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2016 Choirs

New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir - New Zealand

Kathaumixw’s 2016 guest choir will be the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir, winner of Kathaumixw's first People’s Choice Award in 2010.

The NZSSC is a national, auditioned choir for secondary school students (aged 13-19). Through excellence, professionalism, collaboration, resilience and advocacy, we aim to extend secondary students’ choral excellence and to develop their leadership capabilities as key contributors to the New Zealand arts sector.  Approximately 60 members join for a two year cycle, gathering for a week of rehearsals and concerts every school holiday break (approximately 3 weeks per year). At the end of the two year cycle, members tour internationally.

Andrew Withington

Musical Director Andrew Withington
Andrew has directed the NZSSC since 2008. He is currently studying towards a doctorate in choral pedagogy at the University of Canterbury, NZ, where he also teaches conducting and musicianship. He is in high demand as a choral conductor, adjudicator and clinician and has previously sung in NZ’s national youth and chamber choirs.