The Team

rowan johnston

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Musical Director/ Conductor

Rowan holds a Masters of Music in conducting with First Class Honours from University of Auckland. Rowan studied voice and composition at Victoria University and holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Auckland University with First Class Honours having studied with Dr Karen Grylls.

He is Director of Music at Holy Trinity Cathedral and Musical Director of Choralation  the combined choir of Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls High Schools who have had an outstanding record of success at the New Zealand Choral Federation’s The Big Sing and in festivals in Europe.

He was the founder of the Taranaki Youth Choir and has been a guest conductor for numerous choirs including School Big Sing Finale Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir, and choirs for the Rugby World Cup.   He has also been a regular guest conductor at the Australian National Choral School and was a former vocal coach and accompanist for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir. He has been an adjudicator at the Australian International Choral Festival and NZCF Kids Sing. He is a Choral Advisor for NZCF Association of Choral Directors providing coaching to other conductors.

His choral singing experience includes Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and University of Auckland Chamber Choir as well as the choirs of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wellington Cathedral and St Mary’s Cathedral in New Plymouth.

Juan Kim

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accompanist/assistant music director

South Korean born Juan Kim moved to NZ in 2005, and attended Kamo High School in Whangarei. Juan has played the piano since the age of six and he completed his Bachelors of Music degree with honours in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland under Natalia Ricci, Qu Yong and Stephen De Pledge.

He was accompanist for Auckland Oratorio Choral, New Zealand Singing School and is currently an official accompanist of the University of Auckland, Auckland Choral and Assistant Musical Director for Auckland Youth Choir and Euphony.

Juan is currently working in Diocesan School for Girls, St Cuthbert’s College, Kristin School and Saint Kentigern College running his private piano studio and also as a school pianist and ensemble coach.

He also joins various productions such as Opera Factory’s opera series as a Musical Director and Auckland University’s Opera scenes as a répétiteur.

Sam nicholson


choir manager

Sam Nicholson has been appointed Choir Manager as part of the AYC Youth Arts Leadership Programme. Prior to joining AYC Sam sang in the highly successful choirs – Voicemale and Choralation -  while at Westlake Boys High School where he was Music and Culture Captain. He is studying for joint degrees in Law and Arts at Auckland University and also teaching and playing clarinet.

His role involves responsibility for secretarial duties, financial administration and funding applications, concert management, marketing and publicity including web site and social media. He will be supported by the committee and other choir members in specific areas.


Warwick Harvey​


Sam Nicholson

Kitty Milner

Rowan Johnston

Maggie Zhang​

Juan Kim

Jamie Hofer

Chris Winder​

Leilani Walker

Takerei Komene

Mitchell Hageman

Kate Wong She