The Graduate Choir NZ
The Graduate Choir NZ
Mixed Voice Choir
Auckland, New Zealand

Hear Our Voices Tour of Auckland

The Graduate Choir NZ is coming to an Auckland suburb near you! Join us and special guests for concerts around Auckland in Sept - Nov.

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New Zealand Youth Choir wins Grand Prix in Czech Republic

Warmest congratulations to David Squire and the NZ Youth Choir for their recent remarkable achievements in the Czech Republic. The NZ Youth Choir won all of its four classes - and was the overall winner, receiving the Grand Prix of the 24th Annual International Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice. You may read more about it - and hear some of the fine singing - through these links: Scoop, NewsHub

The Graduate Choir NZ is proud to be associated with this group in many ways - not least the links which we have with the national choirs through several of our current and past singers.

Choir receives standing ovation

At the invitation of the Auckland NZCF, The Graduate Choir NZ presented a "showcase" performance at the first Gala Concert of


at the Auckland Town Hall on Tuesday 14 June to a capacity audience.
The Graduate Choir NZ performed music by Eric Whitacre - "Glow" - a piece written in 2013 for the World of Colour Honour Choir (some 1500 singers!) as part of the Winter Dreams Show which premièred in Disneyland, California. Accompanied by Chris Artley, the choir gave a splendid, poised account with huge dynamic control and a magical ending - receiving a standing ovation from concert patrons.

The Big Sing is New Zealand's premier secondary schools' choral competition and the gala concerts, with a large number of school choirs presenting items, are always a highlight of the event.

If you missed this wonderful performance, you can hear the piece again as part of the choir's
Hear Our Voices Tour
later this year; check this website for details.

Dame Malvina Major becomes PATRON of The Graduate Choir NZ
In a sell-out concert recently at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Dame Malvina Major ONZ GNZM DBE was officially installed as Patron of The Graduate Choir NZ. Celebrating her long and warm association with the choir, Dame Malvina was handed a citation and gift during the second half of the recital - appropriately named "A Major Occasion" - which featured not only her fabulous singing, but also the talents of Pene and Amitai Pati and the choir itself.

After fourteen years of operation, The Trust Board, Management Team and choristers of The Graduate Choir NZ are truly delighted to have forged this significant milestone with Dame Malvina and look forward to many more years of a fruitful and happy relationship with one of the most generous and gracious doyennes of New Zealand music.
Dame Malvina Major receiving her citation at
"A Major Occasion" - 29 September 2015
Alumni of The Graduate Choir NZ win more prestigious awards!
Following their performances with The Graduate Choir NZ and Dame Malvina Major in our recent A Major Occasion concert at the end of September, both Amitai Pati and Pene Pati have won major awards in opera competitions.
Tenor Amitai Pati won the top prize in the 2015 New Zealand Aria competition on 25th October in Rotorua. Amitai performed Lensky's aria from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin winning a prize package of $20,000 courtesy of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.
Opera is not only about voice it's about technique, delivery, stage presence, and projection. Pati's experience confirmed that, like his brother, he's the complete package. Rotorua Daily Post Nov 2015
Brothers and international tenor stars Pene (left) and Amitai Pati performing at the recent concert by
The Graduate Choir NZ -
"A Major Occasion"
At the end of October Pene Pati won 2nd place in the international Neue Stimmen Opera Competition in Germany. Following this competition Pene performed in the Royal Albert Hall, London, and back in New Zealand he was guest artist at the New Zealand Aria competition in Rotorua. To hear (Darren) Pene Pati sing in the Neue Stimmen competition please click on this link:
The Graduate Choir NZ - news update
The A Major Occasion concert at the end of September was an outstanding success with a capacity audience at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and world-class performances by the choir and the internationally celebrated guest artists Dame Malvina Major, Pene Pati and Amitai Pati. We are now editing the professional recording (audio and video) we commissioned for this concert.
The Graduate Choir NZ in performance at
"A Major Occasion"
A huge thank you to our wonderfully enthusiastic audience who attended this very special event and helped make it a truly major occasion.
There was extensive promotion of this concert including a performance by the choir on TVNZ and interviews on Radio NZ Concert resulting in a significantly higher profile for the choir. There will be another performance by The Graduate Choir NZ on TVNZ's Good Morning programme on December the 7th prior to its appearance with the APO in the "Celebrate Christmas" recitals in the Holy Trinity Cathedral later that week.
We hope you managed to catch the choir in top form earlier this year in a significant performance at the Auckland Arts Festival in the Town Hall and in its customary well-attended Mother's Day Concert at St Benedict's.

If you would like to become a singer in The Graduate Choir NZ,
please contact the Director of Music: 634 2946

"This is one of the very best choirs in New Zealand, of great strength and excellence both in its technical skills, musicality and interpretative insight"

"They redefine the word perfection before your very ears"

"Director Terence Maskell has shaped this into one of our most exciting smaller choirs"

"A national treasure"

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