OUR PEOPLE

Dr Karen Grylls

Artistic Director

Dr Karen Grylls was appointed Musical Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir in 1989. She founded Voices New Zealand in March 1998, and is now Artistic Director of both these national choirs.

Arne Herrmann

Chief Executive

Taking up the role as Chief Executive of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand in May 2016,  Arne has worked for nearly 20 years in Arts and Festival Management in New Zealand. He held senior management positions at New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the contemporary dance company The Human Garden.

Emma Billings

Operations Manager

Emma Billings has worked for Choirs Aotearoa NZ since April 2005, both in her current role as Operations Manager and previously as the Choir Administrator. 

Catrin Johnsson

Vocal Consultant

Catrin Johnsson, mezzo soprano, was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal University College of Music, Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has worked as a principal artist and is a Performance Teacher in Voice at the University of Auckland.

Robert Wiremu

Adviser (Artistic)

Robert is Professional Teaching Fellow at The University of Auckland. He was artistic director of the V8 Vocal Ensemble and conductor of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir.

Horomona Horo

Maori consultant/taonga puoro musician

Horomona Horo has performed with many different genres, and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of taonga puoro (traditional maori instruments) and contemporary musical techniques.

BOARD

Andrea Gray

Chair

Andrea is currently Deputy Chief Executive at NZQA and leads the Digital Assessment Transformation. She has a BMus, BA (Linguistics) and an MA (Library & Information Studies).

Diana Cable

Trustee appointed 2008

Diana Cable was a founding member of the New Zealand Youth Choir and her career has been in radio and arts management. She is Chair of the Artistic Advisory Group of Choirs Aotearoa.

Warwick Mitchell

Trustee appointed 2009

Warwick Mitchell has been involved in choral singing for over twenty-five years. He is a current singing member of Auckland Choral and was its Chair for nine years.

Les Foy

Trustee appointed 5 November 2011

Les Foy is a chartered accountant and heads up the specialist audit team at Crowe Horwath Wellington.

David Hamilton

Trustee appointed September 2012

David Hamilton is a teacher and widely performed composer with a particular interest in choral music.

Stephen Park

Trustee appointed 2014

Stephen Park sang tenor in the inaugural New Zealand Youth Choir (1979-1982) and was a member of the choir’s management committee in 86/87.

Diccon Sim

Trustee appointed 2015

Diccon Sim was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1983 to 1988, and a member of its management committee during that time. He is a partner in Dunedin law firm, Gallaway Cook Allan.