Farewell to Jill Tobin
The longest serving NZ Singing School Trust member Jill Tobin has stepped down from the governance board. Jill has been a key figure in the development and success of the Singing School New Zealand – Te Wānanga Toi Waiata since its inception.
Jill was involved with establishing the first Song and Opera Workshop with Beatrice Webster as tutor in 1978, and was the administrator for the 1980 and 1981 schools. She then served as a Trustee from 1978 to 2017. She returned to the Board for the 2019 school and the discontinued 2021 school.
Jill felt that with the cancellation of the delayed Singing School due to be staged in July this year, the time was right to step down and pursue her other musical interests.
“Retiring from the Singing School Trust will leave a gap in my life but I will always be very interested in the future of the School. I am leaving it in very capable hands with a strong Board of Trustees,” said Jill.
Trust Chairman Helen Walker acknowledged Jill’s contribution to the long life of the School. “It was sad to receive Jill’s resignation from the Board. The Trustees, tutors and students all appreciate Jill’s knowledge, her energy and her passion for the Singing School and we wish her well as she continues teaching singers.”
Singing School New Zealand - Te Wānanga Toi Waiata was scheduled to be held in July this year, after being delayed by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Planning for the summer 2023 school is underway.