Benedict Tan


Benedict is from Auckland. Benedict was in the 2016 NZ Youth Choir and has returned again for the 2017-19 choir cycle. He and his two brothers are all current members of NZYC. Benedict attended Westlake Boys’ High School and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) Genetics and Psychology at Otago University. 

Keani Taruia-Pora


Tepua-Ite-Tiare-O-Ikurangi Keani Taruia-Pora is finishing her third and final year at Auckland University studying towards a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice.She is studying voice with Morag Atchison and Catrin Johnsson, is a member of Auckland Chamber Choir and ACCORD (Auckland Chamber Choir Girls Ensemble). Keani joined NZYC in 2017. Sponsored by: Iris Christopher

Karishma Thanawala


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 the annual Navrati and Diwali celebrations.

Matthew Bennett


Matthew is from Auckland.He attended Westlake Boys’ High School and is currently studying at the University of Auckland.Matthew plays the viola.

Peter Liley


Peter is from Wellington.He is currently studying a BMus in composition and sonic arts at Victoria University.Peter was a member of NZ Secondary Students’ Choir and is currently a member of Wellington Youth Choir.He plays the saxophone, clarinet and guitar.

Denzel Panama


Denzel is from Auckland.Denzel attended King’s College and is currently studying a BMus at the University of Auckland.Denzel was a member of NZ Secondary Students’ Choir and currently sings in Auckland Chamber Choir and The Graduate Choir.  Sponsored by:Rhonda Paton 

Arthur Adams-Close


Arthur is from Auckland.Arthur was a member of the NZ Secondary Students’ Choir from 2015-16 and is currently a member of Auckland Chamber Choir. Arthur went to Westlake Boys’ High School as is currently studying a BMus in Classical Voice at the University of Auckland.

Nicholas Curry


Nick is from Auckland.Nick attended Westlake Boys’ High School.He plays in a jazz band. 

Thomas Scott


Thomas is from Auckland.Thomas attended Saint Kentigern College.He plays the trumpet.

Blake Nicholson


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.

Maximilian Wilson


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. 

Maggie Zhang


Maggie is currently completing a Conjoint Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland. She is also working as a junior acoustic engineer. She grew up in Christchurch where she attended Burnside High School and was a member of choirs ‘Bel Canto’ and ‘Senior Chorale’. Here was where her passion for choral music began.

Nicolas Davey


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

Emily Young


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.

Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby

Lydia Weir


Lydia joined NZYC in 2017 and is from Hawera. She studies in Wellington. 

Libby Montgomery

Eden Vaatstra

Imogen Harwood

Lillian Gibbs

Shaunagh Chambers


Anna Hamilton

Lucy Clough

Eden Garside

Bria Renai

Emma McLean

Brittany Osborne

Althea Tarrosa

Kassandra Wang

Hannah Ashford-Beck

Lemau Lolesio

Lilli Street

Cecilia Zhang

Samuel Harris

Logan Hunt

Hamish Regan

Ren-C Tamayo

Arlo Doak

Bayley Goldstone

Takerei Komene

Xavier Krause

Logan McAlister

Desmond Yong

Joshua Jamieson

Dan Hodgetts

Blake Scanlen

Carson Taare

Miles Timmis

Sally Haywood


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 Wellington, and is currently teaching singing to share her passion.
Sally joined NZYC in 2014.

Bianca Davidson


Bianca is a student at The University of Auckland where she is currently completing her fifth and final year of a Bachelor of Optometry. She takes a special interest in contact lenses and binocular vision, and hopes to continue singing alongside her career in optometry.Prior to university, Bianca attended Rangitoto College where she was member of several orchestral groups and choirs including The Fundamentals and SOS.Bianca joined the New Zealand Youth Choir in 2013.