How to join the choir
The New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir operates on a two year cycle. Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 choir - apply here.
"Don't think you can't do it because you can. If you love singing, that's all that matters," says NZSSC member Lemau Sio Lolesio.
"We take singing seriously but we have fun at the same time and everyone's there for the same reason: because we love music."
Read a Stuff article on Lemau's experience of NZSSC and watch the video explaining how the audition will work. You'll meet NZSSC Assistant Directors, Rachel Alexander and Brent Stewart, who will reassure you it's not scary!
Auditions: Read the press release.
Auckland: 29 & 30 September and morning of 1 October
Hamilton: afternoon of 1 October
Dunedin: 2 October
Christchurch: 3 & 4 October
Wellington: 5 & 6 October
Palmerston North: afternoon of October 7 & morning October 8.
Applications will only be received online. Members must ensure that they and their parents understand the commitments.
Get in touch with our Executive Officer, Anna Bowron, if you have any further questions about joining NZSSC.
Preparing for an Audition
To see what you will be tested on, read our Audition Assessment (updated Sept 2018).
Pre-audition workshops were run by our music team in September 2016. Watch the below videos, recorded at the Auckland workshop, for insights into the audition process.
Membership fees for the full two year cycle are approximately $6,500, depending on the length and destination of the international tour. These fees cover:
- Costs of attending rehearsal courses, which run for up to one week of every school holidays : tuition, travel to the rehearsal city by plane or bus, billeting with breakfast and dinner (local choir member families are expected to billet members from out of town).
- All costs associated with the international tour, excluding personal expenditure and passport/visa/immunization requirements.
A Student Support Fund was recently established for those members who may require financial assistance with membership fees. An application form is here.
We have also assembled a list of fundraising suggestions, including local grant opportunities, so students can contribute towards the cost of their membership.