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All you need to know about Choral Connect '21

With just over two weeks to go until Choral Connect, we’ve pulled all the latest information together for a one-stop overview…

DATES: Wednesday 14 July (evening welcome) – Saturday 17 July 2021

VENUE: Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar16 Howe Street, Auckland.

LIVE STREAMING: Via Hopin virtual conference platform. Online registration essential – see details below. All sessions will be recorded and available to delegates to watch from 1 August until 31 December 2021.

THEME: The Choral Traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand

ARTISTIC TEAM: Dr Karen Grylls (Artistic Director), Robert Wiremu (Artistic Advisor), Jono Palmer (Artistic Programme Coordinator)

To address our conference theme, we feature presentations and workshops from some of New Zealand’s leading experts in Māori and Pasifika music: Dr. Charles Te Ahukaramū Royal, Ataahua Papa, Opeloge Ah Sam and Horomona Horo, plus Robert Wiremu‘s session on language and diction will include how to approach te reo Māori and other Pasifika languages. We’ll also connect via  Zoom with three international choral specialists: Indian-born, US-based conductor, ethnomusicologist, and human rights activist André de Quadros, the BBC Singers’ Swedish-born director Sofi Jeannin, and award-winning Venezuelan/US composer and choral conductor Cristian Grases. Swedish-national/NZ-resident vocal coach Catrin Johnsson will present on the topic of Creativity, and former Canada-based Kiwi Elise Bradley will unlock the Conductor’s Toolbox…
Read more about our Choral Connect presenters.


At the end of each day, delegates will enjoy a public concert featuring some of the country’s finest talent. Our Thursday and Friday evening concerts feature eight local ensembles invited to showcase Auckland’s choral community, while the final gala concert on Saturday evening showcases top Māori performance artists and two of New Zealand’s national choirs.
Click on the concert title below to book for:
Choral Connections
Thursday 15 July, 7.30pm, featuring Music Association of Auckland, Jubilation, Kaitaia Community Voices and The Graduate Choir NZ.
Choirs ConnectFriday 16 July, 7.30pm, featuring Everybody Sings, GALS, Auckland Youth Choir and Viva Voce.
Cultures ConnectSaturday 17 July, 7.30pm, featuring Horomona Horo,  Te Kapahaka ō Te Wharekura ō Hoani Waititi Marae, members of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir.
Read more about our Choral Connect performers


Five delegates have been chosen to participate in a masterclass with Dr Karen Grylls and our choir-in-residence, 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.


Artistic director Karen Grylls and guest composer David Hamilton will work with Auckland-based members of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir to workshop five compositions by student and emerging composers, two of which will be performed at the Saturday night gala concert.


Repertoire-reading sessions will be led by David Squire, Elise Bradley, Jono Palmer and Megan Flint and a number of ACD committee members and presenters will be available for one-to-one sessions with delegates.


Whether attending online or in person, registration is via the event page on Hopin. You will need to create a login for the website. If you are an ACD member, NZCF Personal member, or a student, be sure to use the links in the Fees table below to access the appropriate discount. 


Please click on the appropriate price below to access the registration page in Hopin. Once there, you will need to create a login to purchase a registration. As always, ACD and Personal NZCF members will receive a discount on the cost of registration. To find out how to renew or take out ACD or Personal Membership, visit the NZCF Membership page of our website.

  Fees  (NZD)    In person  3 days  In person  1 day   Online     3 days     Online           1 day       (Sat only)
  ACD members 350 130 180 70
  NZCF members 370 140 200 75
  Non-members 400 150 230 80
  Students 175 65 90