eBreve 1 July 2022
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In this issue: Choirs for Cadenza and Finale announced / Congratulations to our composition prize winners / Spotlight on the Music Association of Auckland / Registrations now open for the "May" Workshop / The Next Big Thing for 18-25 year olds / Catch up on Choral Connect / New collaborative funding website launched / IFCM World Choral Symposium
Dear <<First Name>>,

The traffic light may not be green, but it's all go nonetheless! The voices of thousands of tamariki rang out at nine regional Big Sing festivals last month, bringing an extraordinary range of musical styles to appreciative audiences around the motu. Our heartiest congratulations go to all the students, conductors, instrumentalists and support staff who contributed to their vibrant performances, and to our dedicated teams of regional volunteers who made these festivals possible.  

On the topic of youth achievement, we reveal the placegetters in our two secondary school choral composition competitions, run in partnership with SOUNZ, Centre for New Zealand Music. For our 'older youth', we're excited to announce that registrations are now open for The Next Big Thing, a fantastic opportunity for 18-25 year olds to gather in Wellington to sing Fauré's exquisite Requiem. And singers of any age and from any region are invited to join Wellington's iconic "May" Workshop - time-shifted to October this year - to rehearse and perform another great work on the choral bucket list, Carmina Burana.

Also in this eBreve, we introduce one of our newest member choirs - The Music Association of Auckland, pass on news of a new funding hub, and share the first in a series of videos recorded at last year's Choral Connect.

And as we start to look beyond our borders again, we're excited to share the dates and location of the 2023 World Symposium on Choral Music. Türkiye is calling!
Ngā mihi nui

Christine Argyle
Chief Executive
New Zealand Choral Federation
Te Kotahitanga Manu Reo o Aotearoa

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Regional TBS results announced
Audiences around Aotearoa enjoyed some incredible singing at The Big Sing regionals last month. Click through for the initial list of choirs invited to Cadenza and Finale. Finalised lists will be published next week, once all RSVPs are in.
Congratulations, young composers!
We recently announced the winners of the NZCF-SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition and the SOUNZ-NZCF Te Reo Māori Composition Award. You'll find a list of all the talented young place-getters on our website. 
Spotlight on new NZCF members
We're delighted to welcome the Music Association of Auckland (MAA) as NZCF members. This year, the organisation celebrates 20 years of supporting Chinese communities in Auckland through music. We asked Iris Cheng and Dr Marie Lin to tell us more...
Sign up for a weekend of singing
Wellington's much-loved, long-running May Workshop has moved to October this year. Online registrations are now open and you'll find all the details on our website. Don't miss this opportunity to sing Carl Orff's epic Carmina Burana under the direction of Brent Stewart. 
Aged 18-25 and love singing? 
We've just launched registrations for our new youth event scheduled for late November, at the start of the uni summer break. It's a chance to get together with old singing friends - and to make new ones - rehearsing and performing Fauré's Requiem in Wellington. Spread the word! 
Catch up on Choral Connect '21
We're pleased to release the first in a series of videos featuring inspiring and thought-provoking presentations from last year's Choral Connect conference. This month we share Dr. Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal's presentation Pou-Rewa: Mātauranga Māori and Creativity.
Is your choir looking for funding?
Philanthropy New Zealand has just launched a new online platform, Match Te Puna Taurite, designed to connect funders to registered charities in need of financial support in a more accessible, equitable, and collaborative way. Sign up to their newsletter to find out more. 
Türkiye is calling!
The IFCM have just announced the dates of the next World Symposium on Choral Music, to be held in Istanbul in April 2023. Submissions for performances, seminars and workshop presentations on the theme "Changing Horizons" are invited by 15 August 2022.
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Auckland Girls' Choir hiring Music Director
Selwyn College in Auckland seeks Vocal Tutor/Choir Director
Treasurer needed for our Auckland region
Auditions for the Christchurch City Chorus, particularly looking for women with low voices
Pianist for Edgecumbe Choir in Whakatane 
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