• Singing School

Special Winter School for 2021

Updated: Jul 24

The 30th national Singing School New Zealand will be held from 3 to 10 July next year, moving out of its normal summer schedule in January.

“We were keen as a Trust to hold the school in 2021 but the Covid-19 situation has challenged us and the best solution was to delay the school for 6 months – it has given us time to breathe and refocus,” says Helen Walker, NZ Singing School Trust Chairman.

The 2021 school will be held again at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Napier. Singing School NZ 2021 will offer a revised programme for both classical singers and musical theatre performers, a mix that makes this school unique in Australasia. Technical training in vocal and stage performance, one-on-one masterclasses, group ensemble classes, and an end-of-school celebration concert will be in the programme. Online classes are expected to be a key element as students and tutors have become more familiar with this style of teaching during the Covid-19 lockdown.


The Artistic Directors who are developing the new programme are Christine Douglas from Sydney’s Pacific Opera and Mark W Dorrell, New Zealand based musical theatre director.


However the July school will be shorter over 8 days, instead of the usual 11. It will also cater for up to 40 students who will be mostly university aged or older students, as it coincides with most universities mid-year breaks but not the secondary school break .


“We are grateful that our major sponsor, EIT, has been very supportive, and can accommodate our students on their campus during the first week of the EIT mid-year break,” says Helen Walker

“This will be a very special cohort of faculty and students, as a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity to be in Hawke’s Bay for a mid-winter Matariki school. We will have a different programme and some faculty changes but, in many ways, we are going back to the solid core of the school in the 1980s when it was smaller and more personal. It’s going to be a cosy but hardworking school,“ she says.

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