News and Concerts


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

NZSSC Open Rehearsal: Sunday April 23

posted 21 Apr 2017, 18:52 by Anna Bowron   [ updated 22 Apr 2017, 02:22 ]

We welcome you all to come and hear the NZSSC 2017-2018 in rehearsal at the end of their first week together as the national choir for secondary students.

Wellington Girls
College Hall
Pipitea Street (hall entrance is 100m from the Pipitea/Mulgrave traffic lights, heading away from the city)
2.00pm to 2.45pm
Join us for a cup of tea following the rehearsal.


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.  

A BOOST for NZSSC!

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



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