The New Zealand Singing School is highly appreciative of the support given to us by our Patrons, sponsors and funding agencies.  Their assistance enables us to bring quality tutoring to our students.   Some generous private donors also assist our young singers; you can find out here how you can be involved with the School in this way.
Learn about many of our notable alumni who have gone on to exciting careers thanks to this kind and generous support.

Our Sponsors


We are proud to have the support of our stellar Patrons who show a great interest in the school. We've been fortunate to have had some of them teach valued masterclasses.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Malvina Major

Sir Donald McIntyre

Simon O’Neill, ONZM

George Henare, OBE

Judy Bellingham, MNZM

Sponsors and Funders


Our Major Sponsor

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Napier has long been a significant sponsor, providing their attractive, modern campus for the school.  EIT is the major tertiary education provider on the eastern coast of the North Island.  IDEAschool, with industry-experienced lecturers and purpose-built facilities, sets students up for a career in visual arts and design, fashion, music or screen production. 


We are grateful for the support of other sponsors whose funding helps make the school a success for our students.

  • Adam Foundation - supporting our faculty

  • Centre City Music Trust - supporting our students

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Centre City Music Theatre Scholarships 

We are pleased to announce a new scholarship for financial hardship. The Centre City Music Theatre Scholarships can be applied for by students who are accepted into the school but would struggle to raise the fees required.  The scholarships are $1000 each for a classical student and a musical theatre student.  This has been made possible by the thoughtful donation of Centre City Music Theatre. Contact the School manager for details.

Donors & making donations


People can get involved with the school by being donors.  Our donors and supporters get invitations to special events.  Donations are acknowledged in programmes and other school materials.  All donations are tax deductible.  Please contact the School manager to arrange or phone 027 256 8549.

Our generous Donors in 2021 are:

Bettina & Greg Driscoll

Joan Low

Malcolm Cox

Edith McGibbon

C J Dooney

Moyra Cox

Pen & Sam Robinson

Julie Eagle


Our Alumni

During over 40 years of the School, hundreds of talented singers have come to Singing School NZ to follow their passion, and many have gone onto exciting careers. A few return as tutors to further inspire students. Some of our notable past students are listed below.

Tenor Simon O'Neill with accompanist Mar
  • Deborah Wai Kapohe, 1990 – well known New Zealand performer and recording artist; co-creator and sponsor of the annual Pacific   Songwriting Competition. 

  • Andrea Creighton 1991 – performing in musical theatre and opera internationally.

  • Simon O’Neill, 1993 (Photo) – a leading NZ tenor with an opera and concert career all over the world, and who we are proud to have as a Patron of Singing School NZ.

  • Amelia Whiteman 1995 & 1997 - a member of popular crossover group Elysium III. 

  • Katherine Wiles, Soprano 1997 - with Opera Australia after studying in the UK.

  • Andrew Conley, 1999 – a baritone performing in opera and oratorio in London; performed with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Blenheim Palace.

  • Stephanie Acraman 1999 – a classically trained soprano, who also works in Jazz and Musical Theatre in Australia, NZ and   internationally; teacher at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music

  • Robert Tucker, student in 2003 and regular SSNZ tutor - NZ School of Music Artist Teacher; performing in opera in NZ.

  • James Schaw, 2005 - actor, singer now performing in tv and stage in Australia.

  • Chris Bruerton, trainee tutor 2007 - a member of the world-famous a cappella ensemble The King’s Singers, based in the UK.

  • Kawiti Waetford, 2009 - multiple scholarship recipient; performer; holds a national role for Te Aho Tū Roa connecting, facilitating and empowering people within mahi taiao, te reo, and mātauranga Māori.

  • Jonathon Abernathy, 2009 & 2011 – multiple scholarship and award recipient, winner of the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award.  Performing in Europe; a recurring artist with the Auckland Opera Study.

  • Joel Amosa - 2015 – performing opera and oratorio in NZ and internationally; winner of NZ Lexus Song Quest 2018.