We are looking forward to welcoming you to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and online everywhere, for the 2021 NZCF Association of Choral Directors’ national conference, Choral Connect.
This biennial conference is the ACD’s flagship event, providing professional development and networking for choral musicians of all experience levels. We also have a great line-up of concerts which will be open to the public. Further details can be found on the NZCF website, or by clicking on the ticket link above which will take you to the registration page on Hopin.
We are thrilled that Catrin Johnsson will return to Choral Connect to lead a discussion on ideas around creativity, including two models of creative thinking that can be useful for all who are involved in creative work. Elise Bradley, Musical Director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus, will give a presentation that looks at ‘The Conducting Toolbox’ – a journey inside the choral process, looking at philosophy, pedagogy, and a number of tools that aid musical outcomes.
Visit our Choral Connect Presenters page to find out about our other presenters.
Adding to the list of performers, our Friday concert will end with the chamber choir Viva Voce, under the direction of John Rosser. Our final concert will open with a performance by taonga pūoro player, Horomona Horo, who will also give a workshop earlier in the day.
Visit the Choral Connect Performers page to see a full list of performers.
Masterclass with NZSSC
Five of our more advanced conductors have been selected to participate in the Masterclass with Karen Grylls and the New Zealand Secondary Student’s Choir.
While we are not able to offer the popular Conducting Strands this year, there will be a number of ACD committee members and presenters who will be available for one-to-one sessions with delegates. These sessions could focus on gesture or any other aspect of choral pedagogy that is of interest. Details on how to sign up for one of these sessions will be made available soon.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to observe artistic director Karen Grylls and guest composer David Hamilton work with Auckland-based members of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, as they workshop a number of compositions by student and emerging composers.