OPEN REHEARSAL WITH ERIC WHITACRE, NZ Secondary Students’ Choir and NZ Youth Choir

24 - 25 Sep 2022

Our young national choirs work with Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, ahead of our concert


24 Sep 2022




25 Sep 2022



In a landmark moment for choral music in Aotearoa New Zealand, Grammy Award winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre takes the stage in Auckland for on Open Rehearsal with the New Zealand Youth Choir.

Eric Whitacre’s works are programmed worldwide and his ground-breaking Virtual Choirs have united singers from more than 145 countries over the last decade. A graduate of Juilliard School of Music, Eric completed his second term as Artist in Residence with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2020 having served five years as Composer in Residence at the University of Cambridge. In 2021, Eric was named a Yamaha Artist.

In this 1-hour long rehearsal, Eric will work with and conduct the NZ Secondary Students' Choir & NZ Youth Choir on a selection of his own works that the choirs will be performing that night at the gala concert.

The 5 pieces the NZ Secondary Students' Choir are planning to work on are:

  1. Animal Crackers (Vol 1)
  2. Animal Crackers (Vol 2)
  3. Seal Lullaby
  4. Lux Aurumque
  5. Little Birds

The 7 pieces the NZ Youth Choir are planning to work on are:

1. - 5. The City and the Sea
6. A Boy and a Girl
7. Lux Aurumque

Keeping everyone safe

  • Our choir and staff are fully vaccinated
  • There may be restricted audience numbers depending on the colour level of the Protection Framework
  • Bubbles will be spatially distanced
  • Audience will be required to wear masks

If you have any specific questions around our commitment to keep our choir and audience safe, feel free to email