Registrations for Singing School NZ Extended
The registration period for singers wanting to study at the national Singing School New Zealand - Te Wānanga Toi Waiata from 3-10 July 2021 has been extended to the end of April. Registration details are available on www.singingschool.org.nz.
Disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, plus the busy start of the year for young singers prompted the extension. Singing School NZ is the only school of its type in Australasia, offering tutoring in both classical and musical theatre styles, plus the ‘crossover’ blend that is now essential for contemporary performers. For many musical theatre and classical singers around the country this is a rare opportunity to learn from top professional performers and teachers, and gain new skills.
“A long-lasting and successful singing career requires strong, confident vocal and performance skills, and Singing School NZ has a key role in helping young Kiwi singers to excel,” says Helen Walker, Chairman of the NZ Singing School Trust.
“The school isn’t just for singers who are building their professional career. Many of our students are actively involved in their local amateur musical productions or classical concerts and the skills they learn are shared with their communities.”
The school will be held 3-10 July in Napier and will end with a concert at Toi Toi HB Opera House. It is normally a summer school, but the switch to winter because of the pandemic has attracted singers who are normally too busy in summer to attend. The school has been redesigned to fit into a week that lines up with many universities’ mid-year break.
“Our students are very loyal, and love coming to Napier for the school in summer. So we are working hard to make sure this winter school offers everything they have come to expect,” says Helen Walker.
Singing School NZ offers an immersive, quality experience for singers with personal tuition, technical vocal classes, ensemble classes, and performance opportunities within the school and at public concerts.
People can also attend part-time through the ‘Observer’ programme, which enables musical directors, singing teachers and choir singers to watch classes in action and refresh teaching or singing skills. Registrations for these will open in April.