''  Who are we?

Wellington Young Voices is an exciting choral venture for 8 to 14 year olds — sweet-singing fledgling birds, or pirere rōreka — led by expert choral conductors and tutors. We aim to nurture the young voices of the Wellington region by providing weekly opportunities for children to develop their vocal, choral and musicianship skills.

We aim to:

Wellington Young Voices is an Incorporated Society chaired by Judy McKoy, a teacher and arts administrator, and singer with Nota Bene chamber choir. Scroll down for information on our music team and administrator.

'' Our programme for 2016

Weekly rehearsals
Rehearsals are on Mondays 4pm - 6pm at Wellington Central Baptist Church, Boulcott Street.
Our first rehearsal for term one is on Monday 15 February. Download the 2016 rehearsal schedule here for a full list of term dates. Note that this may well change throughout the year as opportunities arise for WYV singers to collaborate with other organisations. Our rehearsals are all in term time unless otherwise specified

Music will include a range of songs from contemporary classical to world music and musical theatre, including repertoire from Aotearoa New Zealand. Choir members will have printed music scores for some songs, but it is not essential that the singers know how to read music prior to joining the choir.

Concerts and performances
There will be a number of occasions during the year when we will share our music with families and perform to wider audiences in a variety of settings. Singers and their families will be given adequate notice of performance dates and and we expect WYV choir members to commit to taking part in performances where possible.

''  Upcoming events include

Saturday 2 April 2016 - Mahler 3 with the NZSO (selected WYV singers). MFC 7.30pm.

''  Past events

July 2012 Holiday Choral Course

February 2013 Preview Day

Monday 15 April 2013 - Term one concert: All in the Family

Saturday 4 May 2013 - Guest children’s choir for the NZ Choral Federation workshop performance of Bizet’s Carmen.

Monday 8 July 2013 - Term two concert: Singing the World

Sunday 22 September 2013 - Term three concert: Animal Crackers

Sunday 8 December 2013 - Term four concert: Season’s Greetings (With Porirua Youth Brass) at Old St Paul’s

Monday 9 December 2013 - Christmas busking to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, Midland Park, Wellington City

Sunday 15 December 2013 - Christmas at Te Papa (With Porirua Youth Brass). Programme as for December 8 at Old St Paul’s

Saturday 8 & 15 March 2014 - Chorus of Animals in NZ Opera’s production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten

Saturday 10 May 2014 - Children’s Chorus in Orpheus Choir performance of 17 Days by James McCarthy (Michael Fowler Centre)

Sunday August 31 - At the Movies 4pm Paramount Theatre, Wellington. Programme

Saturday 15 November - Children’s Chorus in Orpheus Choir/Wellington Orchestra performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (MFC)

Sunday 14 December 2014 - 'Christmas Crackers' at Old St Paul’s, Wellington.

Sunday 29 March 2015 - Choruses from Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with the Bach Choir, conductor Peter Walls. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill St, Wellington.

Friday 12 June 2015 - Collaborative concert with the Loboc Children’s Choir from the Philippines. Pipitea Marae, Thorndon. Flyer

Saturday 27 June 2015 – WYV sings with the Capital Choir, Wesley Church, Taranaki St. A Little Jazzy. 2pm. Capital Choir.

Friday 2 October 2015 - Collaborative Wellington concert with the Australian Boys Choir .WYV Programme.

Sunday 13 December 2015 - WYV sings Christmas at Old St Pauls. 4pm


''  How to join

As of 2016, entry to the choir is by audition, as numbers are limited. Ability to read music and prior vocal training is not required. Group vocal lessons will be included in the weekly programme. Please submit a registration form to the Administrator, Suzanne Callum, prior to auditioning. Payment should be made within 7 days of acceptance into the choir to secure a place.

Note: some scholarships may be available for payment of fees.

Auditions for term 1 2016 will be on Monday 1 February, 4-6pm at Central Baptist Church in Boulcott Street. An audition time must be arranged in advance with the WYV Administrator. An alternative date may possibly be arranged for children unable to audition on that date.

To register, complete our 2016 WYV Registration Form.


''  Sponsor a singer

While we aim for the highest possible performance standards, the choir is open to all children, regardless of musical training and experience. We acknowledge that some parents will struggle to find the money for the fees we require to cover our operating costs. If you can help by sponsoring a singer for a term, half a year or a full year, download this form and send it to our administrator.

Contact our friendly administrator:Suzanne Callam


'' Our team

""Christine Argyle, music director. Christine studied singing from a young age and joined the NZ National Youth Choir in her late teens. She has sung with the Voices NZ Chamber Choir since its formation in 1998, and was the founder and director of the Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene from 2004 - 2014. Christine was a well-known presenter with Radio NZ Concert for 18 years and is currently Manager of the New Zealand String Quartet. As a former secondary music teacher and vocal/choral itinerant, Christine has broad experience working with young singers, and has been a regular adjudicator for The Big Sing choral competition. She is the immediate past Chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation.

'' Maaike Christie-Beekman, vocal tutor. Maaike studied classical singing and performing arts in Amsterdam. She performed throughout the Netherlands and Europe in operas, oratorio, and chamber music, and embraced other musical styles such as jazz and musical theatre. She specialises in coaching others, and currently works as a singing pedagogue and performance coach with many singers and groups. She continues to feature as a soloist across a range of local and national productions. It was on arrival in New Zealand with her family four years ago that Maaike started directing choirs.

''Rosemary Russell, Accompanist. Rosemary studied piano with Wallace Woodley and Rae de Lisle and has been an accompanist for a number of choirs, including the Wellington Youth Choir and Queen Margaret College Chorale. Rosemary has taught for over 25 years in both primary and secondary schools and is currently HOD Music at Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. A talented composer, she has worked with children on several recording projects, composing with the children and directing their performances. Rosemary was Music Director of the Festival Singers for nine years and also sings in Nota Bene, the Orpheus Choir and, on occasions, Voices NZ Chamber Choir.

''Judy McKoy, Chair. Judy brings over thirty years’ experience in music education in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors to Wellington Young Voices. She founded and conducted the Mana Junior Choir when her own children were young and wanted to sing. As an HOD, she led the music departments at Aotea College, St Oran’s College and at Hutt International Boys’ School. She has also been a music advisor in the Wellington region and a lecturer at the Wellington College of Education. Judy has been a member of a number of Wellington choirs, and currently sings with Nota Bene chamber choir. Now working as a free-lance researcher, teacher and project administrator, Judy also chairs the Porirua Community Arts Council.

''Suzanne Callam, Administrator. Suzanne enjoys a rich association with the Arts as current office manager/administrator of the New Zealand String Quartet Trust. Prior to this she was one of four directors of a family company, founded on the principles of traditional methods of craftsmanship, designing and manufacturing furniture for both commercial application and the home. She brings her experience in logistical planning, administration, and concert presentation to WYV Choir. Dear to her heart is her passion for seeing young people succeed in reaching for the stars and aspiring to achieve beyond expectation. She is a devoted arts enthusiast who enjoys the stimulation and inspiration that comes from working with creative, talented individuals.