This is the official website of the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir.
We have fondly farewelled the 2013-14 choir at a wonderful final concert at the Big Sing Finale in Auckland. We wish these 58 young singers all the best in their futures, which will no doubt include strong contributions to New Zealand's amazing choral community.
Online applications are now open for the 2015-16 choir. We welcome all singers who will be secondary students in 2015. See our Joining the Choir section for full details or Contact us with any further questions about auditions or membership.
Our 13 day tour of Singapore and Malaysia is now very sadly over! With 15 concerts in 14 days, the choir performed before audiences totalling
several thousands, with standing ovations at almost every concert. This was
quite an achievement considering the choir’s repertoire is mostly far removed
from the typical modern style of choral music in Malaysia. Performance
highlights included performing for guests at the Residence of the NZ High
Commissioner to Singapore; performing as Guest Choir at the Orientale Concentus
Festival, before choirs and music lovers from several Asian nations; and
performing for the Malaysian Minister for Arts and Culture at the National
Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The tour allowed members and staff to
experience two wonderful Asian countries through music, culture, food and the
welcoming locals we performed with and for.
Just one more performance for the 2013-14 choir before we farewell our current members and make way for the 2015-16 NZSSC! Online applications are now open in the Joining the Choir section.
NZSSC at the Big Sing Finale: final concert of the 2013-14 choir
Saturday August 23, 2.15-3.00pm
Auckland Town Hall, free entry.
In July the choir will undertake a tour to Singapore and Malaysia to participate in the Orientale Concentus Festival in Singapore, a festival of youth choirs attracting around 2000 singers in 50 choirs from throughout Asia and beyond. Following the festival we travel up the west coast of Malaysia. During our 14 day tour, we will perform in Singapore, Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang in a fantastic range of concerts, workshops, master classes and cultural exchanges with schools and choral groups throughout the region.
Prior to departure we have two public concerts:
7.30pm Sunday July 6: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College, Christchurch
7.30pm Monday July 7: St Michael's Church, Remuera, Auckland
4.30pm - 6.00pm Saturday July 5: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College Christchurch
Please join us to view our rehearsal process, led by Andrew Withington and Christchurch composer Richard Oswin, joining us to refine his piece Lux Aeterna with the choir. We especially welcome young singers keen to audition for the 2015-16 NZSSC as an introduction to the experience of choir membership.
All welcome, free entry.
We have recently produced a video about the choir, which we welcome you to view and share with all those interested in the choir, including potential future members.Thank you to Sarah Wilcox who initiated this fantastic overview of how the choir operates and the experience we offer our members.
The choir gathers in Wellington for a very busy week of concerts after Easter.
Great Hall, Parliament: The Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage, and a Vice Patron of the NZSSC, has invited us to sing at Parliament on April 23, 5.30pm. Attendance is by invitation.
St Pauls Cathedral: Our public concert will be at the beautiful cathedral on Saturday April 26, 7.30pm. Tickets $25 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. These can be purchased at the door or through this link:
St Pauls Cathedral Sunday service: The choir will provide the music for the Sunday service, April 27, 10.00am. All welcome.
Thank you to the wonderful audiences we experienced in Southland/Central Otago! Nearly 200 people braved the cool weather at our outdoor concert in Queenstown, we had to turn people away in Wanaka due to a sellout, and our Alexandra crowd gave us fantastic feedback:
"Unbelievable, closed my eyes and drifted away";
"So focussed"; "Disciplined".
Thank you, we hope to be back in this beautiful area soon!
The NZSSC is delighted to be rehearsing in Queenstown in January 2014 with three concerts:
Thursday January 23, 12.30pm: The Green, Queenstown, as part of Summerdaze Festival
(free outdoor concert)
Friday January 24, 7.30pm: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka
Saturday January 25, 7.30pm: Alexandra Memorial Hall
For Wanaka and Alexandra ticket reservations, click here:
Our October 5 concert at St Kentigern College, Auckland, showed fantastic progress, presenting a wide range of music to an entranced audience. Someone said to me it was "like listening to a choir in heaven". Well done to everyone, including our Conducting Intern Josh Clarke who conducted two pieces during the concert.
Our Open Rehearsal at Dilworth School was very well attended and again, much appreciated by the audience.
The NZSSC will be gathering for a week of rehearsals at St Kentigern College from September 30, with public concert at the St Kentigern College Hall on Saturday October 5, 8.00pm.
This will be another fantastic concert from the national choir, including music from Michael McGlynn, Mozart, Brahms, David N.Childs, Keith Hampton and Wehi Whanau - ticket bookings online: Auckland concert bookings.
The choir will also present an Open Rehearsal on Friday October 4, 2.30pm to 4.00pm at the David Beattie Centre (opposite chapel), Dilworth School, Remuera. Entrance from Erin Street.
This is an opportunity to see the workings of a national choir, to see our Music Team lead our members in the build up to the Saturday night concert, and a chance for potential future members to become familiar with our rehearsals process.
Please email us on email@example.com if you are interested in bringing a school or choir group to this open rehearsal.