development & mentoring project 

Auckland Youth Choir launched its Development & Mentoring project in 2021.
The project is an innovative and integrated choral development project that seeks to deepen the choir's impact in Auckland and provide young musicians with opportunities and experience for grow in the arts industry.​
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Emerging Conductor


An aspiring young conductor has the opportunity to gain experience working with a high-quality choir and to receive mentoring from our Director of Music.  The Emerging Conductor will conduct the AYC in both rehearsals and performances, receiving feedback and training from our music team. The Emerging Conductor will also be a singing member of the choir.

Previous Emerging Conductors have included Takerei Komene and Blake Scanlen.

Collaborative pianist


A talented musician studying piano will be mentored by our experienced accompanist and gain unique experience accompany AYC. The Emerging Collaborative Pianist will have the opportunity to accompany the choir in rehearsals and performance, receiving feedback and training from our music team. The Emerging Collaborative Pianist will also become a singing member of the choir.

Previous Emerging Collaborative Pianists have included Michelle Xu and Catherine Chang.

We are now accepting applications for these positions in 2023 and encourage any interested young musicians to apply!
Please get in touch if you have any questions about these positions.



An emerging young composer will receive a commission for a work to be performed by the choir. The Composer will receive feedback on draft scores and mentoring from our music team. The composer will also sing in the choir and provide input in the rehearsal process of their piece.

Previous Young Composers in Residence have included Alex Taylor, Kitty Milner, Takerei Komene, Julia Francis, and Reuben Rameka.

We are now accepting applications for the 2023 Young Composer in Residence.



The Chamber Choir is a smaller auditioned group of singers drawn from the full choir. The Chamber Choir’s purposes are to enable the performance of more demanding repertoire, create diversified concert programmes and further develop the musicianship of our singers. The Chamber Choir rehearses for an hour ahead of each full choir rehearsal.

Previous Chamber Choir projects have included tours to Sydney and New York City, Bernstein's Rejoice in the Lamb, a recording session at Roundhead Studios, the Silver Scroll Awards and the University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Auditions for the Chamber Choir will be held in February 2023. 


If you are interested in auditioning for the Chamber Choir, first sign up for Auckland Youth Choir!

Impact & Engagement


AYC is developing an engagement plan which will guide it in broadening and deepening its impact within Tāmaki-makaurau. This plan will be founded on the aspirations of its choristers and operationalised by members of the Youth Arts Leadership programme to ensure that the outcomes and methods truly reflect AYC’s values as a youth cultural organisation.