eBreve 3 March 2023
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In this issue: Membership renewal & sign-up / Nelson Summer SingFest / Introducing Diana Cable & Helen Acheson / Wellington's upcoming May Workshop / The Big Sing 2023 adjudicators /  NZ choral research project / Governance Board elections / Catch up on Choral Connect '21 
Kia ora <<First Name>>,

Our thoughts in recent weeks have been with those affected by the flooding in parts of the North Island, and it was moving to hear an item on RNZ's Morning Report about Hawkes Bay residents from Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Aotearoa finding strength and solace in singing together.

We all know that music is a universal language and that was richly demonstrated in NZCF Nelson-Marlborough’s recent SingFest, which saw choirs and vocal groups from Nelson’s Māori, Tongan, Vanuatuan, Indonesian, Filipino and Pākehā communities coming together in song. Speaking of SingFests, it’s not long now till singers from all over the motu will converge on Wellington for the long-running NZCF May Workshop – read on to find out how you can take part.

In terms of personnel, we're thrilled to welcome Helen Acheson and Diana Cable to our small but perfectly formed NZCF National team and are pleased to introduce them to you in this edition of eBreve. We're also delighted to announce this year's regional adjudicators for The Big Sing, and remind you that nominations close on 10 March for our upcoming Governance Board elections.

After months in the making, our vibrant new NZCF website has gone live! Do take a moment to have a look around – you’ll find our concerts and event listings are more prominent (and able to be filtered by region and month), the Find a Choir section is more engaging and easier to navigate, and we are continuing to weave a kete of Resources which you’ll find further down the Home page.   

Amongst the news items on our website, you'll find information on how you can take part in an NZ-based study into what leads people to sing in choirs, what encourages them to stay singing and what barriers they face. The results of that study will be of benefit to all who are keen to see the choral sector continue to thrive.

If you have already renewed your NZCF membership, or joined us for the first time this year, thank you for your commitment to our choral community in New Zealand - NZCF simply would not exist without its membership. Even if you sing with a Member Choir, I urge you to consider taking out Personal Membership of NZCF as a way of investing in the future of choral music in Aotearoa.

Ki te kāpuia e kore e whati | We succeed together
Ngā mihi nui
Christine Argyle
Chief Executive
New Zealand Choral Federation
Te Kotahitanga Manu Reo o Aotearoa

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Membership matters
Join NZCF as a Personal or ACD member and you'll enjoy discounted registration to our events, while at the same time helping us sustain the choral sector in NZ. Benefits for Member Choirs include an annual APRA licence and access to our public liability insurance package. 
Multicultural Nelson SingFest 
Nelson choirs and members of Māori, Vanuatuan, Indonesian, Filipino and Tongan performance groups took to the streets last weekend to fill the central city with song. NZCF Nelson-Marlborough Chair Lucy Rainey described it as "a day of diversity, full of song, dance, joy and sparkle!" 
Introducing our newest staff 
We're thrilled to welcome Diana Cable as our new Youth Outreach Coordinator and Helen Acheson as our Children's Outreach Coordinator. Between them, they have a wealth of experience in choral music, arts management and education.
Sing Mozart's Requiem in Wellington
NZCF Wellington's May Workshop will be held 5-6 May and will feature Mozart's Requiem, accompanied by a dramatic orchestral reduction for two pianos & timpani, conducted by Brent Stewart. Come one, come all! Find out more...
Meet our TBS regional adjudicators
We're pleased to announce a great line-up of regional adjudicators for The Big Sing this year: Morag Atchison, Michael Stewart and Peter Walls. Click through to read more about them and which centres they'll be covering.
NZ choral research project
NZ conductor Kate Bell is undertaking PhD reserach into the experiences of people who join adult choirs, including what encourages them to stay singing and what barriers they face. Find out how you can take part in this research project.
Governance Board elections
Are you a 'big picture' thinker who is keen to contribute to the strategic direction of NZCF? We are calling for nominations to the NZCF Governance Board. Nominations close on Friday 10 March 2023. 
Catch up on Choral Connect '21
As we look forward to this year's Choral Connect in October, we also continue our series looking back on the presentations from Choral Connect '21. This month's video release features Ataahua Papa's session on Waiata Māori.
Advertisements and Vacancies
Student Welfare Manager for the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. Applications close 13 March
Music Director, Rosetown Choristers, Te Awamutu
Seeking Choir Leader for 7-12 year olds
Choir risers for sale in Canterbury
Musical Director for the Harmony Singers in Christchurch
Seeking Music Director for faith-based choir
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