THE BIG SING NATIONAL FINALE ADJUDICATORS 2014EBBE MUNK studied choral conducting in Europe and the USA and has founded and directed many different vocal ensembles. He has conducted world-wide all the major choir works from Renaissance to the present day, recently focussing on baroque music and the blending of period instruments with the soundscape of boys and men. It is primarily as the conductor of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir (since 1991) that Ebbe has performed in concert halls and cathedrals and at leading international festivals around the world. He has given master classes and served as a jury member in numerous programmes in Denmark and abroad – such as Princeton University (North American Conference for Choral Conductors), the National Conservatory of Music in Hanoi, and at New Zealand’s Teapot Summer School. His choirs’ recordings have been awarded a Grammy from Danish Music Awards and a major prize from l´Institut de France-Académie des Beaux Arts. Ebbe Munk was knighted by HM the Queen of Denmark in 2000.
has worked extensively in Australia and North America specialising in developing young singers. She has been Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, accompanist for Canada’s foremost professional choir and is Co-Founder of the Australian National Choral Champions, Exaudi Youth Choir. Claire specialised in Australian music during her time as Head of Choral Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and as guest conductor at Gondwana National Choral School. Claire has worked with Dr. Doreen Rao, Sir David Wilcocks and Helmuth Rilling, been featured at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Minneapolis, Joy of Singing International Choral Festival, and recorded the world premiere of Harry Somers’ children’s opera A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream for CBC Records (nominated for a Juno Award). Claire has been a finalist in the Mietta Song Recital Award and broadcast on ABC’s “Rising Stars”.
JOHN ROSSER trained as a choral conductor under Professor Peter Godfrey, was a founder member of both the National Youth Choir and the New Zealand Singers, and sang as a baritone soloist throughout the North Island. In 1985 he formed the chamber choir Viva Voce, which he has now led in well over 300 concerts, broadcasts, and recordings, while appearing as guest conductor for many other choirs and orchestras. Since 1996 he has worked as Associate Conductor and Chorus Director for what is now New Zealand Opera, preparing more than 40 operas for the company and conducting four. John is regularly engaged for massed-choir events, choral workshops, radio talks, compèring and adjudication, and was invited to Brisbane in 2009 to conduct Queensland’s first ANCA Chamber Choir. He was the Inaugural Chair of the NZCF’s Governance Board, is Artistic Director of Sing Aotearoa, and devised and directed both the Rugby World Cup 2011 National Anthems venture and the 2013 Tallis Project.
A New Zealander of Maori and Samoan extraction, STEVEN RAPANA is best known for his arrangements and compositions of Pacific choral music. He studied at the University of Auckland earning a Bachelor of Music degree with honours, in vocal performance and choral studies. Steven has been a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, the New Zealand Youth Choir, and is currently a member of Voices New Zealand Sixteen; a semi-professional 16 voice vocal ensemble comprising some of the best choral practitioners in the country, directed by Dr Karen Grylls.
Based in Auckland, he currently works as a singing teacher, choral director, language coach (phonology and languages for singers), a professional singer, arranger, and composer in and around New Zealand.
THE BIG SING REGIONAL ADJUDICATORS 2014
Northern Area – Mark Dorrell, Wellington
Central Area – Judy Bellingham, Dunedin
Southern Area – David Hamilton, Auckland
SOUNZ NZCF CHORAL COMPOSITION AWARD
David Griffiths graduated Master of Music from Auckland University in 1973, later studying in England, presenting recitals and performing as soloist with many UK choirs. Back in NZ he won the NZ Herald Aria and 1983 Mobil Song Quest, becoming a leading recitalist and opera and oratorio soloist. He has sung with the major NZ choirs and opera companies, presented recitals and oratorio roles in England, Germany, the USA, China, Taiwan and Italy. As a leading NZ composer he has had commissions from England, America, Italy and NZ, and is composing an opera for production in Italy, in August 2014. His first solo CD of his own compositions, ‘Charms and Knots’ is available on the Atoll label.