Giving Direction and Singing Matters

Choral directors and leaders of children’s singing can now hone their skills from the comfort of their own home in Zoom sessions with an ACD advisor.

We will be continuing our successful series of Zoom sessions in 2024, offering online Giving Direction workshops for directors of adult and secondary school choirs, and online Singing Matters workshops for conductors working in primary and intermediate schools. 

Giving Direction workshops will be led by Rowan Johnston. 
Singing Matters
workshops will be led by Maria Winder.
See Rowan and Maria's biographies HERE

The workshops are tailored to the needs of those taking part and consist of two 1-hour Zoom sessions. In the first session, the presenter works with a maximum of 5 choir leaders on a range of topics such as score preparation, rehearsal management, voice matching, blend etc. The second 1-hour Zoom is a personalised 1:1 session in which the participant can work on their gesture and/or other aspects of rehearsal technique.

Dates and times of these online workshops will be arranged according to the availability of the registrants and will most likely take place over two evenings (a week or two apart) or at weekends. Those taking part will be offered a menu of topics and will be asked to choose the areas they would most like to work on. For the second session, participants will have the opportunity to submit a video of their conducting in advance, or to conduct ‘live’ in the Zoom session so that they can receive feedback on their gesture – though this aspect is by no means compulsory (participants may choose to address other areas of choral direction in their personalised one-to-one session).


(covering both sessions)

$85 ACD Members
$100 NZCF Personal Members
$120 Non Members
$65 Students

Email to register your interest in an online Giving Direction or Singing Matters workshop. Our NZCF Events Manager Emma Billings will be in touch to arrange dates and times with one of our workshop mentors.


Hone your choral leadership skills online

We're offering online Giving Direction and Sing Matters workshops with Rowan Johnston and Maria Winder...

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Session 1
Group Session
Session 2
1:1 Session


How can I get in-person training in 2023?

Contact Emma Billings to find out about other conducting training opportunities.