Gina Sanders: BMus(Auck), FTCL(voice), BA, BMus Hons(Qld), ATCL(piano), AIRMT(NZ)
Gina has a very busy, multifaceted career as one of NZ’s established soprano soloists, an examinerat all levels in NZ and internationally, and an advanced teacher and choral conductor. She completedseven degrees and diplomas in piano, voice, theory, musicology, pedagogy and languages at Auckland and Queensland Universities and Trinity College London, and then became the first NZ musician to be awarded a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship, enabling her to undertake post-graduate studies in Stuttgart, Germany. Since her years of study overseas she completed 14 international concert tours with engagements throughoutthe UK, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, covering over 25cities and also fulfills invitations to present her courses: The Developing Singer, The Developing Teacher and The Developing Musician in several different languages.
She has appeared as a soloist with every major choral society, orchestra and opera company in NZ and is a NZ Concert FM artist, with over 60 opera and oratorio roles in her repertoire.
Supporting her passion for education, she has, in her 26 years of membership with NEWZATS, served six as the Editor of the NEWZATS journal and 12 on Council. She is an active member of IRMT (NZ), having co-convened the Southern Performers’ Group for the past seven years. She has a particular interest harnessing the natural qualities of individual voices and the expressive idioms and characteristics of various languages employed by singers.
Now a Teaching Fellow at Waikato University, she continues her examining role for Auckland University andthe New Zealand Music Examination Board whilst holding the position as Director of Chapel Music at King’s College, Auckland. Gina is the Patron of the South Auckland Performing Arts Competition Society and was recently awarded a Local Heroes Medal at the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in Auckland for her services to the arts and the community.