The Graduate Choir NZ, which has been referred to as "one of Auckland's best-kept secrets", has earned an international reputation for the performance of choral music at its best, for programming which is accessible and universal in appeal, for the musical integrity it brings to this repertoire, and for the warmth and breadth of its sound.
Established in 2001 by director Terence Maskell, its membership comprises singers from all parts of Auckland. The choir is essentially "youthful" in character, with singers still at school, in the workforce, or in tertiary education.
In 2003, the choir was awarded the Grand Prix as the outstanding choir of the inaugural "Classic Sing" competition in NZ; as a result of which it was invited to perform at the Association of British Choral Directors' Convention in the UK in 2005. This highly successful tour included performances in Guildford as featured artist at the convention of the Association of British Choral Directors, at the chapel of King's College, Cambridge, Exeter College, Oxford and Canterbury Cathedral.
In 2007 the choir undertook a highly successful tour of main North Island centres, including a major recital in the Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington.
The choir has regularly performed with distinction in and around Auckland, including before President Bill Clinton and on numerous occasions before NZ Prime Ministers and the Governor General.
In recent years the choir has performed on several occasions with The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra cementing an exciting and distinguished musical collaboration in the city. A Concert FM and television artist, the choir has produced three highly-acclaimed CD recordings: "My spirit sang all day" [Atoll 105], "A sound came from heaven" [Atoll 407] and "Sing in Exultation!" [Atoll 308].
|Rehearsal night / venue||Mondays 7:00pm-9:00pm
One Tree Hill College Hall
|Choir Contact||Terence Maskell
[64 9] 634 2946