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Our Team

A talented team of professionals

Susan Densem

Susan Densem

Music Director & Conductor

 BA, B Mus, Dip Mus, ATCL Perf. Voice, Dip Teaching

 

Susan’s professional singing career began in 1986 with Canterbury Opera, then continued as an opera singer and soprano soloist for many choral societies within New Zealand and Australia. She has toured extensively overseas performing with a number of ensembles and has been a soloist on many occasions for Sir David Willcocks. After completing her music and teaching qualifications in Christchurch, she studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Susan is currently working as an ITM at Burnside High School where she teaches voice and conducts three award-winning choirs. She has also been Music Director of the Jubilate Singers and the University of Canterbury Chamber Choir (Consortia). As a chorister, she has sung in Voices New Zealand, NZ National Youth Choir, the Jubilate Singers and the Queensland University Chamber Singers.

Brent Stewart

Brent Stewart

Assistant Director & Accompanist

BMus(1st Class Hons), PGDipEd


Brent is currently Head of Music at Wellington East Girls' College, Music Director of The Orpheus Choir of Wellington, and Orchestra Wellington's Sub-Principal Percussionist. Brent studied at Auckland University, Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand School of Music. He has extensive experience performing both nationally and internationally and has performed and recorded as a percussion concerto soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, and the Auckland Philharmonia. Brent was the Music Director of the Hutt Valley Orchestra for ten years, and has performed in two tours of The Phantom of the Opera in Japan. He regularly performs in the pit with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Opera and was the founding assistant conductor of Orchestra Wellington.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Assistant Director & Vocal Consultant

MMus (Hons), GradDipTchg (Secondary), BA

 

Rachel Alexander studied at the University of Auckland and holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and a Master of Music (Honours) in Classical Performance (Voice).

Rachel was a member of NZYC and sang with the New Zealand Opera Chorus from 2005-2014.

Rachel is currently singing with Voices New Zealand Chamber choir having been a member since 2010 and in 2011 attended the 9th World Symposium on Choral Music in Argentina.

As well as performing regularly, both as a soloist and in choirs around Auckland and New Zealand. Rachel teaches both itinerant voice and classroom Music at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland. She is the director of their Year 7 & 8 Choir, Senior Choir, co-director and vocal consultant to the St Cecilia Singers and also directs two Handbell Choirs.

Anna Bowron

Anna Bowron

Manager NZSSC

BA (Waikato University), Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration (London City University)

 

Anna studied languages and business at Waikato University and later, during years working and travelling in the UK, decided on a career in arts management. Following postgraduate studies in Arts Administration, she worked in touring theatre production in the north of England. On her return to New Zealand, Anna worked for Taki Rua Productions as Business Manager, producing ground-breaking theatre from Maori playwrights including Witi Ihimaera, Toa Fraser and Briar Grace-Smith, and touring Maori language plays to schools and kohanga reo throughout New Zealand. Anna joined NZSSC in 2009, working alongside Artistic Director Andrew Withington for nine years. 

Carole Randall

Carole Randall

Student Wellbeing and Course Logistics Manager

Dip Tchg, B.Ed, LTCL [ Singing]

 

Carole brings a range of skills to her role as NZSSC Student Wellbeing and Course Logistics Manager. She has worked at the University of Otago College of Education lecturing in Music Education and Professional Practice for 21 years after teaching in numerous primary schools. She has also been a Music Adviser in Otago and Southland and a member of the Ministry of Education Arts panel in writing the current NZ Arts Curriculum.

She is chairperson of the NZ Choral Federation Otago region and coordinator of the Otago BIG SING and in 2013 the National Finale. She is a choral singer and conductor, currently conducting the Dunedin Star Singers choir and Tahuna School Intermediate choir. She has been with the NZSSC since 2011.