B.A., B.Mus., Dip Tchg, A.T.C.L.
Susan first studied conducting at the
Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Dr John Nickson. She has worked with a
number of primary and secondary schools choirs and orchestras for more than 20
years both in Christchurch and Brisbane. Susan was the Musical Director of the
Christchurch South Primary Music Festival from 2004-2009 and continues to
conduct the North West Music Festival massed choirs.
Susan teaches singing at Burnside High
School and conducts their three auditioned choirs, Bel Canto, Senior Chorale
and Aurora Voices. She has had national success with her secondary school choirs
winning the platinum award at the New Zealand Choral Federation Big Sing Finale
three times as well as receiving many gold awards.
Susan’s professional singing career has
spanned 30 years. She has performed as a soprano soloist for many choirs in New
Zealand and overseas and as an opera singer here and in Australia. Susan
studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has taught singing,
piano, clarinet, saxophone and violin, both privately and at schools, in New Zealand
As a chorister, Susan was a member of the Jubilate
Singers, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Choir and the National Youth Choir
of New Zealand and is a current member of the Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.
Susan is excited to be the new Music
Director of the Jubilate Singers and is looking forward to a fruitful
collaboration with the choir.
ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR
B Mus, ANZIST, AIRMT, Dip Tchg
Denis was born in Auckland in 1941 and grew up in a musical family. He began playing the organ in his early teens. After working as a laboratory technician for nine years, he embarked on a music degree at Auckland University, where he was awarded the Hollinrake Scholarship.
As a secondary school music teacher he directed over a dozen seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. He sang with the Auckland Bach Cantata Society and the internationally renowned Auckland Dorian Choir, travelling with them on concert tours to Fiji, Britain and Europe. He became their accompanist and deputy conductor under Karen Grylls.
Since his move to Christchurch 21 years ago he has continued serving as a church organist and choir director, currently at St Barnabas Anglican Church, Fendalton; as well as singing with the Jubilate Singers and being its assistant conductor. He has been a member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, the nationally auditioned and internationally acclaimed adult chamber choir. He has presented a number of organ recitals in Christchurch and Auckland, and has led church music seminars throughout the country. He was selected by the New Zealand Choral Federation to be one of its workshop directors for beginner conductors. Denis conducted the Garden City Male Voice Choir for nine years; the Neerlandia Choir for five years; and the early music specialist choir Schola Cantorum more recently. He gives piano, organ and music theory lessons.