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Singing School New Zealand is a unique summer learning experience
where you can develop your singing & performance.

- Curriculum   - Who can apply?   Meet your Artistic Directors   Fees  

- Application Guide - Location  - Accommodation   - Awards    - Wellbeing

Basic programme
Timetable example


Kia ora! After a warm Hawke's Bay powhiri to welcome you, you'll enjoy 11 days of challenge and personal achievement.

The theme of the school for 2023 is 'Breaking Barriers'.  This will be your time to explore your voice and your performance capabilities, even try a new style!  You may make friends for life here - people who you will perform with again in the future - so enjoy the social times.

The school will culminate with you on stage at Toi Toi Hawke's Bay Opera House in a performance you will remember! 


The school day begins at 8.30, ends at around 5.30 for dinner and is followed in the evening with a lecture or one of the popular in-house concerts.

  • Daily warm ups and technical exercises

  • Masterclasses - two a day, giving one-on-one tuition in a small class that suits your voice and stream

  • Group and solo singing 

  • Vocal anatomy and vocal technique

  • Vocal health and physical well-being

  • Lectures and panel discussions

  • Pre-school webinars - meet your tutors

  • In-house concerts - confidence boosters!

  • Theatre skills - who does what backstage, stage etiquette, dress and makeup.

  • The business of singing - managing auditions, finances, agents, marketing.

Click button to see an example of your typical daily timetable ...


Choose Your  Study Stream

Students select a stream for their preferred masterclasses - you may also be in a similar styled ensemble for group singing work.


  • Movement and staging

  • Language studies - Italian and English lyric diction

  • Advanced singer option - includes opera tuition

  • Oratorio - a sacred opera with a choir


  • Acting and movement skills

  • Scene studies

  • Solo and group singing

  • Concert performance


  • Vocal techniques

  • Performance skills

  • English language focus

We offer our students

Who can apply?

Who can come to the school?

Full time

Full-time students should be 18 years old or above in Jan 2023, and can be as old as really old - like 40!  However, we will take applications from 16-17 year old students who are living at home or boarding with family in Napier and Hastings where they can be supported.

You should have had 3 years of singing lessons, so you know how to read music and are used to singing for a teacher. 


Fee information is on the Student Resources page.

part time

We offer a programme for people wanting to attend part-time and sit in on classes as observers.

This programme allows mature singers and music teachers refreshen their knowledge and skills during 1- 2 days, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the school.

NOTE: Fee information and applications will be available in September 2022. 

Application Guide
Artistic Directors

The School is located in sunny Hawke's Bay at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Taradale, Napier. 

We highly value this sponsorship from the EIT which allows us to use their attractive campus for classes and rehearsals. 

The campus has modern classrooms, a large rehearsal space in the whare (meeting house) and a lecture theatre for in-house concerts and talks. A cafeteria is open for lunch, dinner and snacks, plus there’s plenty of outdoor space for unwinding or studying between classes.

Check out the map for location.

Location Map

Introducing our Artistic Directors who look forward to working with you.

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Christine Douglas – Classical                                            

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Where to stay? You will need to budget for accommodation and transport costs if you stay any distance from the school.


  • Stay with friends or family in the area - don't forget to budget for contributing to household costs

  • Book a holiday house to share with other singing friends  - remember to budget for some food and possibly transport

  • Hostel accommodation will also be available at a reasonable cost.



Awards based on outstanding performances, learning and potential will be presented at the final school dinner.  

We offer hardship subsidies for students who may struggle with fees. Support will be made available based on a singing teachers application once a student has been accepted into the school.


Wellbeing, Health & Safety

Singing School NZ maintains Health and Safety standards as required by New Zealand law and by our campus sponsor, plus performance and accommodation venues.   Students and faculty are informed of these requirements on arrival.  Australian students in particular are given earthquake safety advice, as these occur in Hawke's Bay.


Because the School - and a singing career - is a demanding programme, we give talks and personally advise students on how to take care of their personal physical and mental well-being, including their voice.

Wellbeing, Health & Safety
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