Kāpiti Chorale Award in Vocal Performance
2022: Emily-Jane Stockman
Born in Lower Hutt and raised in Christchurch, I am a 21-year-old voice student going into my third year studying Classical Performance at the New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Jenny Wollerman and Margaret Medlyn. I've always enjoyed music from a very young age, and officially started singing lessons when I turned 9. At High School I was heavily involved in choir, barbershop and stage band, performing a wide range of genres. As a Year 13 student, a highlight was singing Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York, during our school’s music tour to USA. I was later awarded Cashmere High School’s ‘Arts Person of the Year’. During 2021, I took part in the Wellington Senior Vocal Competition and was awarded first place in both Oratorio and Musical Theatre categories. I enjoyed performing as part of the chorus for Orpheus in the Underworld produced by NZSM, and hope to pursue a career in Opera after graduation.
2021: Caitlin Roberts
Caitlin has recently completed her second year of a Bachelor of Music and Arts under the tutelage of Jenny Wollerman and Wade Kernot. Part of the chorus in multiple opera productions for Festival Opera between 2016-2020 including La Boheme, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, I Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana, Caitlin was also a chorus member in 2019 for the New Zealand School of Music’s production of Suor Angelica.
She has performed roles for the Hawkes Bay opera initiative Project Prima Volta (PPV); in 2016 as 'Belinda' in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, 'Damon' in the 2017 production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and in 2018 ‘Susanna’ from Le Nozze di Figaro in PPV’s opera scenes production, Scena. She has been awarded Second Place in the 18 & Under 21 Championship in the 2019 Wellington Senior Vocal Competitions and was the 2018 recipient of the Margaret Woodhouse Scholarship to aid her musical studies at Victoria University. Caitlin recently returned to Hawkes Bay in September to reprise the role of ‘Belinda’ for Project Prima Volta and Napier Civic Choir’s production of Dido and Aeneas, and is incredibly excited to be selected as the Kāpiti Chorale Vocal Award winner for 2021.
2020: LJ Crichton
New Zealand-born Samoan tenor Lila Junior (LJ) Crichton is heading towards his third year studying Classical Performance, majoring in voice at NZSM under tutor Margaret Medlyn. Prior to studying at Te Kōki he spent 4 years as a student in Festival Opera New Zealand’s youth initiative Project Prima Volta (PPV). Through PPV and Festival Opera NZ, LJ has performed roles such as the Sorcerer in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Le Dancaïre in Georges Bizet's Carmen and Goro in Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
Currently, LJ is rehearsing the role of Beppe for Festival Opera New Zealand’s 2020 production of opera’s most famous and spectacular pairing, Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci Last year, LJ was awarded the Deane Endowment Trust Special Jonathan Lemalu Scholarship to help further his studies at The New Zealand School of Music which gave him endless opportunities, such as forming a relationship with the Porirua-based Virtuoso Strings Orchestra and to learn and perform alongside them. LJ has recently been announced as the Kāpiti Chorale Vocal Award Winner and is very excited for what is to come, heading into the new year with the Kāpiti Chorale. He is very grateful for their generosity in helping him and other students excel in their studies in classical music.
2019: Michaela Cadwgan
2018: Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby
Alexandra Woodhouse Appleby
2017: Nicole Davey
2016: Joseph Haddow
2015: Olivia Sheat
2014: Katherine McIndoe
2013: Jamie Henare
2012: Thomas Atkins
Thomas Atkins in the August 2012 concert
2011: Amelia Ryman
2010: Imogen Thirlwall
Imogen Thirlwall, President Norma McCallum, Music Director Marie Brown and Amelia Berry