2014, Olivia Sheat

Soprano Olivia Sheat is the recipient of the Kapiti Chorale Award in Vocal Performance for 2014/2015.  Originally from Blenheim, Olivia is a second year student at the New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Jenny Wollerman.  She has loved to sing from an early age and in 2012 she received the QEII Music Fund to help further her aspirations to become an opera singer.  In the same year she successfully auditioned for the New Zealand Youth Choir and joined them on their tour of North America in 2013.

She made the finals in the 2014 Aria Final of the Hutt Valley Performing Arts Competitions Society and won the Robin Dumbell Cup for singer with the most potential.  Also in 2014, she performed in the New Zealand School of Music's production of A Night at the Opera.