X close menu
Forgotten password
Association of Choral Directors
Back to previous page

Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ Conference 2022

AKO PUORO – From the Lakes to the Geysers
Embracing Cultural Diversity
Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
25 – 28 January 2022

The Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ (IRMTNZ) extends a warm invitation to join them at their Conference 2022!

The central theme, Embracing Cultural Diversity, will take delegates on a journey from the Western European traditions of music education through to te puoro o te whenua – the music of our land. The programme will include presentations and workshops applicable to solo and choral singing, as well as taonga puoro and waiata, Kodaly, Baroque violin, piano and music literacy. Recitals will feature too, encompassing repertoire from Bach to Schoenberg.

NZCF board member Robert Wiremu (Kahungunu and Tuwharetoa) will give a presentation on his diction tool, the Wiremu Vowel Clock. Robert is a highly experienced chorister, soloist and recording artist with all the national choirs, and is also Artistic Advisor for Choirs Aotearoa NZ and a trustee of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Other vocal presenters include:

  • Kodaly expert, choral conductor and music specialist, Megan Flint
  • Soprano, Maori music and early childhood specialist, Maria Kapa
  • Bass-baritone, collaborative pianist, arranger, teacher and musical director, Leon Gray
  • Mezzo-soprano, entertainer and teacher, Elisha Hulton

Joel Amosa, winner of the 2018 Lexus Song Quest, will join Elisha and pianist Ludwig Treviranus to provide the Conference dinner entertainment.

German pianist now living in Aotearoa, Michael Endres, will be the Keynote Speaker at the conference. Drawing on his personal experience as a student and teacher he will present Five Countries – aspects of musical education in Germany, USA, UK, Norway and New Zealand.

Award winning Australian broadcaster and man-of-many-talents, Christopher Lawrence, will present the Judith Clark Memorial Address: The Fractured Orchestra – music and societal connection in a pandemic. Christopher’s career in music and media spans more than four decades as a radio and television presenter, writer, recording producer, artistic director and public speaker.

Other presenters from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand have been secured to inspire, educate and entertain, with contingencies in place should the Australian guests be unable to travel here.

Visit the IRMTNZ Conference page at learnmusicnz.org.nz for further information.