About ChoirsNZ

"This is a story of vision and commitment in which eight themes can be traced. These themes are: high quality musical leadership, a culture of high sacrifice and high reward, challenging repertoire, good communication within all levels of the choir, improving musicianship, and the loyalty of audiences and sponsors." - Choir of the World:  Simon Tipping published by Dunmore Press 2002

Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust’s purpose is to create, nurture and promote vocal excellence in choral singing.

Our objective is to sustain and promote three complementary but distinct choirs; an internationally renowned professional choir – VOICES New Zealand, a youth choir, the New Zealand Youth Choir, and NZSSC for high school-aged singers. In a new initiative to broaden the engagement for young singers, the Aotearoa Academy Choir was formed in 2023. These three choirs inspire and develop New Zealand’s extraordinary young talent.

Choirs Aotearoa also runs an Outreach and Engagement programme which includes conductor training, composer mentoring, an annual composition competition Compose Aotearoa!, a Pasifika arts management internship, workshops and masterclasses in schools and with community choirs.

Under the artistic guidance of:

2011 -             David Squire (Music Director - New Zealand Youth Choir)
1989 -             Dr Karen Grylls (Artistic Director / MD - Voices NZ)
1983 - 1988   Prof. Peter Godfrey (Music Director)
1979 - 1984   Prof. Peter Godfrey (Guest Conductor)
1982 - 1987   David Wood (Assistant Music Director)
1979 - 1982   Dr Guy Jansen (Music Director)

and under the management of:

2016 -             Arne Herrmann
2010 - 2016   Roger Lloyd
2008 - 2010   Barbara George
2002 - 2007   Jenny Jamieson
2001 - 2002   Lucy Tod
2001 - 2001   Mark da Vanzo
1992 - 2001   Jacqui Simpson
1989 - 1992   Neil Henderson
1985 - 1988   Paddy Nash
1979 - 1984   Colin Brown


Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust thanks the generous corporate sponsorship over the years from:

Infratil http://www.infratil.com/ (NZYC Principal Sponsor) 2012 -
Tower Group
2000 – 2008
QE11 Arts Council renamed Creative New Zealand
Works Consultancy 1992 – 1996
Department of Education
Electricorp 1989 – 1992
BP (New Zealand) 1987 – 1989
National Bank 1979 - 1986