The Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir 2017 has welcomed a new director in 2017.
Susan Densem began her musical training in Christchurch, singing and playing the piano, violin and clarinet. She completed a BA in music at the UC School of Music and a Dip Mus and BMus in Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has taught singing and other instruments, both privately and at schools, in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. She is currently an Itinerant Teacher of Voice at Burnside High School .
Susan’s professional singing career has spanned more than 30 years. She has performed as a soprano soloist for many choirs and orchestras in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas and as an opera singer here and in Australia. Most recently she sang in Acis and Galatea with New Zealand Opera and for the City Choir and CSO in Missa Pacifica and the Faure Requiem.
As a chorister, Susan has sung in many choirs including the New Zealand National Youth Choir, the Jubilate Singers and the Queensland University Chamber Singers. She sang with Voices NZ from 2001-03, and returned to the Voices NZ 16 in 2014.
As a conductor, Susan has worked with a number of primary and secondary school choirs. She has had national success with her choirs, winning the Platinum award at the NZ Choral Federation Big Sing Finale four times, as well as receiving many Gold awards. She has been the musical director of renowned Christchurch chamber choir, the Jubilate Singers, for the last two years.