development and mentoring project 

The AYC Development and Mentoring Project is an innovative and integrated choral development project to be delivered within the framework of the Auckland Youth Choir. 

The project includes these elements:



The Chamber Choir is a smaller group of singers drawn from the full choir. Any member of AYC will be able to audition. The Chamber Choir’s purposes are to enable the performance of more demanding works, provide the potential for more diversified concert programmes and further develop the musicianship of our singers. The Chamber Choir rehearses for an hour ahead of each full choir rehearsal. Auditions will be held on the March 1.

Emerging Conductor


An aspiring young conductor has the opportunity to gain experience working with a high quality choir and to receive mentoring from Rowan Johnston, one of Aotearoa’s most experienced and capable conductors.  As a member of the choir, the Emerging Conductor will get opportunities to conduct in rehearsal and in performance. Applications are now closed.



This is an opportunity for a young composer to receive a commission for a choral work which will be workshopped and performed by the choir. The young composer will receive mentoring from our Director of Music who has considerable experience in commissioning choral works. Singing in the choir is a prerequisite for being considered. Choir members will be invited to submit a text for consideration by the composer. Applications are now closed.



Talented young musicians studying piano will have the opportunity to apply for this programme. The Emerging Accompanist will be mentored by our experienced accompanist and Assistant Director, Juan Kim, as well as having the opportunity to accompany the choir in rehearsals and performance. The Emerging Accompanist will also become a singing member of the choir. Applications are now closed.

Conducting school


The AYC Conducting School will be open to young conductors from the choir and the wider choral community. Held over two weeks in May, young conductors will have the opportunity to conduct the choir and receive valuable feedback and mentoring from Rowan Johnston. Applications will open early 2021.

Diversity & Outreach


During 2021 AYC will develop a plan to increase membership of singers from diverse backgrounds so that the choir better reflects the diversity of Auckland’s population. In particular, we will seek to increase participation of singers from Māori and Pasifika communities.  

Youth Arts Leadership Programme


Developing leaders will be critical to the successful operation of choirs in New Zealand. This programme will support youth involvement in the operational and administrational aspects of an Arts organisation. Participants may be members of the choir committee. Others may develop hands-on experience in specific aspects of the choir’s operations. An initial component of the programme has been the appointment of a Choir Manager from within the ranks of the choir.

This project has received funding through an Arts Grant from Creative New Zealand.

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