World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


International Line Up For Choral Summer School

New Zealander Among International Line Up For Choral Summer School

New Zealander Karen Grylls will be among a host of international stars at The Tenth International Summer School in Choral Conducting at the University of Auckland.

Head of Choral Studies at The University of Auckland, Grylls will be joined by five international figureheads in choral music, including America’s top choirmaster Rodney Eichenberger.

To be held from 4-9 January 2001 at the University, the conducting summer school will enable conductors and singers to learn and sing with internationally recognised choral educators, as well as the best in Australia and New Zealand.

Karen Grylls is currently the director of the TOWER New Zealand National Youth Choir, which will perform during the summer school. The choir won ‘Choir Of The World’ at the Llanglollen Eisteddfod in 1999 and represented New Zealand at the 1996 World Choral Symposium in Sydney. Karen also founded the chamber choir TOWER New Zealand and teaches in conducting and theory/analysis at The University of Auckland.

Guest of Honour at the summer school, Rodney Eichenberger has become known around the world as one of America’s most highly respected choral educators for his innovative and systematic approach to the training of choral conductors. A personable, warm and skilled conductor, his peers recently voted him as the top choral conductor in the United States.

Other international guests include Bob Chilcott, Britain’s top choral composer and the conductor of the Royal College of Music’s 200 voice chorus in London. Australasian artists include Australian conductor Guy Jansen, founder of the world’s first national youth choir, the New Zealand National Youth Choir.

Twice-daily tutor groups throughout the summer school provide a unique opportunity for conductors at all levels to receive expert tuition in conducting gestures, rehearsal techniques, musical style and leading a choir. There will also be a range of master classes, plenary sessions and specialised workshops.

The second Australasian Choral Conducting Competition will be held during the summer school, and a national secondary schools choral course is available for students. Other highlights of the School will be an exhibition of choral music, public concerts and a twilight harbour cruise and dinner.

For more information about the International School in Choral Conducting, or to enrol, contact The University of Auckland’s Centre for Continuing Education, ph. (09) 373 7599 x6398

Media interviews with Karen Grylls are available in person or by phone. Interviews with other guests are available by telephone.

Media inquiries

Reuben Munn Karen Grylls
Baldwin Boyle Group University of Auckland
Tel. (09) 486 6544 Tel. (09) 373 7599 x7461

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC