We bring together an outstanding faculty for each school.
You will work with our Artistic Directors, skilled vocal and performance tutors and accompanists
from theatres, opera companies, and music schools around the world.
Find out about other ways of being involved - as a trainee tutor, an Observer or a volunteer.
Mark Dorrell returns to Singing School NZ as Artistic Director-Musical Theatre.
Mark is highly regarded in musical theatre. Since relocating to New Zealand from London in 2007, Mark has worked for NZ Opera, NZ Symphony Orchestra, Toi Whakaari, Orpheus Choir of Wellington and was, for many years, on the full-time staff at the NZ School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington.
Mark originally hails from rural Worcestershire, England, and studied at Cambridge University, the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. After four years on the music staff of Scottish Opera, he moved to London in 1991 where he conducted the original London productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Assassins, and Passion.
He has conducted shows at the National Theatre and has worked with some of the great stars of theatre and music including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench. He had a period directing musical theatre in Bermuda. He then held the position of Head of Music for ARTS-ED in London, one of the UK’s leading musical theatre colleges. Mark is an excellent tutor, who is “passionate about the training of young voices across the vocal spectrum”.
Heads Of School
Christine Douglas returns to Singing School NZ as Artistic Director-Classical, but because of the pandemic will be tutoring online.
She has performed extensively with Opera Australia, all the state opera companies and symphony orchestras in leading principal roles. She has also directed for Opera Australia and Opera Queensland and has performed in musical theatre productions.
Christine studied with Dame Joan Hammond at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University holding a Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy). She is also a member of ANATS – The Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Christine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore best practices in opera training in the UK and the USA. On her return to Australia, she founded Pacific Opera, the Sydney-based young artist development company which now has alumni singing in opera houses around the world. She has directed numerous operas for Pacific Opera and currently serves on their Board as Executive Vice-Chair. Christine has a thriving private singing studio in Sydney.
Experienced Tutors and Accompanists
Our students work with our highly experienced tutors and accompanists each day. Many of our faculty have been involved with the Singing School for many years. Some have specialist skills to extend your knowledge of your voice health and performance.
Our school faculty is largely confirmed now and we are excited to have such skilled, talented and experienced people as tutors and accompanists. Covid-19 quarantines and lockdowns mean some of our international tutors will tutor online, but most of the tutoring will be in person.
Christine Douglas (Aust) Artistic Director and online tutor
Conal Coad (NZ/Aust) Opera Director
Frances Wilson (NZ) Advanced Vocal Tutor
Robert Tucker (NZ) Vocal Tutor
Fiona McAndrew (NZ) Vocal Tutor
James Wright (NZ) Waiata composer and tutor
Mark Dorrell (NZ) Artistic Director Musical Theatre
Jennifer Ward-Lealand (NZ) Stage Director
Delia Hannah (NZ) specialist tutor
Jane Keller (NZ) Vocal Tutor
Julia Booth (NZ) Vocal Tutor
Scot Hall (NZ) Tutor
Our talented accompanists are highly experienced working with singers.
The Singing School normally offers opportunities for trainee tutors and accompanists to work alongside and learn from our experienced faculty.
However, because of the condensed school in 2021, the tutors will not have capacity for mentoring trainees.
Please email the School manager or phone 027 256 8549 if you would like to discuss this.
Singing School NZ could not happen without the generous support of our enthusiastic local volunteers.
If you want to be part of the school, you could help with enrolments, sorting music, or guiding students to their next class! We can schedule your involvement to suit us both.
Please email the School manager or phone 027 256 8549 if you have time and energy to help us out!
We welcome Observers as part-time students in the Singing School. This can be a great opportunity to refresh and strengthen skills for:
school music teachers
Enrolment details to be announced in May 2021.