Kiri programe young singers soar
Posted on 5 November 2017
The inaugural Kiri Programme (2016-17) which was completed in July included five intense modules focused on motivational psychology, grooming, media training as well as business skills, language, acting and vocal development. Experts in their fields were brought in from overseas and around New Zealand.
The six singers responded well to the resources made available and credit The Kiri Programme for playing a large part in an impressive string of successful auditions, competitions and achievements.
Katherine McIndoe, Filipe Manu and Madison Nonoa have taken up £20,000 scholarships at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Eliza Boom won the 2017 Dame Malvina Major Foundation Christchurch Aria Competition and has taken up a masters’ degree scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Jarvis Dams won the prestigious New Zealand Aria Competition and the top award at the IFAC Handa Napier Performing Arts Competition.
Natasha Wilson and Madison Nonoa were cast in professional stage productions on both sides of the Tasman.
Filipe, Natasha and Katherine were semi-finalists in this year’s IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition with Filipe going on to win the competition and the coveted Marianne Mathy Scholarship. His prize included a A$30,000 study award, and the opportunity to audition for Lyric opera of Chicago’s professional-artist development program.
Natasha won the $5000 first prize at the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Dunedin Aria final and was a guest artist for two concert series with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.