SINGERS

Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby

ALTO

Kia ora! I’m an alto/mezzo soprano from Wellington. I moved to Auckland in 2020 for my Honours study in Classical Performance Voice at the University of Auckland. Singing in choirs is a huge part of my life. I was in NZSSC for two cycles and recently became a member of Voices NZ. I love singing […]

Althea Tarrosa

ALTO

Originally from the Philippines, Althea is currently based in Auckland. She is studying a conjoint degree in Law and Commerce (majors in Management and Economics) at the University of Auckland. Althea also plays the violin and her passion for music began while studying at Westlake Girls’ High School where she sang as part of Cantare […]

Anna Hamilton

SOPRANO

Originally hailing from Thames on the Coromandel Peninsular, Anna got her first introduction to classical singing at the age 13 from her singing teacher Jayne Tankersley. Anna continued under Tankersley’s instruction until 2019, when she began studying a law degree and a degree in Classical Voice at the University of Auckland under the tutelage of […]

Arlo Doak

TENOR

I’m from Wellington and I attended Wellington College. I am currently studying Law and Politics at the University of Auckland. I was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and I play the guitar and piano.

Bayley Goldstone

TENOR

Bayley is from Wellington and is currently studying French, Italian and Classical Performance in Voice at Victoria University of Wellington. He attended Tawa College, being a member of the school choirs, in school productions and instrumental groups. Previously, Bayley was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir from 2019 to 2020 and is […]

Benedict Tan

BASS

Benedict is from Auckland. He is a Speech and Language therapy student at the University of Auckland, hoping to graduate at the end of 2020.

Bianca Davidson

SOPRANO

Bianca joined the New Zealand Youth Choir in 2013. She is currently working in Auckland as a qualified optometrist with an interest in children’s vision. Bianca is also a member of Voices NZ and The University of Auckland Chamber Choir.

Blake Nicholson

BASS

Blake is from Auckland’s North Shore. Before joining the New Zealand Youth Choir, he went to Westlake Boys’ High School, where he sang in “Voicemale” and “Choralation” choirs, which kick-started his love for choral music.

Blake Scanlen

BASS

Blake’s passion for music comes from his time in choirs and barbershops at Westlake Boy’s High School. Now studying Music at the University of Auckland in composition, conducting and classical voice performance, he also sings with the Auckland Chamber Choir, Auckland Youth Choir and co-directs a choir on the North Shore. Blake also enjoys cycling, […]

Bria Renai

SOPRANO

Born in Wellington, Bria was first introduced to classical singing at the age of 9 under previous director of music, Michael Fulcher, then the former director Michael Stewart at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Under the instruction of Lesley Graham until 2018, Bria was heavily involved in her school choirs, Wellington Youth Sinfonietta and a member of […]

Brittany Osborne

ALTO

Brittany is based in Auckland but is originally from Wellington. She is currently studying towards a conjoint LLB/BMus degree, specialising in Classical Vocal Performance at the University of Auckland. Prior to this, she studied at Wellington Girls’ College where she was heavily involved in the choral life of the school. She has also been a […]

Carson Taare

BASS

I am a Palmerston North boy born and bred and music is my life. I play guitar and I sing (obviously). My favourite genre of music is Country/Folk and when I’m not playing, I’m writing music. I’m also doing building and construction with a local business for a job and I love it (but not […]

Cecilia Zhang

ALTO

Originally from Guangzhou, China, Cecilia’s passion for choral singing began at a young age. She was part of a children’s choir where she competed and won a gold award at the 5th World Choir Games in Graz, Austria. After moving to the beautiful Auckland city in 2015, she went to Macleans College where she participated […]

Dan Hodgetts

BASS

Daniel is Wellington-based, completing a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Jazz Performance at the New Zealand School of Music. Before University, Daniel attended Palmerston North Boys High School. He was a member of school choir ‘The OK Chorale’; and played trombone in the ‘PNBHS Stage Band’, here his passion for music and singing began. Daniel […]

Denzel Panama

TENOR

Denzel Panama is a singer, composer and conductor, born and raised in Auckland, NZ. He is currently the Director of Senior School Choirs at St Cuthbert’s College, AKL and is also vocal coach to the choirs at King’s College, AKL. He has sung with The Graduate Choir, The New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and is […]

Desmond Yong

BASS

Desmond is from Auckland. He is currently in his second year of studying an LLB/BMus conjoint majoring in Classical Performance at the University of Auckland under Dr Te Oti Rakena. Prior to NZYC, he was a member of NZSSC 2017 – 2018 and several other choirs and musical ensembles during his time at St Kentigern […]

Eden Garside

SOPRANO

I am a soprano from Wellington studying in Auckland! I have been singing since primary school but became really passionate at college where I had amazing teachers such as Isaac Stone and Marilyn Reynolds. I hope one day to become a singing teacher so that I can inspire and pass my love for singing on […]

Eden Vaatstra

SOPRANO

Kia ora, my name is Eden and I am studying a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Auckland. I am from Wellington where I went to St Mary’s College and was part of the Wellington Youth Choir and many other choirs, music groups and productions. […]

Emily Young

SOPRANO

Emily is from Auckland, New Zealand and is currently studying Classical Voice and Italian at the University of Auckland. She attended Saint Kentigern College where she spent a lot of her time in musical productions, choirs, and playing cello in orchestras.

Emma McLean

ALTO

Emma is a student at the University of Otago studying Law and a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice Performance. Originally from Christchurch, she was a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir in 2015-2016, and is currently a member of the Octagon Ensemble in Dunedin.

Hamish Regan

TENOR

Growing up in Auckland, Hamish has been a passionate singer for most of his life. In 2019, after being heavily involved in music at Macleans College, Hamish began studying towards a BCom/BMus degree at the University of Auckland, specialising in classical voice. Studying under Dr Te Oti Rakena, here he enjoys singing in the University […]

Hannah Ashford-Beck

ALTO

I come from the land of L&P but I have been living in Auckland while I study Classical Voice, Italian and German at the University of Auckland. You can often find me bingeing Netflix TV shows, baking, or biking in my spare time.

Imogen Harwood

SOPRANO

Imogen is a soprano currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. Imogen lived across Europe as a child and as a result has a deep appreciation for many musical cultures. She performed in many productions throughout her schooling, including Phantom of the Opera where she played […]

Joshua Jamieson

BASS

Hey, I’m Josh, I am currently a first year student studying at Victoria University of Wellington. I am working towards a Bachelor of Science with a particular interest in Marine biology and biodiversity…but we shall see where that goes in the future. I currently live in Napier and I was also born and raised here. […]

Karishma Thanawala

SOPRANO

Porirua-based soprano Karishma Thanawala is a student at Victoria University in Wellington studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce and Music, majoring in Classical Voice and Accounting. Her passion for singing is evident in Karishma’s membership in the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, the Young Woman’s Barbershop Chorus and performances at the Indian Association of Wellington at […]

Kassandra Wang

ALTO

Kassandra is studying a Bachelor of Music at Te Herenga Waka, engaging with all kinds of composition and music making from the most contemporary classical, to electronic bops, to jazz. She also sings in a number of choirs around Wellington, and loves being part of the rich arts and culture in Wellington.

Keani Taruia-Pora

SOPRANO

I completed my Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in Classical Voice in 2018. Now I teach singing at Takapuna Grammar School and Northcote College as well as being the Director of a junior girls choir at Takapuna Grammar, the Taka Crooners. I am a proud Cook Islander who grew up in South Auckland. Singing and […]

Lemau Lolesio

ALTO

I am from Windy Wellington and attended Wellington East Girls’ College where I was a part of various choirs, such as ‘Cantala’. Cantala is where I grew my love for classical music, and I am now residing in the city of the longest river studying a BMus in Classical Performance at the University of Waikato […]

Libby Montgomery

SOPRANO

Libby has lived all around the North Island and currently lives in Auckland studying a Bachelors of Music, majoring in Classical Performance (Voice) at UoA. She is a member of the Auckland Chamber Choir and has been performing for over 10 years. Some highlights have been being in UoA’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, being involved […]

Lilli Street

ALTO

Lilli is a Composition graduate from the NZSM at Victoria, University of Wellington. She loves to sing and has been a member of auditioned choirs throughout her education and into her adulthood. She is currently a member of Orpheus Choir of Wellington, and is taking voice lessons with Paloma Bruce.

Lillian Gibbs

SOPRANO

Lillian is a Soprano from Dunedin. She has enjoyed many years of choral activities, Including The Big Sing, the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir (2015-2018) and numerous international choral tours. Lillian is currently in her second year at the University of Otago, studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Sociology and Classical Voice Performance […]

Logan McAlister

BASS

Logan is from Auckland. He is doing a B Music at Auckland University studying classical voice under the tuition of Dr Te Oti Rakena. Logan went to Takapuna Grammar School where he sung in its choirs “Sultans “and “Chorale” and where his passion for musical theatre was nurtured. He is excited to be in the […]

Logan Hunt

TENOR

I’m a 20 year old student from Wellington who’s in my last year studying musicology and composition, as well as a lot of maths on the side (which are much more compatible than you might think.) I’m an active chorister in the Wellington region, singing in several choirs and arranging songs for many more. I […]

Lucy Clough

SOPRANO

Joining the NZYC whānau is a dream come true. I am a Bachelor of Science Graduate from the University of Otago, and have now moved on to further study in Law at the University of Canterbury, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Bioethics and Health Law through the University of Otago. Whilst music has not […]

Lydia Weir

ALTO

Returning choir member Lydia has been singing and performing in her towns local productions since the age of 5. Formerly a member of NZSSC, and joining NZYC in 2017, Lydia is passionate about choral music and classical singing. Growing up in Hawera, Taranaki, Lydia now lives in Wellington where she is studying in her final […]

Mackenzie Horwood-Verstappen

BASS

Kia ora! My name is Mackenzie and I am a baritone, originally from Wellington, who has migrated to Auckland in pursuit of a better climate! My choral singing career was kickstarted when I auditioned for the Wellington College Chorale in 2016 and loved every minute of it. Since then, my passion for singing has snowballed […]

Maggie Zhang

SOPRANO

Maggie is completing a Conjoint Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland. She is currently working as a junior acoustic and vibrations engineer.

Matthew Bennett

TENOR

When he’s not singing, Matthew spends his time finishing his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. Matthew enjoys singing in many music groups, from choirs to small ensembles with friends and treasures his time in NZYC, as it provides a great excuse to spend time with his favourite people.

Maximilian Wilson

TENOR

Max is from Auckland.He attended King’s College. Max was a member of NZ Secondary Students’ Choir and is currently a member of The Graduate Choir. 

Miles Timmis

BASS

Miles is originally from Manchester, UK and currently lives in Auckland. He is studying a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice at the University of Auckland after he finished high school at Rangitoto College in 2019. A member of NZ Secondary Students’ Choir in 2019-20, Miles also plays and teaches the trumpet around Auckland’s North […]

Nicholas Curry

TENOR

Nick is a Law and Music student at the university of Auckland. While taking breaks from studying the books, he enjoys playing in Jazz Bands and Singing in Choirs and other acapella groups.

Nicolas Davey

BASS

Nicolas is from Christchurch.He attended Burnside High School. Nicolas plays the piano and violin. 

Peter Liley

TENOR

Peter Liley is a sound artist living and working in Wellington. After finishing a bachelor of music in composition and music technology, and a diploma in saxophone performance, Peter is forging a career as a classical performer, experimental musician and installation artist in the capital. A performance by Peter usually involves custom-written software, lighting, and […]

Ren-C Tamayo

TENOR

Ren-C is from Wellington. He attended St. Patrick’s College in Wellington and was a member of the “Con Anima” choir as well as barbershop quartets, the jazz band and the chapel band. He was a member of the 2017 – 2018 NZSSC Cycle. He is currently studying a BSc in Pharmacology at the University of […]

Sally Haywood

ALTO

Sally attended Bethlehem College in Tauranga and has always been very involved in choral singing. She was in the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir for four years, and was leader of the choir from 2013-2014. She has recently graduated with a BMus (hons) in Classical Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music in […]

Samuel Harris

TENOR

Samuel is a second year student, currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. Originally from Havelock North in the Hawke’s Bay, Sam has been classically trained as a tenor. Throughout his schooling and tertiary education, Sam has been a member of the New Zealand Secondary […]

Shaunagh Chambers

SOPRANO

Shaunagh is currently in her third year at Victoria University in Wellington, studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Voice Performance at the New Zealand School of Music. She aspires to complete her degree with honours. Her passion for music outside of choral singing extends to playing the piano, violin and pipe organ.

Takerei Komene

BASS

Takerei is from Auckland, and joins NZYC in their third and final year at the University of Auckland. They are studying under a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance Voice, with Dr Te Oti Rakena. They are an active choral singer, composer, and conductor, having the privilege of singing in and working with many […]

Thomas Scott

TENOR

Thomas is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music conjoint majoring in Classical Trumpet and History. He began singing during primary school and took part in the auditioned choirs during primary and secondary school. In early 2017 he was selected for the 2017-19 cycle […]

Xavier Krause

BASS

Xavier is Wellington-based, and is an ex-Tawa college student. He is currently a first year student at the Victoria University of Wellington, studying a BSc/BMus Conjoint in Psychology and Classical Voice. Also a member of the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir, 2019-20. Hobbies include songwriting and learning languages