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Picture of about 40 Auckland Choral singers, with its Music Director Uwe Grodd, in casual/relaxed clothes, in a venue on Waiheke Island, waving at you

 

Thinking about joining Auckland Choral?

We welcome you to come and experience singing with Auckland Choral. A great starting point is to join us at one of our open rehearsals. This will give you feel of ‘what we are about’, meet us and enjoy singing with us at a rehearsal.

Hopefully you will be inspired to audition! Whilst the audition process  can seem a little scary, we make it supportive and ‘painless’! The audition process is an important aspect of ensuring we maintain the high choral standards for which we are known. Below maps out the process for joining Auckland Choral. Give it a go – you’ll see that we are a group of diverse people, with a shared passion of choral singing. We’re a friendly community. Singing is fun, uplifting, inspiring… tonic for the soul. At Auckland Choral you will also enjoy with a healthy dose of musical challenge… and you’ll make some wonderful new friendships too!

 

Auditioning for Auckland Choral

If you would like to audition for Auckland Choral, the following is the process involved:

  1. You will be invited to attend a couple of rehearsals and sing with the choir. This will enable you to find out if the choir’s repertoire and method of working are right for you.
  2. If you are then keen to audition, you will be given a preliminary “voice check” to gauge your current level of vocal ability and suitability for the choir, and to confirm where your voice sits best in the choir.
  3. You might be invited to sing in the next concert if you are able to fulfill the minimum attendance requirements for rehearsals.
  4. Following your first performance with the choir, you will be given a full audition. This will involve singing a prepared piece, some aural tests (singing back played notes, pitching notes in chords, and clapping rhythms), and sight reading.

On passing the full audition, your membership will be confirmed.

Contact us on 09 358 2892 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We rehearse on Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.45pm

 

 

 

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

  • Helen Gremillion

    Picture of Helen GremillionHelen Gremillion is a researcher and teacher at Unitec Institute of Technology, and she also heads up research professional development activities for Unitec staff members.  She lives in Mt. Albert with her partner Nigel and daughter Ellie.  She’s been a member of Auckland Choral since 2009.

     
  • Tom Bishop

    Picture of Tom BishopTom Bishop was born in Australia, but has spent more than half of the time since out of it. He started choral singing at the age of nine in the fourth grade, where his teacher, a tall, elegant “confirmed bachelor” embraced new methods of education, which mostly consisted of allowing the class to run wild, but managed somehow to hold onto the idea of discipline enough to conduct the School Choir. In addition to singing, he also mangled the clarinet. Since then he has sung in high school, at University, at work, for work, in his spare time, and in less likely venues such as showers, streets and supermarkets, sometimes to the amazement and annoyance of partners, his children, and random passers-by. More formally, he has sung with the Yale Glee Club, the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and the Cleveland Early Music Singers, and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Fenno Heath, Robert Shaw, Pierre Boulez, Richard Hickox, Simon Rattle, and Christoph von Dohnanyi, as well as Uwe Grodd. In his non-singing time, he teaches at the University of Auckland, where he lectures principally on Shakespeare and Drama. He is pleased to be a Tenor 1 because it means he gets a break at auditions.

     
  • 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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