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  1. Houston Chamber Choir Invited To Participate In Prestigious World Symposium On Choral Music 2020 In Auckland, NZ - Broadway World

    Houston Chamber Choir Invited To Participate In Prestigious World Symposium On Choral Music 2020 In Auckland, NZ  Broadway World

    Houston Chamber Choir has been selected to participate in the prestigious World Symposium on Choral Music 2020 (WSCM2020), to be held in Auckland, New...

  2. Classical review: Auckland Choral's brilliant 100th Messiah celebration - New Zealand Herald

    Classical review: Auckland Choral's brilliant 100th Messiah celebration  New Zealand Herald

    Auckland Choral's Messiah was a glorious celebration of its 100th consecutive annual performance of Handel's oratorio. It was also a timely reminder of Uwe...

  3. Christmas in the Land of the Long White Cloud - Canada Free Press

    Christmas in the Land of the Long White Cloud  Canada Free Press

    By Travel New Zealand —— Bio and Archives--December 20, 2018. Travel | Comments | Print Friendly | Subscribe | Email Us. AddThis Sharing Buttons.

  4. 100 not out - New Zealand Herald

    100 not out  New Zealand Herald

    Auckland Choral has performed Handel's Messiah for 100 consecutive years.

  5. Houston Chamber Choir To Perform At Major International Festival - Houston Public Media

    Houston Chamber Choir To Perform At Major International Festival  Houston Public Media

    Just before Christmas, the Houston Chamber Choir found out that they were selected to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music – a week-long festival...

  6. New Year honours: Hawke's Bay music teacher Elizabeth Curtis gets QSM - New Zealand Herald

    New Year honours: Hawke's Bay music teacher Elizabeth Curtis gets QSM  New Zealand Herald

    A career spanning about 40 years teaching and performing music in Hawke's Bay has resulted in a Queen's *Service* Medal in the New Year Honours for retired...

  7. Fireworks with Uwe Grodd - Radio New Zealand

    Fireworks with Uwe Grodd  Radio New Zealand

    Uwe Grodd is one of New Zealand's best-known musicians – not only here but internationally. He's the founding Music Director of the Manukau City Symphony...

  8. Choral review: Gallipoli to the Somme - New Zealand Herald

    Choral review: Gallipoli to the Somme  New Zealand Herald

    The choral work Gallipoli to the Somme is a fine addition to NZ works inspired by WWI.

  9. Concert review: Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall - New Zealand Herald

    Concert review: Auckland Choral, Auckland Town Hall  New Zealand Herald

    Uwe Grodd's introductions to Auckland Choral's annual Messiah are becoming as much of a tradition as the musical performances that follow them.

  10. Concert signals conductor's return to where it all began - Independent Community Newspaper

    Concert signals conductor's return to where it all began  Independent Community Newspaper

    When Jonathan Dunlop raises his hands to conduct a concert in South Auckland this month, it'll signal a story coming full circle. Dunlop is the recently appointed...

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

  • Aria Zhang

    Picture of Aria ZhangSinging in choirs since I was at Fudan University in Shanghai, I have been regarding singing as one of the most important part of my life. Before I moved to Auckland, I searched online and found Auckland Choral. I told myself: that is the choir I want to join in!
    Then here I am. Being an alto at Auckland Choral, I enjoy every rehearsal we have every Wednesday. I love our conductors and our music committee for their professional selection and interpretation of music works. I love our marketing committee for their enthusiasm and persistence in promoting our performance. Being a helper at the marketing committee, I engaged in campaigns at University campus and the Chinese Community. That is definitely what I want to do as a PhD student at The University of Auckland and as a new Chinese immigrant. 
    Music is a language to communicate with other people no matter which country we come from. Being a member of Auckland Choral, I have an even stronger feeling of integrating into this vibrant and diversified city—Auckland!
     
  • Jacob Siohane-Royle

    Picture of Jacob Siohane-RoyleI joined late last year in the Soprano 1 section, and am currently Auckland Choral’s youngest member, at 14 years old.  Born and raised in Auckland, I have worked with professional music companies such as New Zealand Opera, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Factory, and others.  Auckland Choral rehearsals are generally the highlight of my week.  In 2015 I gained first place in Opera Factory’s Idol competition. This year in the Aria international vocal competition, I came 1st in two of the four categories available.  Outside of music, I study in year 10 at Kristin School in Albany, and I play flute and piano.  

     
  • Becky O'Gram

    Picture of Becky O'GramMy earliest memories of singing were car songs, where my sisters and I were squashed in the back of the car while my mother lead the chorus from the front. I started singing in small groups and choirs at age 12 for church events and friends' weddings. I've been a member of some form of choir ever since and now count myself very lucky to be a member of Auckland Choral. I joined in January 2017, with my first concert being the huge St John Passion by Bach. We performed it at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, in German! Singing out that first loud "Herr" gave me goose bumps and was an unforgettable experience. In December that year I got to perform in the Messiah for the first time and hope to do the same every Christmas for a long time to come.

     
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