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Giving Direction workshops an opportunity to upskill

If you missed Choral Connect or would like some more one-to-one professional development, why not enrol in one of our Giving Direction workshops? Giving Direction is aimed at choir directors of all levels and offers ‘hands-on’ instruction on conducting gesture and other vital aspects of choir direction, as well as the opportunity to take part in a choral forum. This is a great opportunity to hone your choir directing skills and share knowledge or experiences with fellow conductors.

Feedback from Giving Direction workshops in 2020 includes:

I was able to take away a ton of practical ideas and suggestions that really targeted some of the things I would like to improve with our choir. It was also great to connect with other directors in the area. I took away 7 typed pages of notes from the day, and my colleague had even more.”

Some of the discussions around this workshop have been the best professional development I’ve had in a long while, and it left myself and a colleague feeling invigorated, excited, and energised about really getting stuck in with our groups next year.”

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Rowan Johnston

Rowan Johnston will lead a Giving Direction workshop, with Ars Nova as the demonstration choir, on Saturday 11 September 2021.
Rowan is currently the Musical Director/Conductor of Auckland Youth Choir. Rowan holds a masters degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Auckland. He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Cathedral and Musical Director of Choralation the combined choir of Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls High Schools who have had an outstanding record of success at The Big Sing. He was the founder of the Taranaki Youth Choir. Rowan has also been a regular guest conductor at the Australian National Choral School and was a former vocal coach and accompanist for the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir. He has been an adjudicator at the Australian International Choral Festival and The Kids Sing. Rowan’s choral singing experience includes Voices NZ and NZ National Youth Choir.
Click here to register for Giving Direction in New Plymouth

Further workshops are planned for Dunedin (Sue Densem) and Invercargill (Christine Argyle) in October/November. Details will be updated on the Giving Direction page of our website.