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Vocal Pedagogy & Warm-ups at Choral Connect '19

Continuing our series of videos recorded at the 2019 Choral Connect convention in Wellington, we’re delighted to release highlights from Catrin Johnsson’s daily sessions on Vocal Pedagogy and Warm-ups in the Choral Context.

Mezzo soprano Catrin Johnsson was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has worked as a principal artist for English National Opera and Opera Holland Park, and in 2016 Catrin made her debut for NZ Opera in their production of The Magic Flute as Second Lady. In concert, she has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and St John’s, Smith Square in London. She is a past winner of the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award.

Now resident in New Zealand, Catrin is a Performance Teacher in Voice and Stagecraft at the University of Auckland, is language and vocal coach for Voices NZ Chamber Choir and the Auckland Chamber Choir and is Principal of Faculty and Curriculum for the New Zealand Singing School. In 2017, Catrin was National Adjudicator for the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition and the following year she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

A short clip from Catrin’s video is below. The full one-hour video is on the ACD Video Channel, accessible to current ACD members via login and password. Directors of a Big Sing or Kids Sing choir have automatic ACD membership for the year in which they take part in TBS or TKS.


Other titles on our ACD Video Channel are:

  • Building Connections, Singing for Life – Julie Wylie
  • Choral sound concept – Vowels are key! – Elise Bradley
  • Not just an accompanist! The art of the collaborative pianist – Rachel Fuller
  • A Kodály-inspired approach to developing musical literacy – Megan Flint
  • Efficient and engaging rehearsal strategies for the community choir – Brent Stewart
  • The Ictus – the conductor’s point of contact – Karen Grylls
  • Voice matching and singer placement in choirs – David Squire
  • Are you really singing? Achieving the correct resonance with children’s voices – Megan Flint

Not a member of ACD? Join here. Want to check whether your ACD membership is current? Email our Operations Manager, Cathryn Wyllie cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz

What are the other benefits of ACD membership?
The ACD is a network that provides professional development and mentoring, and fosters connectivity and collegiality between choral leaders. As a member of the ACD, you will gain:

  • access to the NZCF Association of Choral Directors (ACD) closed Facebook group*
  • complimentary access to Musica International’s virtual library*
  • complimentary one-year membership of the American Choral Directors Association*
  • access to ACD’s video channel*
  • access to ACD advisors to work with conductors and choirs
  • invitations to choral conducting workshops, conventions and other events
  • preferential acceptance to NZCF and ACD workshops where numbers are limited
  • a reduction (greater than that of personal members) on the entry fee to NZCF events
  • the opportunity to network with other conductors
  • a dedicated ‘Conducting’ section on the NZCF website with access to ‘members only’ educational resources
  • monthly eBreve and ACD’s Ictus quarterly newsletter
  • discounts on NZCF publications
  • voting rights at NZCF elections and other meetings

* access through Username and Password, provided on payment of the annual subscription