DAVID SQUIRE: Music Director, New Zealand Youth Choir
MMus (Hons), PGDipMus, BMus, DipTchg
David Squire is one of New Zealand’s most prominent conductors. A founding member of the NZ Association of Choral Directors, he is also a national conducting advisor and tutor, and a Governance Board member for the NZ Choral Federation.
David studied conducting and composition at the University of Auckland, and graduated with a Master of Music degree with first class honours in choral conducting. He has sung with many top choirs in New Zealand, including the Auckland Dorian Choir, University of Auckland Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He was also a founding member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the V8 Vocal Ensemble.
David has taught music in secondary schools for more than 25 years, directing choirs, orchestras and bands, including many groups that have won local, national and international awards. As a freelance itinerant teacher, David teaches in several secondary schools and also takes workshops and professional development courses throughout the country.
David is often involved in session and recording work, particularly as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician and singer, including a tour with George Benson as backing vocalist in 2010. He was the choral adjudicator and clinician at the Rhapsody Rotorua festival for four consecutive years. He presented workshops at the 2009 Sing Aotearoa Festival and the 2010 International Summer School of Choral Conducting, where he was a mentor and tutor. In 2011 he directed training workshops for choirs singing the anthems at the Rugby World Cup, and then conducted anthem choirs at seven matches. In 2012 he was a mentor and workshop presenter at the inaugural ACD Choral Connect convention, and in 2017 he was the guest conductor for the mixed honour choir at the AMIS Choral Festival in Abu Dhabi.
In 2011 he was awarded a New Zealander of the Year Local Heroes Medal for services to music education.