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Marie Brown: Music Director 2005 - 2013




Marie Brown, M.Phil. (Music)

Marie has a Master of Philosophy (Music) majoring in violoncello performance, a BA in French and Music, ATCL Piano Performance and a Diploma of Teaching.  Her work in the Primary sector as Music Director of Artsplash 2002 to 2005, as a secondary school teacher where she directed award-winning choirs in The Big Sing, as the inaugural Music Director of the Wellington Youth Choir, as Deputy Conductor of the Orpheus Choir and Music Director of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 2006 bears witness to her success in making music with all ages and abilities.

When not conducting, Marie has been involved in things French.  Following her three years as President of the Alliance Française de Wellington, in 2006 she was awarded the prestigious Palmes Académiques by the French Government, and in 2010 she was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.  Last year she formed the Alliance Française Voix de femmes, a women's choir with a special interest in French and New Zealand composers.

Marie is a Director of the Board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Since her appointment as Music Director of the Kāpiti Chorale in 2005, the choir has flourished, advancing in standard and repertoire.  In the progression from strength to strength under Marie's leadership, the choir enjoyed the challenge of exciting contemporary works such as Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and Stabat Mater, and the entertaining 100 Years of Broadway, whilst also excelling at traditional sacred music and opera choruses.  In 2011, the choir was filmed by TVNZ Praise Be, accompanied on organ by Peter Averi, resulting in four accomplished recordings.  A professional recording was made of the choir's performance in May 2013, a 30th Anniversary Tribute concert to Peter Averi, featuring Mozart's Mass K. 317.  The choir is justifiably proud of this CD production, a lasting testimony of Marie's cherished legacy with the Kāpiti Chorale.

Relocating to Auckland, Marie conducted her final concert with the Kāpiti Chorale in August, 2013.  At the reception afterwards, she was warmly farewelled, and most deservedly, Marie was awarded Life Membership to the Kāpiti Chorale in recognition of distinguished achievements, skill, and inspiration as Music Director.  

On Queen's Birthday 2014, Marie was most deservedly awarded Member New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.  The Kāpiti Chorale is thrilled to acknowledge and congratulate our former Music Director.