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Auckland Choral’s official alumni group was set up early in 2018.
Launched with a social occasion hosted by John Stevenson and organised by John and Traude
Leibbrand, many former Auckland Choral choristers were delighted to become a part of this group.
The year of 2018 ended with a highlight: it saw alumni members join Auckland Choral on the Town
Hall stage for the 100 Hallelujah Memorial Messiah performances.


Strong linkages to the Auckland Choral Management Committee and the Foundation have been
formed and an Alumni Committee has been set up to plan events at which alumni can re-connect,
sing together, share memories about their years performing in the choir and also on occasion follow
invitations to sing with the existing choir in concert whilst also supporting the choir in a variety of
ways.

If you have sung with Auckland Choral and left the choir, you are warmly invited to join us by
emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our People

Alumni Committee

Traude Leibbrand - Co-ordinator and Choir Member
John Stevenson – Foundation Trustee and Choir Member
Olive Leddy – Management Committee and Choir Member
Jane Gee – Choir Member
Christine Lloyd - Alumna
Alison Ross - Alumna

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Who we are: Get to know some of our choir members

  • Luis Garcia

    Picture of Luis GarciaOriginally from Leon Mexico, Luis joined Auckland choir in 2013. He is a system engineer with great passion for singing. When he went to listen to the choir practice in an open rehearsal for the first time, he was enchanted by it, and he’s been singing with the choir ever since. His favorite concert has been “Dream of Gerontius” composed by Sir Edward Elgar in 1900. He joined the choir as a Bass and two years later he made the transition to Tenor. 

    Luis first studied overseas in 2005 when he enrolled in an English course at the Australian College of English in Sydney. He’s currently involved in a program by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to upgrade the schools' wireless systems all across the country. Luis is very passionate about music, technology, science, spirituality and meditation.

     
  • Traude Leibbrand

    Picture of Traude LeibbrandTraude has been a choral singer since 1998 and she is the immediate past Chair of Auckland Choral. In this role she has been instrumental in updating the way the organisation operates and she has learnt valuable lessons about running a voluntary, community based organisation - something she feels very passionate about.  As a health professional running her own business, she is aware of the many positive effects that choral singing has on one's well-being - physically, mentally and socially. 

    In 2015 she was invited to become a trustee of the Auckland Choral Foundation, a role in which she can continue to actively contribute to develop and nurture choral singing in New Zealand, and Auckland Choral in particular.

     
  • Rachel Harrison

    Picture of Rachel HarrisonI am originally from the UK where I studied music. After a few years in London working in Orchestral Management the call of the sea became strong and I spent the next few years yachting. During my time in the Pacific I ended up sailing to New Zealand where I decided to step ashore and have called New Zealand home for just over 9 years. 

    During my time at sea I missed my music, but my clarinet playing days were long gone. I decided I would give singing a try, even though I was a little nervous of my abilities, so I approached Auckland Choral. As soon as I attended my first rehearsal I realised this is what I had been missing and have been a member of Auckland Choral ever since. Auckland Choral became a family to me, and I passionately supported it by being on the Management Committee for several years until May 2016, including Convener of the Music Committee. I love my Wednesday night rehearsals and being able to perform magical works in fabulous venues with friends!

     
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