Anya Nazaruk - Music Director
Anya was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, where she completed a Diploma with Honors in Jazz Piano, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at The Music Academy of S.Rachmaninov. While still a teenager, Anya completed three successive choral conducting summer schools in Koshalin, Poland. Anya is a passionate educator and since moving to New Zealand 10 years ago, she has held the positions of Director of Music at Southwell School (Hamilton) and Director of Music at St Mark's Church School in Wellington. Anya has completed a variety of professional development courses in Orff methodology, voice and choral conducting, and has performed at various concerts and competitions as a piano accompanist.
Joanne Hodgson - Co-Director
Jo holds Performance Certificates in Voice and Oboe and has taught music to children for nearly 20 years, bringing musical fun to hundreds of pre-schoolers as well as teaching singing to primary and secondary students around the Wellington region. A passion for musical theatre has seen Jo tour New Zealand in Evita, as well as taking on the roles of Grizabella in Cats for Wellington Musical Theatre, Mrs Noah in NZ Opera’s production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and Octavia in Paul Jenden and Gareth Farr's The Nero Show at Circa. As a choral singer, Jo was a foundation member of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and has been a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand chamber choir. She currently sings with Nota Bene, Baroque Voices and Inspirare.
Christine Argyle - Artistic Advisor
Christine studied singing from a young age and joined the NZ National Youth Choir in her late teens. She has sung with the Voices NZ Chamber Choir since its formation in 1998, and was the founder and director of the Wellington chamber choir Nota Bene from 2004 - 2014. Christine was a well-known presenter with Radio NZ Concert for 18 years and is currently Manager of the New Zealand String Quartet. As a former secondary music teacher and vocal/choral itinerant, Christine has broad experience working with young singers, and has been a regular adjudicator for The Big Sing choral competition. She is the immediate past Chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation.
Rosemary Russell - Accompanist
Rosemary studied piano with Rae de Lisle and has been an accompanist for a number of choirs including Wellington Youth Choir and Queen Margaret College Chorale. She has taught music for over 25 years in both primary and secondary schools and is currently HOD Music at Sacred Heart College in Lower Hutt. She has worked as a composer/director with children on several recordings and creative projects and some of her compositions are on the SOUNZ website. Rosemary directed the Festival Singers for nine years and currently assists and sings in both the Orpheus Choir and Nota Bene.
Suzanne Callam · Administrator
Suzanne enjoys a rich association with the Arts as current operations/finance manager of the New Zealand String Quartet Trust. Prior to this she was one of four directors of a furniture company founded on the principles of traditional methods of furniture making. She brings her experience in logistics, planning, administration, and concert presentation to WYV. Dear to her heart is her passion for seeing young people succeed in reaching for the stars. She is a devoted arts enthusiast who enjoys the stimulation and inspiration that comes from working with creative, talented individuals.
Judy McKoy · Chair
Judy brings over thirty years’ experience in music education in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors to Wellington Young Voices. She founded and conducted the Mana Junior Choir when her own children were young and wanted to sing. As an HOD, she led the music departments at Aotea College, St Oran’s College and at Hutt International Boys’ School. She has also been a music advisor in the Wellington region and a lecturer at the Wellington College of Education. She has chaired the Porirua Community Arts Council for the past five years. Judy has been a member of a number of Wellington choirs, and currently sings with Nota Bene chamber choir. Now working as a free-lance researcher, teacher and project administrator she feels privileged to continue her commitment as a founding committee member of WYV.