SINGERS

Alexandra Buchanan

ALTO

Born in Wellington, Alex is currently studying Classical Performance Voice and Law at Victoria University. She went to St Matthew’s Collegiate in Masterton, where she enjoyed singing in several school productions and choirs. She was previously a member of NZSSC from 2019-2020.

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

ALTO

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.

Ben Prendergast

BASS

Kia Ora! I am Ben, and I was born in Wellington, but am currently studying Medicine in Dunedin at the University of Otago. I love singing, and have performed with my school choir, Con Anima, as well as NZSSC 2019-2020 and many others. I love learning new music (sometimes as procrastination for my studies), and look […]

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 […]

Grace Wellik

ALTO

Born in Wellington, Grace is currently studying Composition and Classical Performance with Dr Morag Atchison at The University of Auckland and singing with the Auckland Chamber Choir. Grace’s love for music started with singing and piano lessons at the age of eight, and expanded throughout her time at Wellington Girl’s College where she composed and […]

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. […]

Josh Long

TENOR

Josh was born and raised in Auckland, fostering his love of singing at Rangitoto College in The Fundamentals Choir. Since then he has gone on to sing in and with community choirs such as Harbour Voices and Camerata, as well as singing in the Auckland Chamber Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir and the Voices New […]

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.

Ivan Zhang

TENOR

Ivan is a Law and Music student at the University of Auckland, majoring in Classical Voice Performance. He is under the tutelage of Dr Te Oti Rakena. He began singing in choirs during high school and has thoroughly enjoyed it since. Aside from his studies, he has a passion for playing the euphonium and baking […]

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 […]

Jennifer Huckle

ALTO

Jennifer Huckle is currently studying towards a BMus in Classical Voice at Victoria University of Wellington. She previously attended Westlake Girls High School in Auckland, where she was part of the ‘Cantare’ and ‘Choralation’ choirs. As well as being involved in choral singing throughout her life, Jennifer is also interested in performing as an opera […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cameron McConchie

TENOR

Cameron was born and raised in Auckland, with his passion for music and singing in choirs beginning when he started school. That passion grew when he attended Westlake Boys High School, joining Voicemale and later Choralation during this time. While taking a gap year this year, he plans to pursue composition and develop his skills, […]

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. 

Olivia Forbes

SOPRANO

Born in Auckland, Olivia is a third year student at Auckland University studying a conjoint degree in Classical Voice and Italian. She was first introduced to classical music in year five under the tuition of Shelagh Richardson. She was a member of Kristin School’s premiere choir Euphony for five years under the direction of David […]

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.

Philip Oliver

TENOR

Philip is studying a PhD in Software Engineering at Victoria University of Wellington, and is based there. Starting his choral singing at Tawa College, Philip has since been involved with a number of choirs, including NZSSC and now NZYC. He is also the current Music Director of the Wellington Youth Choir.

Nicolas Davey

BASS

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

Quillan Denton

BASS

Kia Ora. My name is Quillan, and I have been singing in choirs for as long as I can remember. Originally from the North Shore of Auckland, I remain based there, having attended Rangitoto College and having graduated only recently from the college in 2020. I managed to gain a place in the New Zealand […]

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 […]

Sarah Mileham

SOPRANO

Sarah is a young singer currently completing her first year of a Bachelor in Music, Majoring in Classical Performance at the New Zealand School of Music. Originally from Tauranga, Sarah has moved to pursue her love of singing in Wellington and gets involved in as many musical events in the community as possible. Her love […]

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 Medicine at the University of Otago. As well […]

Robin Park

BASS

Robin studies at the University of Otago and is working towards a double degree of Law and Commerce majoring in Marketing Management. Born in New Jersey, Robin started his choral journey when he attended Palmerston North Boys’ High School and joined the OK Chorale. He was also a member of the 2017-18 NZSSC. Currently learning […]

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 […]

Rosa Elliot

SOPRANO

Growing up in Christchurch, Rosa Elliott completed a BMus and BA at the University of Canterbury, going on to complete her MMus in Composition through the University of Auckland. Rosa’s love for singing began at Burnside High School where she sang as a soprano in Bel Canto. She continues to sing in the Christchurch Youth […]

Xavier Krause

TENOR

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