Join the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir


The New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir operates on a two year cycle.

Auditions for the 2019-2020 choir are now complete. Auditions for the 2021-2022 choir will be held in October 2020.

"Don't think you can't do it because you can. If you love singing, that's all that matters,"

"We take singing seriously but we have fun at the same time and everyone's there for the same reason: because we love music." NZSSC member Lemau Sio Lolesio 2009-2012.

Read a Stuff article on Lemau's experience of NZSSC and watch the video above explaining how auditions work.

Get in touch with our NZSSC Manager Anna Bowron if you have any further questions about joining NZSSC.


Preparing for an Audition

To see what you will be tested on, read our Audition Assessment (updated Sept 2018).

Pre-audition workshops were run by our music team in September 2016. Watch the below videos, recorded at the Auckland workshop, for insights into the audition process.

NZSSC Auditions Workshop: Song selection

NZSSC Auditions Workshops: Vocal Excercises

NZSSC Auditions Workshops: Aural Exercises (Part 1)

NZSSC Auditions Workshops: Aural Exercises (Part 2)

NZSSC Auditions Workshops: Sight Singing

NZSSC Auditions Workshop: Overall Impression

NZSSC Q&A from Auditions Workshops


Membership Fees

There is no fee to take part in the auditions.

Once selected to join the choir, membership fees for the full two year cycle are approximately $7,000, depending on the length and destination of the international tour. These fees cover:

  • Costs of attending all rehearsal courses, which run for up to one week of every school holidays : tuition, travel to the rehearsal city by plane or bus, and accommodation (usually billeting) with breakfast and dinner (local choir member families are expected to billet members from out of town) are all included.
  • All costs associated with the international tour: flights, accommodation, meals and festival fees are all included. Personal spending and any passport/visa/immunization requirements are additional costs.
A bond of $250 is required to cover any uniform and sheet music losses/damages. This is refunded upon return of all uniform items in good order.

Student financial support

A Student Support Fund was recently established for those members who may require financial assistance with membership fees. An application form is here.

We have also assembled a list of fundraising suggestions, including local grant opportunities, so students can contribute towards the cost of their membership.


Why audition for NZSSC?

Hear it from our past members: 

"Being a part of NZSSC kindled my passion for music like nothing else has. It's given me a vision of the level of quality I should aspire for in my future endeavours, and has been an irreplaceable experience for me to grow as a musician and as a person."

"This whole experience opened my daughter's eyes to the serious music world and set her up for a lifetime of confidently enjoying choral singing - she LOVED it. She learned how full-time musicians operate and particularly appreciated singing with other like-minded, focussed , hard-working young people."

"I have noticed a huge development in my voice and music knowledge over the last two years. I found that singing with people better or at a similar level as you is incredibly beneficial for this and also broadens your mindset in terms of performance, how to practice and rehearse etc."

"It has helped me to grow exponentially as a musician, especially aurally, where it has helped me to develop a finer ear for the choral sound, and in terms of reading and story telling, where I am able to connect better with a text (or lack of) in pieces that I sing."

"Truly unforgettable. I had never seen so much musical passion and talent in one place until joining NZSSC."

"I found the tour itself to be an incredibly enriching experience, I loved being able to bond with my fellow choir members and embrace a drastically new and different culture together whilst being able to share and represent New Zealand and its cultures in our music and presence."

"My personal experience was life changing. I got to travel around the world with my best friends. I got to see and learn about a different culture."