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eBreve 5 August 2022
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In this issue: Participant information for World Choir Games 2024 / NZSSC wins Children's section of Choir of the World / Miriama Kamo to compère TBS Finale / Tickets on sale for Cadenza & Finale / NZCF Givealittle campaign  / Online workshops for conductors / Mini-conferences for music teachers / Catch up on Choral Connect '21
Dear <<First Name>>,

Our hosting of the 2024 World Choir Games got one step closer yesterday with the release of the participant information on the World Choir Games website. Registration will open in a few weeks and will run until December 2023, but now is the time to start thinking seriously about working towards this once-in-a-lifetime on-your-doorstep international extravaganza! With two tiers of competition - one for top-level choirs and the other open to all - there are performance opportunities for everyone! And speaking of competing on an international choral stage, we were super-excited to learn of the NZ Secondary Students' Choir's success at the recent Choir of the World competition! Read on to find out more.

Meanwhile, hundreds of secondary school students around the country have been polishing their performances for The Big Sing Cadenza and Finale festivals this month. You'll find details below of how to book for the gala concerts, and also how even a small donation via our Givealittle page could make a big difference. We're thrilled that Miriama Kamo will host the Finale gala concert in the Christchurch Town Hall, and if you can't be there yourself, remember you can watch the livestream on our website!

If you're a conductor, make sure you check out the professional development opportunities in this edition of eBreve, including Giving Direction and Singing Matters workshops online, Sofi Jeannin's presentation on programming and repertoire at Choral Connect '21, and mini conferences hosted by the Institute of Registered Music Teachers at Labour Weekend. 

Stay warm and well!
Noho ora mai

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

 
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News
The World Choir Games are coming!
Participant information for the 2024 World Choir Games in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has just been released. Let's make it a real celebration of singing in Aotearoa New Zealand - find out what it takes to sign up your choir! Watch a recent feature on Seven Sharp.
NZSSC Children's Choir of the World
Congratulations to the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir on winning Children's Choir of the World, and first place in the Senior Children's Choir category, at the 2022 Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales. You can watch their pre-recorded digital entry online
Miriama Kamo to compère Finale
We're delighted that broadcast journalist, TV presenter, and arts advocate Miriama Kamo will compère the gala concert of The Big Sing Finale on August 27th in the Christchurch Town Hall. She's a proud Cantabrian, and is looking forward to this "celebration of youth and music." 
Get tickets for Cadenza and Finale 
Cadenza and Finale are just around the corner - tickets are now on sale for the gala concerts in Timaru, Whanganui, Rotorua, and Christchurch. You'll find links to ticket outlets on our website, as well as information on the specific school choirs singing in each of the competitive sessions.
Help support Finale and Cadenza
Even if you can't be there yourself, we'd love you to consider supporting our vibrant and uplifting Cadenza and Finale festivals, showcasing the amazing talent and dedication of over 1750 of our top secondary school singers. Click here to support our NZCF Givealittle campaign.
Develop your conducting skills
We're pleased to offer a further series of our successful online Giving Direction and Singing Matters workshops with Andrew Withington and Megan Flint. Take part from the comfort of your own home, at a time that suits you! Click through to find out more.
IRMTNZ to host mini-conferences
Are you a music teacher? Why not join your colleagues at Labour Weekend in either Auckland or Christchurch for IRMTNZ's regional mini-conferences: Empowering Music Teachers. You can find all the presenter and registration details online. Click through for further details.
Sofi Jeannin at Choral Connect '21
This month we share the second in our series of presentations from last year's Choral Connect. In this video, Swedish-born Sofi Jeannin (Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers) draws on her broad experience to explore the challenges of programming and repertoire selection.
Advertisements and Vacancies
The New Zealand Secondary Students' choir are auditioning for their 2023-24 choir in October - register your interest to get info
Edgecumbe Choir in Whakatane seeking pianist 
Register for Wellington's "May" Workshop, 7-8 October
Registrations are open for the 2023 Teapot Summer School: 14-23 January in Brightwater, Nelson, with conductor Ebbe Munk
Celebrate Spring with the Christchurch City Chorus, 10 September
NZCF Auckland seek new treasurer to join their committee 
Audition for the 2023-2025 NZ Youth Choir this October - register your interest, and share with singers aged 18-25
Singers wanted: City of Auckland Singers seeking fresh voices

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