About Us

Teapot Summer School is New Zealand’s premier non-auditioned choral school.

Teapot Summer School Choir Practice

Typically about 70–80 choristers get together every January to work with a wonderful, predominantly international, choral conductor to make beautiful music in a beautiful setting. If we want we can get individual coaching from a highly qualified teacher for no extra charge. We perform a wide range of music from classical European Great Works through to shorter contemporary works, including music by New Zealand composers. For nine days we enjoy great company, copious food and have fun making other music in small groups or just lazing about in one of the most stunning parts of New Zealand.

Some of us are hooked and turn up every year to recharge our batteries – we’d love to share the magic of Teapot with you.

Enjoy the finest professional training through:

  • Three rehearsals with the conductor each day plus smaller group sessions as needed
  • Daily warm-ups and brief clinics with a top voice specialist
  • Your own private voice production session

Have fun at the in-house cabaret:

  • Perform a musical item, recitation, sketch parody or anything you like whether on your own or with others
  • Or just enjoy the talent on offer in the very informal show

Join in other activities during your free time, such as:

  • On-campus evening entertainment
  • Swimming in the open air pool, tennis, fierce and friendly board and card games

Young student opportunity:

  • You can audition for a chance to sing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain
  • The winner receives a return trip to the UK to attend one of the NYCGB’s residential courses culminating in a public concert
  • It is possible that the Covid pandemic may mean it is not possible to travel, or that the NYCGB is not meeting. In that case, there will be no compensation for the winner of the scholarship.
Future Teapot Summer Schools

Mark your diaries!

14–23 January 2022 | Conductor Isaac Stone, Wellington NZ
13-22 January 2023 | Conductor Ebbe Munk, Denmark
12-21 January 2024 | Conductor TBA

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"I wanted to give people the opportunity to experience unimaginable beauty"
Carl Browning,
Teapot Summer School Founder