THE BIG SING REGIONAL ADJUDICATORS 2015
Northern Area – Christine Argyle
Christine Argyle is immediate past Chair of the NZ Choral Federation and has been a member of the Voices NZ Chamber Choir since its formation in 1998. In 2004 Christine founded Wellington’s Nota Bene chamber choir and two years ago she formed the Wellington Young Voices children’s choir.
Christine has an LTCL diploma in singing, a BA in languages, and studied conducting at Auckland University with Karen Grylls and Uwe Grodd. She has been a member of numerous choirs and choruses, including the NZ National Youth Choir, London Symphony Chorus and the Auckland Opera Chorus.
In a previous life, Christine was Head of Music at Tauranga Girls’ and Macleans Colleges and was an itinerant vocal teacher and choral conductor in schools. She followed this with a 19-year career in broadcasting as a presenter with Radio NZ Concert and is now manager of the New Zealand String Quartet.
Central Area – Peter Watts
Twenty years as Music Director of Auckland Choral gave Peter the opportunity to work with many of New Zealand’s leading soloists and orchestras and conduct much of the repertoire for large choir and orchestra. He was also Deputy Music Director of the NZ National Youth Choir for seven years and has worked with many other choirs around the country.
Peter is regularly heard as pianist in concerts with vocalists, and in chamber music. He teaches in the Auckland University School of Music and also examines internationally for Trinity College, London.
In 2005 he was awarded the MNZM for services to Choral Music.
Southern Area – John Rosser
John 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. In 1985 he formed the chamber choir Viva Voce, which he has now led in some 350 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 New Zealand Opera, preparing nearly 50 operas for thecompany 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. Chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation’s Governance Board and Artistic Director of Sing Aotearoa, John devised and directed both the Rugby World Cup 2011 National Anthems venture and the 2013 Tallis Project.
SOUNZ NZCF CHORAL COMPOSITION AWARDDavid N. Childs, b. 1969 at Nelson, New Zealand, has a Bachelor’s degree in composition and musicology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand; a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Florida State University, Tallahassee; and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University. From 2000-2011 Dr. Childs served as tenured Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville. He has conducted numerous All-State and honor choirs, and his compositions frequently appear at state festivals and workshops, and at ACDA state, regional, and national conventions. He has received commissions from around the world, including Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 2010 he was voted the Tennessee Composer of the Year.
In May of 2013 he accepted the Director of Music position at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. In addition, in 2010 he established Vox Humana a Nashville-based professional choir of twenty-four voices, serving as their Executive and Artistic Director. Their compact disc recording Into the Night (featuring several SBMP titles) was released by Naxos in May, 2013. David is married to Lesley French Childs, Assistant Professor of Laryngology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, and the proud father of two beautiful young daughters.