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All sessions will be held at the Dorothy Winstone Centre, 16 Howe Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland, and will be available online via the Hopin conferencing platform.



Addressing the conference theme of the Musical Traditions of our Māori and Pasifika communities, we welcome presentations and workshops from some of New Zealand’s leading experts in Māori and Pasifika music. Dr. Charles Te Ahukaramū Royal brings his experience as a composer, performer, and researcher of Indigenous knowledge to share how aspects of matauranga Māori inform our approaches to creativity. We will also have two practical workshops on Māori and Pasifika music, lead by Ataahua Papa and Dr Opeloge Ah Sam, where delegates will get to learn more about the history and performance practice of these two traditions. Our Artistic Advisor, Robert Wiremu, will also share on his research into language and diction, including how to approach te reo Māori and other Pasifika languages and Horomona Horo will lead a workshop on taonga pūoro. We’re also thrilled to welcome Te Kapahaka ō Te Wharekura ō Hoani Waititi Marae who will perform in our final concert. This kapahaka group have regularly achieved top placing in high school kapahaka competitions, giving highly engaging and stirring performances showing a real commitment to this traditional artform.



Through the wonder of Zoom we are looking forward to hearing from international specialists from the United States and the United Kingdom. André de Quadros is a conductor, ethnomusicologist, and human rights activist who brings significant experience to his presentation on engaging communities through social justice projects. Sofi Jeannin will present on the challenge of programming and repertoire selection, pulling from her wide and varied experience as director the BBC Singers, the French Radio Chorus, and the choir school la Maîtrise de Radio France, in addition to her experience as a classically-trained mezzo-soprano. We have one more international presenter still to be confirmed.



The Conducting Toolbox addresses topics that are designed to expand the conductor’s knowledge, and give them new tools, techniques, and ideas to implement in their practice. Presentations will include topics such as vocal pedagogy, rehearsals techniques, and repertoire. We will also have a repertoire reading session, where delegates will form a choir to read through a curated list of music, led by some of the ACD committee. Presenters will be announced soon.



Five conductors will be given the opportunity to participate in a conducting masterclass with Artistic Director, Karen Grylls and the masterclass choir, the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. Each participant will be given 15 minutes to work with the choir on aspects of gesture and rehearsal technique. Delegates who are interested in participating should contact Artistic Programme Coordinator, Jono Palmer at jono.palmer@nzcf.org.nz for further details.



Five compositions will be selected by our guest composer, David Hamilton, to be workshopped by Auckland members of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Delegates will get the opportunity to observe Karen Grylls rehearse the ensemble and discuss some of the challenges of working with new music, including how to approach commissioning new works. You can find more information about workshop including how to submit your work here.



Twelve ensembles will perform in three evening concerts at the Dorothy Winstone Theatre. Tickets for all concerts are included in the registration fee, but will also be open to the public.

Two Evening Concerts will feature choirs from the Auckland region. This is an excellent opportunity to observe the work of other conductors and experience new repertoire. Check out the Performers page for further details.

The Final Concert will feature performances by taonga pūoro player Horomona Horo, the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and Te Kapahaka ō Te Wharekura ō Hoani Waititi Marae as well as two of the workshopped compositions performed by Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.



Through the virtual conference platform, all delegates will be able to connect with others via the Networking room, which automatically matches up delegates with others in the online platform for a quick chat. Think of it like speed dating, but where the topic is choral music! For our opening session we will all be in the virtual platform, so everyone will get a chance to try it out and meet some new people from across the country.