We offer a range of scholarships for young people.

Young people’s subsidised places

In order to make the Teapot Summer School more accessible to young people, up to 12 scholarships are made available for people aged between 15 and 23 at a subsidised rate. Click here for details of price packages.

The Ruth Vause Scholarship

Given each year by her husband in memory of a long-time Teapot Summer School singer, this scholarship goes to a young person who shows promise musically and who is thinking about further studies toward a musical career. The Summer School trustees select the recipient from among the applicants for the subsidised places and the award is presented by Jim Vause early in the week.

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain scholarship

This is offered by the trustees with the generous support of the Nelson Building Society and enables the recipient to attend a week-long residential course of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain culminating in a public concert. Recipients have the choice of a course run over Easter or another one run during the UK autumn.

  • Age and standard qualification

This is open to participants aged between 17 and 22 who, in the opinion of the judges, are at a sufficient standard in their development that they will be able to join with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain feeling comfortable and not out of their depth. The scholarship is not awarded if that standard is not met.

  • Value of the scholarship

The scholarship covers all expenses, international flights, insurance, course fee and accommodation during the NYCGB course. The recipient is met on arrival in London and taken to the course venue and back to London for the flight back to NZ.

  • Auditions and selection

Auditions are held on site on the Thursday afternoon of the Teapot Summer School week. The selection panel consists of the Summer School conductor, the vocal coach and one or two trustees of the NZCCO trust.

Previous recipients of the NYCGB scholarship
Julian van Mellearts | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2006 | Julien van Mellaerts

Julien studied at Otago University and the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music and has won a number of awards – most recently the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. New Zealanders will be able to hear him as Schaunard in La Boheme in late 2018 and on tour with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2019.

Daniela Rosa | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2008 | Daniela Young (now Daniela Rosa)

After studying with Jenny Wollerman and completing a BMus in classical voice performance, Daniela toured NZ singing the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Now living in Melbourne, she is loving performing with a successful jazz band and teaching voice to all ages and levels.

Matt Wilson | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2011 | Matt Wilson

Since receiving the scholarship in 2011, Matthew completed his Masters in Education and studied privately with Judy Bellingham. After teaching for a while he went to Kansas City, Missouri, to study with Vinson Cole, tenor. A year later, Matthew attended the prestigious Aspen Summer Music Festival, where he sang the role of ‘La Theiere’ (The Teapot!) in their production of ‘L’enfant et les sortileges’. Since then, Matthew has been teaching in Doha, Qatar and will soon move to Moscow to teach music and study privately, with the goal of becoming part of the Bolshoi theatre opera chorus.

Jontee Bowater | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2012 | Jontee Bowater

After two years in London with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Jontee is now based in Berlin. He is currently composing with fellow ex-Teapotter Andrew Baldwin under the musical name “litany duo”. They perform avant garde song cycles around the city and are looking to continue to develop further as a duo.

Sam Bennett | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2012 | Sam Bennett

After receiving the scholarship, Sam travelled back home to the UK to sing with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and performed with them at the historic Coventry Cathedral. Sam then took his music to Japan, where he appeared on the televised singing competition show ‘Nodojiman! The World!’ which was broadcast to its highest ever ratings. After returning to New Zealand, Sam graduated with a degree in Information Technology and now works full time in this industry, but he is still passionate about music and occasionally performs as a soloist.

Suyen Rae | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2013 | Suyen Rae

Suyen completed a Bachelor of Music with Honors at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore on full scholarship, where she worked with many vocal tutors and collaborative pianists, including Roger Vignoles, Sumi Jo and Masaaki Suzuki. She has also since attended summer schools such as Oberlin in Italy, Songfest at The Colburn school, the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Voice program and the New Zealand Opera School. Suyen has moved to Melbourne with the hope of continuing her singing and pursuing further musical studies in Australia.

Olivia Sheat | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2014 | Olivia Sheat

Since completing a BMus(Hons) in Classical Performance Voice with Jenny Wollerman, Olivia reached the finals of the NZ Aria competition and was named a Dame Malvina Major Scholar in 2017. She has sung in the chorus and covered for a principal role with NZ Opera and sung the role of Cherubino with Eternity Opera Wellington. She has also had several engagements as soprano soloist at various events in the Wellington region.

Manase Latu | Scholarships | Teapot Summer School
2016 | Manase Latu

New Zealand born Tongan, Manase Latu is an alumnus of the University of Auckland graduating with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Classical Performance Voice. In 2017, he was invited to join the Singer Development Programme run by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Manase is also one of the Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artists for 2018 under NZ Opera. He is now looking to move overseas for further vocal studies. STOP PRESS July 2018: Congratulations to Manase who was one of the five finalists in the 2018 Lexus Song Quest and while he was not placed in the final three his fans at Teapot Summer School are sure he will be next time!

2018 | William King

Will is currently in his 4th year of studies at NZ School of Music in Wellington under James Clayton and Margaret Medlyn. In 2018 he is involved in several exciting projects, beginning with Michael Parmenter’s OrphEus: A Dance Opera. He is singing for the opening of the Nelson School of Music in their production of Handel’s Messiah, and is looking forward to playing the title role in a concert version of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in August. He also sings in the NZ Youth Choir and Voices NZ, the latter of which he is joining for a tour of Europe in November.