ENZSO 1996 Double Platinum Sales
Dr Guy Jansen, Dr Karen Grylls, Prof Peter Godfrey
Choir of the World Trophy 1999

About Us

Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand's purpose is to create, nurture and promote vocal excellence in choral singing.

Our objective is to sustain and promote two complementary but distinct choirs. An internationally renowed professional choir - Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, and a youth choir which inspires and develops New Zealand's extraordinary young talent.

Under the artistic guidance of:

1979 - 1982   Dr Guy Jansen (Music Director)
1982 - 1987   David Wood (Assistant Music Director)
1979 - 1984   Prof. Peter Godfrey (Guest Conductor)
1983 - 1988   Prof. Peter Godfrey (Music Director)
1989 -             Dr Karen Grylls (Artistic Director / Music Director - Voices NZ Chamber Choir)
2011 -            David Squire (Music Director - New Zealand Youth Choir) 

and under the management of:

1979 - 1984   Colin Brown
1985 - 1988   Paddy Nash
1989 - 1992   Neil Henderson
1992 - 2001   Jacqui Simpson
2001 - 2001   Mark da Vanzo
2001 - 2002   Lucy Tod
2002 - 2007   Jenny Jamieson
2008 - 2010   Barbara George
2010 -            Roger Lloyd

Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust thanks the generous corporate sponsorship over the years from:

National Bank 1979 - 1986
BP (New Zealand) 1987 - 1989
Electricorp 1989 - 1992
Department of Education
Works Consultancy 1992 - 1996
QE11 Arts Council renamed Creative New Zealand
Tower Group
2000 - 2008
Infratil http://www.infratil.com/ (NZYC Principal Sponsor) 2012 -

"This is a story of vision and committment in which eight themes can be traced. These themes are: high quality musical leadership, a culture of high sacrifice and high reward, challenging repertoire, good communication within all levels of the choir, improving musicianship, and the loyalty of audiences and sponsors." 
Choir of the World:  Simon Tipping published by Dunmore Press 2002