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The national choir for secondary school students, aged 13 to 18 years, the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir has about 60 members, auditioned every second year. We gather each school holidays for a week of rehearsals and concerts throughout the country, culminating in a tour to an international choir festival or competition.

NZSSC performs a wide variety of music, including works from New Zealand's top composers.


'NZSSC's singing is serious, fun, energetic, thoughtful and intelligent'
Music reviewer, David Sell


We promise to:inspire young people to be the best they can be nurture and champion New Zealand’s finest young voices (not just those financially able to contribute) be welcoming and accessible embrace contemporary opportunities

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The New Zealand Secondary Students Choir began as a choral course for secondary students in the 1960s, with its first performance in 1967, with the Wesley Chapel Choir, in Wellington, under the musical direction of Malcolm Rickard.

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Members of the New Zealand Secondary School Choir go on to have successful careers across a range of passions and occupations. Many achieve membership of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand, and develop music careers including as international soloists.

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Our Team

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View our Trust Deed, Amendment to Trust Deed and Vulnerable Child Policy

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