The Erskine Singers started as a small group based in the Erskine building. In the last few years the group has grown considerably and we have performed at many UC events.
Directed by Jan Evans-Freeman, who has significant experience in music performing and teaching, the choir rehearse on Thursdays at 5pm in the John Britten building.
Due to some recent departures the choir are a little short of members this year and would love to hear from anyone interested in joining.
We try and sing everything in at least three part harmony so the ability to read music is valuable, though not essential. We have performed a range of music from opera choruses to arrangements of more modern songs.
We plan to start rehearsing for 2019 from Thursday 7 March.
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.
Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir, open to students and non-students of all ages from Secondary School up – and that also includes staff – here at UC!
Consortia is directed by current Music PhD candidate and lecturer Andrew Withington (current Musical Director of the NZ Secondary Student’s Choir, and recent Director of Christchurch City Choir) for UC School of Music. Last year, the choir’s performances included Bach’s Magnificat and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra: Consortia is a choir that is going places.
There are approximately 40 places up for grabs and those who are successful may also have the chance to join the smaller Vocal Consort formed from within the ranks of Consortia. Contact for more information or to apply now: