About Songleaders Network Aotearoa

We are an Incorporated Society run by a Steering Committee of 8 members:

Carol Shortis (Wellington) Chair, Helen Diaz (Northland & Auckland) Secretary, Andrea Robinson (Wellington) Treasurer/Music Therapy, Vanya Howell-Kress (Wellington), Sally Randall (Oamaru), Anna Pendred (Auckland) and Tevivi Daniel (Hastings)

Who's the Network for?

  • Vocal leaders and musical directors of  world music, gospel and community choirs
  • Teachers or singers who lead singing in Primary & Secondary schools
  • Community musicians who work with people from all walks of life
  • Music Therapists and aspiring or training Song Leaders

Our Values

SLNA Values:
●    Inclusion, accessibility and diversity. Upholding the right for everyone to sing
●    Commitment to applying the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
●    Respect for all people, communities, oral and tradition bearers and their intellectual property
●    Encouraging and sustaining communities of singing
●    Cultivating the practice of oral song leading
●    Acknowledging the health benefits of community singing, and it’s contribution to wellbeing/hauora
●    Working dynamically, collaboratively and creatively

What does SLNA offer its members?

In brief the Network aims to provide members with the following: 

  • Songs and resources; Vocal leadership guidance
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Networking between song leaders and choirs
  • Notification of workshops and singing events

How much does membership cost?

Individual membership costs $50 for any 12 month period.

From Our Patron

Over the last twenty years there has been a wonderful growth in group singing here, but few resources outside the prevailing choral tradition to train those who want to learn how to direct and guide singers in alternate repertoires. So it's time for community singing in NZ to take the next step, that of encouraging and supporting the growth of the people we entrust with the leadership of our choirs and classes and providing the resources for those who want to learn how to take on those roles.

As vocal leaders you recognise the enormous value of community singing for the well-being and cohesiveness of the community, you see changes in your fellow-singers, and you experience the unique joy that singing together brings to all. We all have gifts to share and I believe the Song Leaders' Network Aotearoa, in providing a forum for discussion and access to ideas, training and repertoire can give us all the tools to better communicate, educate and inspire our singers.
Tony Backhouse

 

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