal Coach and Opera Singer, 2013

“To witness shy, often insecure, (and sometimes overly cocky) teenage and young adult singers (and even a fair number of mature participants) arrive on Day One – full of hopes, fears, expectations, and often bewilderment – who then gradually grow over the short period into confident, outgoing, motivated, and disciplined performers is a truly inspirational experience for me and, I’m sure, for all my fellow tutors.”

David Harper
David HarperUK: International Vocal Coach 2013