We bring together an outstanding faculty for each school. 

You will work with our Artistic Directors, Skilled Tutors and Accompanists and trainees from theatres, opera companies, and music schools around the world.

Our Faculty

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the review of the school dates, please note that our faculty may change as we confirm availability.



Christine Douglas – Artistic Director Classical |  Mark Dorrell – Artistic Director Musical Theatre 

 Experienced tutors and accompanists  | Trainees opportunity |  Volunteer opportunity

Mark Dorrell, Artistic Director Musical Theatre, is highly regarded in musical theatre and is “passionate about the training of young voices across the vocal spectrum”. 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. 

Heads Of School

Christine Douglas, Artistic Director of Classical, has had an outstanding operatic career.  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 Douglas has a thriving private singing studio in Sydney.


Experienced Tutors and Accompanists


You will work with our highly experienced tutors and accompanists each day.  Many have been involved with the Singing School for many years and some bring specialist skills to extend your learning. 


Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the review of the school dates, please note that our faculty may change as we confirm availability. 

Confirmed to date are:


  • Christine Douglas (Aust) Artistic Director and Tutor

  • Peter Lockwood (NZ/Neth) Head of Advanced Classical

  • Dr Margaret Schindler (Aust) Advanced ClassicalTutor

  • Conal Coad (Aust) Advanced Classical Tutor & Opera Director 

  • Robert Tucker (NZ) Tutor 

  • Frances Wilson (NZ) Tutor 

  • Christina Grønborg (Aust) Adolescent Voice Specialist/Tutor

  • Tanja Binggeli (Aust) Language Tutor

Musical Theatre

  • Mark Dorrell (NZ) Artistic Director Musical Theatre

  • Jennifer Ward-Lealand (NZ) Tutor/Director

  • Irene Bartlett (NZ) Tutor

  • Jane Keller (NZ) Tutor

  • Pat Wilson (Aust) Tutor

  • Nick Hollamby (NZ) Tutor

Accompanists (mostly from NZ)

Our talented accompanists are pianists with experience working with singers.

  • Mark Bradley

  • Julie Coulson

  • Paul Carnegie-Jones

  • Penny Dodd

  • Tim Evans

  • Matt Everingham

  • Fiona McCabe

  • Hugh McMillan

  • Susan Melville

  • Kay Shacklock

  • Caelan Thomas

  • Catherine Norton


The Singing School offers opportunities for trainees to work alongside and learn from our experienced faculty.  You will develop your skills in tutoring, accompanying and directing a performance.

Applications for trainee voice teachers and accompanists will open in July-August 2020 a few months before the start of the next School for the January 2021 School. If you want to be actively involved in learning from some of our best tutors this is a good opportunity.

You can enrol as an Observer if you simply prefer to learn by watching (link to registration for observers). 


We appreciate having volunteers involved in the School.

You could help with enrolments, sorting music, directing students to class - our school could not operate without the generous support of a large group of dedicated volunteers.  Please contact the School manager at info@singingschool.org.nz or 027 256 8549.

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