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This is the official website of the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir.

Welcome to the NZSSC 2017-2018!

posted 30 Nov 2016, 17:22 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 30 Nov 2016, 17:32 ]

We are delighted to announce the 60 members of the NZSSC 2017-2018. From 250 students, 60 singers in four equal parts (SATB) were selected. We look forward to getting to know them all at our first gathering in Wellington, April 2017, and to their development into a world class youth choir!

Choir members list

NZSSC Auditions update

posted 12 Oct 2016, 15:32 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 12 Oct 2016, 15:37 ]

Congratulations to the nearly 250 young singers who auditioned for the 2017-2018 NZSSC! We had a fantastic 9 days touring the country, meeting an amazing number of wonderful young singers. Results will be emailed in the next few days (by end Monday Oct 17) with individual audition reports posted shortly afterwards. Successful students will also receive membership forms. We look forward to welcoming our new members for an exciting and challenging new choir cycle.

NZSSC Auditions

posted 12 Sep 2016, 16:59 by Anna Bowron

We are holding auditions for the 2017-2018 NZSSC Sept 26 to October 4 (during school holidays). See the Joining the Choir section for more information, videos on the audition process and online applications. 

The Big Sing Finale Concert a wonderful way to farewell the 2015-2016 NZSSC

posted 28 Aug 2016, 16:19 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 28 Aug 2016, 16:20 ]

A wonderful concert, attended by around 1500, was the final high point for the NZSSC 2015-2016 cycle. We were extremely proud to be a part of this incredible national festival and to see so many of our members as soloists or leaders of their choirs. We can't help be sad to say goodbye, but also hopeful that the 2017-2018 NZSSC will be just as good!

NZSSC at The Big Sing Finale 2016

posted 23 Aug 2016, 14:31 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 23 Aug 2016, 14:37 ]

The 2015-2016 NZSSC will perform their final concert this weekend at the Big Sing Finale. It will be a bit sad ...but also a joyous occasion celebrating the amazing choir this group of young people from all over New Zealand has become - students from 38 schools from Dunedin to Whangarei. Highlights of the two year cycle have included: 2016 national ANZAC commemorations, broadcast live on television; NZSSC's 30th Anniversary Celebrations; singing the incredible War Requiem with the CSO and combined Christchurch choirs; and of course our role as Guest Choir at the International Choral Kathaumixw, Canada. For many of our members, the highlight has been making 59 new friends with whom they share a passion for singing.  This has been a really special bunch and we know their futures will bring wonderful things! We hope they keep in touch!  

NZSSC at The Big Sing Finale
Saturday August 27, 1.15pm
Dunedin Town Hall
Entrance by gold coin donation (school students' free)

Audition for the 2017-2018 NZSSC!

posted 14 Aug 2016, 16:58 by Anna Bowron

We will sadly farewell our fantastic 2015-2016 members after our performance at The Big Sing Finale later this month, and we are looking for 60 new members who can continue the amazing tradition of this outstanding national choir. If you love to sing and will be a secondary student in 2017 you can apply online in our Joining the Choir section.

Auditions will be held in the September/October school holidays with membership commencing in 2017.

The NZSSC returns to Canada: come and hear us before we depart!

posted 22 May 2016, 19:35 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 31 May 2016, 14:10 ]

In July, the 2015-2016 NZSSC is returning to the International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia, but this visit will be a bit different. On past tours, 2004 and 2010, the choir competed in Youth, Folk and Mixed Voice Choir categories and won several awards including the 2010 People's Choice Award. This year the choir has been invited as Guest Choir. What an honour. We can't wait to return to this amazing festival in an incredibly beautiful part of the world!

Says Festival Director Paul Cummings, "We are still talking about your riveting performances here in 2010. I know that you do great work, and you’re a wonderful ambassador for New Zealand in the international choral stage. NZSSC is known to give an entertaining, moving and a varied program which is a great combination in my opinion. The NZSSC would provide such an interesting and inspiring mix…especially in shared concerts." 

We will perform with choirs from all over the world, including Artists in Residence Novel Voz from Cuba and competing choirs from USA, Canada, Australia, Austria, China, South Africa, Hong Kong and Hungary. View our tour schedule here

Before we leave....come and hear the choir's farewell performance in Auckland:
Friday July 1, 7.30pm
Somervell Presbyterian Church
497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland

Book tickets here: NZSSC Concert July 1

We will launch our CD recorded in Wellington, April 22, at the concert - CDs will be available for purchase.

NZSSC Boosted crowdfunding campaign a huge success

posted 22 May 2016, 19:10 by Anna Bowron

Thanks to so many wonderful supporters, we reached our crowdfunding target with a week to spare, and went on to raise over $11,000 towards our 30th Anniversary Student Support Fund. This fund will ensure that no one is excluded from NZSSC membership due to their financial background.

We are especially thankful for the contribution by long-term NZSSC supporter, Dame Adrienne Stewart. Dame Adrienne matched each donation, dollar for dollar, until $5000 had been donated.  


posted 23 Apr 2016, 21:40 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 17 May 2016, 22:27 ]

Our 30th Anniversary has encouraged us to look towards our bright future!

So….we are very excited to have launched our first ever Boosted crowdfunding campaign, the NZSSC 30th Anniversary Student Support Fund.

Travel, accommodation, international touring, concerts, tutoring and uniforms all add up to membership fees that can put families under pressure, or even prohibit students from auditioning. Donations to our Boosted campaign will directly support current and future students, ensuring no one misses the incredible experience of the NZSSC on the grounds of financial background.

Please donate now to this fantastic campaign and help ensure the choir is accessible to all young New Zealand singers.

Donate through Boosted now!

Boosted Updates:

Meet Alumni Tecwyn Evans

Meet Alumni Chris Bruerton

Meet Alumni Amelia Berry

30 Years....1000 Voices!

posted 17 Feb 2016, 16:34 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 15 Mar 2016, 16:56 ]

This year the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir is celebrating 
30 years of learning, laughing, singing and touring: 1986-2016.

We invite all those 1000 voices to celebrate with us in Wellington over ANZAC weekend, April 21-25.
Join us to reconnect with old friends (staff, students and musicians), sing with us at our concerts, hear the wonderful 2015-2016 choir perform, party with us to celebrate the amazing experiences we have all had as part of the NZSSC family!

In conjunction with the anniversary, and the choir’s commitment to attracting and nurturing New Zealand's best young voices, not just the most privileged, we are launching a fundraising campaign through Boosted to ensure ongoing financial assistance to those members who need it. 

To be a part of this weekend, or to donate to our Anniversary Boosted campaign, follow this link to our online invitation and registration form:   30 years....1000 Voices! Registration form

All events are open to the public except the Saturday night party (for alumni and past staff only). 

General public tickets for the Friday night concert can be booked here: NZSSC concert booking form

Reunion Programme

Thursday April 21, 6.00pm: Performance at Parliament by invitation of Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education (very limited tickets available)
Friday, April 22, 7.30pm:Concert performance by NZSSC 2015-2016, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Thorndon. The massed Alumni choir will sing Andrew Withington’s arrangement of Hine E Hine
Saturday, April 23, 7pm until late: Party at Cable Room, Mac's Brew Bar, 4 Taranaki Street, Wellington. 
Sunday, April 24, 10am: NZSSC 2015-2016 will sing at the St Paul’s Cathedral church service with half hour concert following the service. Free, all welcome 
Monday, April 25, 11am: NZSSC 2015-2016 will sing at the National ANZAC Day Service of Commemoration, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Free, all welcome 
Monday, April 25, 5.10pm:    NZSSC 2015-2016 will sing at the special ANZAC Beating of the Retreat, Pukeahu National     War Memorial Park. Free, all welcome 

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