We are delighted to have a large group of younger singers in the choir this year – a big welcome, and we hope that you enjoy some of the great works we will be performing.

As part of our plan to encourage student musicians, the Board continues to award Orpheus Choral Scholarships on the recommendation of the Music Director. We are very grateful to Todd Corporation Ltd for their generous sponsorship of these scholarships.

In 2018 we welcome back a number of students as well as new scholars.

ALEXANDRA WOODHOUSE APPLEBY

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2016, 2017 & 2018

My name is Alexandra and I have just completed my Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance Voice at the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī, learning singing from Lisa Harper Brown. The story goes that I have been singing in tune since as young as two years old. I first started formal music training with piano lessons and gained ABRSM Grade 6 in 2013.

I have had the pleasure of singing in choirs such as St Paul’s Choristers, the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir from 2013-2016, and various choirs at Wellington Girls’ College. I have always loved singing with people and over the past three years have sung in the chorus for productions with New Zealand Opera, Days Bay Opera and Eternity Opera. Jazz has also been a genre I have enjoyed and pursued whole heartedly, performing at the Wellington and Manawatu Jazz Festivals in 2015.

It is always an enjoyable experience rehearsing, performing and socialising with the Orpheus Choir of Wellington. We know we’re in capable hands with the musical prowess of Brent Stewart who provides interesting repertoire and unparalleled comic relief during rehearsals. I greatly value the opportunities that Orpheus has provided me with so far.

BEATRIX CARINO

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2016, 2017 & 2018

Beatrix is currently in her second year of study towards a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance under the tutelage of Lisa Harper Brown, whilst being in her first year of postgraduate studies towards a Master of Music Therapy at the New Zealand School of Music. Her passion for music was encouraged at a young age through active service to the community in the Philippines. She started her classical training on her arrival in New Zealand, under the tutelage of Geoffrey Coker, before heading to the New Zealand School of Music.

She holds an Advanced Certificate diploma in voice with Trinity College London, and has performed in various productions in the Wellington region, most recently as Sylvane in the Merry Widow 2016 production with the Wellington Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera.

Beatrix joined Orpheus in 2015 and was a scholar in 2016. She has broadened her repertoire and gained insightful experience through rehearsals and performances.

Beatrix aspires to be a professional opera singer someday, and be a registered music therapist. She is very interested in helping people through the experience of music.

DANI YOURUKOVA

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2018

Dani has been singing with the soprano section in Orpheus choir for two years now. She studied singing intensively in high school – participating in regular performances both solo and ensemble, local competitions, barbershop, masterclass-guesting and the NZSM Academy programme. Since school, Dani has continued to perform, including a lead role in NZonAir-sponsored musical production ‘Happy Playland’, currently playing on TVNZ on Demand. However, since beginning study for her BA (and later GradDipArts) she was unable to afford further vocal coaching.

The award of this Orpheus scholarship offers a valuable opportunity to seek further education and develop her voice while completing her Honours year.

FRANCESCA MOORE

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2016, 2017 & 2018

Francesca is currently in her fourth year of study, working towards a BMus with Honours in Music Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, having already completed an undergraduate in the same field in 2017. Francesca first discovered her love of choral singing during her time at Wellington East Girls College. She sang in the auditioned choir, Cantala, from 2011 – 2014, including a tour of Europe in 2012. In 2014, she was a soloist in the children’s opera Brundibàr, as part of the Recovering Forbidden Voices conference.

Alongside her membership with Orpheus, Francesca has also sung with the Victoria University Choir and is a current reserve member of the NZYC. Most recently, Francesca has re-discovered her love of folk music, joining the Victoria University Folk Music Club as a recorder player and singer.

Francesca joined Orpheus in 2015 and was a scholar in 2016 and 2017. She enjoys the diversity and challenge of the repertoire and is grateful for the opportunity to return as a scholar again as she looks forward to many more performances to come.

HENRY SIM

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2016, 2017 & 2018

Henry rediscovered his passion for singing in year 11 at Onslow College. He joined both school choirs and in year 12, began his solo performance career as a tenor in Onslow’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. He participated in multiple Big Sing competitions and in year 13, with the Onslow College Chamber Choir, took part in the Australian International Music Festival. Although pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics, minoring in Econometrics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minoring in Italian, Henry still wishes to keep music in his life.  He is very grateful the Orpheus Choir has given him the chance to do so. Henry plans to receive voice lessons and is excited about future opportunities that will arise from his love of singing and music in general.

ISABEL DOUDNEY

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2017

My name is Isabel Doudney and I am currently in my first year at Victoria University studying Art History and French. My love for choral singing began with the many choirs I joined while I was at Burnside High School in Christchurch, which included Senior Chorale and Bel Canto. While in the choirs we won gold and platinum awards at The Big Sing competitions (2015-2016). However it is not the awards that make me love choir: it is the people I have met and being able to sing along with other people to create a force of sound which makes choral singing so enjoyable. I have had voice lessons since 2013 with Sue Densem.

Upon moving to Wellington I joined the Wellington Youth Choir and the Orpheus Choir. I have been to a few Orpheus concerts before and been envious of the repertoire sung and amazed by the cohesiveness of such a large choir. I really look forward to being a part of it.

JOE HADDOW

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

Joe Haddow has completed his BMUS with first class Hons in Classical Performance under the tutelage of Margaret Medlyn and James Clayton. In 2018 he was one of the five Lexus Song Quest 2018 Finalists.

Born in Mid Sussex, England, he and his family came to NZ in 2006. He started learning saxophone at Aotea College and in year 12 joined the barbershop chorus, which led to his teachers prompting him to take up singing. From there he auditioned for NZSM, and has since performed in NZSM Voice concerts, NZ Opera chorus and independent choirs. He participated in the university’s yearly opera productions, recently as The Forester in Janaček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in 2017. He has also more recently played the parts of Plutone and Caronte in Eternity Opera’s 2018 concert production of Orfeo. This year he is also continuing with a double major BSc in Ecology and Biodiversity and Cell and Molecular Bioscience.

LUCY FRANCE

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2018

My name is Lucy France and I have just completed my first year of study towards a Bachelor of Communications at Massey University. Music has always been an integral part of my life and has helped shape me into the person that I am today. My love for choral singing began at primary school and continued when I was accepted into the elite choir Viva Camerata for St Matthew’s Collegiate/Rathkeale College in Masterton. I have also been in various fun choirs and conducted the Year 12 and 13 choir in 2015. I attended my first Big Sing competition in 2011 with Viva Camerata and have taken part in every Big Sing until my final year of school in 2015. Guitar is also a huge passion of mine and I have played since I was 10 years old, often partnering this with my singing.

Aside from my love for choral music and connecting with other choir members on a musical level, my Grandma inspired me to join the Orpheus Choir. She was a friend of the choir for many years, and encouraged me to audition before she passed away in December 2017. I like to think she is watching over me during our performances, and I am so grateful to Orpheus for selecting me as a scholar along with allowing me the opportunity to share my passion with choral music lovers all over the country.

PASQUALE ORCHARD

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

Pasquale  graduated from the New Zealand School of Music Wellington with First Class Honours in Classical Voice in 2017. She is currently completing a Masters of Musical Arts in Classical Voice under the guidance of Jenny Wollerman and Margaret Medlyn. Pasquale was recently announced as an Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera for 2019. As a keen dancer and she holds her NZAMD Licentiate diplomas for Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop, as well as her Trinity LTCL diploma in Performance Arts. Pasquale is an alumna of both the IFAC Handa NZ Singing School and the NZ Opera School.  In August 2018 Pasquale was selected as a finalist in the 2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing competition, receiving the Radzyminski Family Prize in the semi finals and a full tuition scholarship for a one year Masters programme at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

In 2017 Pasquale debuted as Mercedes in Carmen with NZ Festival Opera, starred as the Vixen in NZSM’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen and played Susanna in Eternity Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro. She is also a member of the NZ Opera Chorus. Pasquale is passionate about all aspects of performance. She says she lives for the stage and always strives to captivate her audience.

Pasquale Orchard
PHILIP OLIVER

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2017 & 2018

I am a student at Victoria University of Wellington studying Software Engineering. In my time singing I have been involved in multiple choirs at Tawa College, which included trips to Auckland, Dunedin, and Hamilton for various competitions. I was lucky enough to also be involved in the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir in 2015-2016 and we had an amazing trip to British Columbia to attend the International Choral Kathaumixw. I joined Orpheus for the chance to sing large works of music, to have more chances to sing with an orchestra, and to continue my choral singing now that I am out of secondary school.

TANAYA SHANGARPAWAR

Orpheus Choral Scholar 2018

Tanaya is local Wellingtonian with a passion for music. She will graduate this year from Victoria University Business School and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Otago University in Science.

Her love of singing began at age 9 in primary school, singing in the Chapel Choir. She began voice lessons at 13 and completed Grade 3&4 vocal exams. During secondary school she was a part of school chorale and chamber choir.

During her time at Otago University she was an active member of the Knox College chapel choir for 2 years and in their Big Choir.

She joined Orpheus in early 2018 as she missed her singing and being in a Choir. She also appreciates that reading choir music has been great in rekindling her rusty sight music reading skills. She would love to be a pitch perfect soprano and thinks Orpheus is the key to it.

Orpheus Choir Choral Scholars 2017

  • Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby
  • Beatrix Carino
  • Francesca Moore
  • Henry Sim
  • Isabel Doudney
  • Joe Haddow

  • Karishma Thanawala
  • Pasquale Orchard
  • Peter Liley
  • Philip Oliver
  • Rebecca Paton
  • Stephen Clothier

Orpheus Choir Choral Scholars 2016

  • Alexandra Giandonco
  • Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby
  • Beatrix Carino
  • Francesca Moore
  • Henry Sim
  • Joe Haddow

  • Karishma Thanawala
  • Katrina Brougham
  • Lizzie Callaghan
  • Pasquale Orchard
  • Stephen Clothier

Orpheus Choir Choral Scholars 2015

  • Alexandra Giandonco
  • Benjamin Reason
  • Joe Haddow
  • Karishma Thanawala
  • Katherine McIndoe
  • Katrina Brougham
  • Olivia Marshall
  • Pasquale Orchard
  • Stephen Clothier