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 our rescheduled school in 3-10 July 2021
our Artistic Directors have still to confirm faculty.



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

 Experienced tutors and accompanists  | Trainees opportunity |  Volunteer opportunity

Mark Dorrell returns to Singing School NZ as Artistic Director-Musical Theatre.


Mark is highly regarded in musical theatre. 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. Mark is an excellent tutor, who is “passionate about the training of young voices across the vocal spectrum”.

Heads Of School

Christine Douglas returns to Singing School NZ as Artistic Director-Classical.


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 has a thriving private singing studio in Sydney.


Experienced Tutors and Accompanists


Our students work with our highly experienced tutors and accompanists each day.  Many of our faculty have been involved with the Singing School for many years. Some have specialist skills to extend your knowledge of your voice health and performance. 

For the winter 2021 school faculty have yet to be determined and confirmed.  Below is listed the stunning faculty who were originally confirmed for the January 2021 school, before covid-19.  We hope that some of these talented people will be involved again.


  • 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


Our talented accompanists are mostly Kiwis experienced in 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


We welcome Observers as part of the Singing School.  This can be a great opportunity to freshen  skills for:

  • musical directors

  • singing teachers

  • school music teachers

  • choir singers

  • choir directors.

Enrolment details to be announced in March 2021.


Singing School NZ could not happen without the generous support of our enthusiastic local volunteers.  

You could help with enrolments, sorting music, or helping students get to where they need to be next!  We can schedule your involvement to suit us both.

Please email the School manager or phone 027 256 8549 if you have time and energy to help us out!

The Singing School offers opportunities for trainee tutors and accompanists to work alongside and learn from our experienced faculty. 

Requirements for trainee voice or directing tutors or accompanists will be considered and announced before the July 2021 School.

Please email the School manager or phone 027 256 8549 if you would like to be advised for 2021.


Get In Touch

We're happy to answer questions or add you to our contact list for the 2021 school! 

IMPORTANT: If you live outside NZ and want to attend in 2021, please check the Covid-19 information for travellers.