Carol has been involved in singing for the last twenty years, in choirs and as a soloist. In 2005 she became assistant director of Wellington Community Choir, learning the craft of song leading from Julian Raphael. Nowadays, she directs a number of natural voice choirs in Wellington, including a women’s choir and a gospel choir. She also presents workshops in world music and community singing.
She studied at the New Zealand School of Music, graduating with an MMus in composition in 2010. During this time Carol composed a number of original works for choir, and developed a passion for arranging songs from around the world. She is particularly drawn to English folk and Celtic-language music.
In 2012, Carol co-founded the Song Leaders Network Aotearoa, with Julian Raphael and is currently on the editorial board.
More information about her compositions and arrnagements is available from SOUNZ, The Centre for New Zealand Music.
Wellington Community Choir – www.wellingtoncommunitychoir.org.nz
Womansong – www.carolshortis.com/womansong.html
Gale Force Gospel Choir – www.galeforcegospel.co.nz
Christoph, originally from the Rhineland in Germany trained at the Orff Institute in Salzburg as a music and dance teacher. Initially he migrated to Melbourne and worked in school, community and tertiary education. Christoph lead the community group Living Song, sang and recorded Georgian songs with the Caucasian trio Golden Fleece with Nino Tsitsishvili and Joseph Jordania, and was leader of the Brazilian choir Borboleta between 2006 and 2008.
In 2009 Christoph saw the light and came to Aotearoa. He now teaches music education at the University of Waikato and is especially involved with the Orff M Ed papers at the University. Christoph’s passion is community singing with a focus on singing by heart. Non-western music styles, songs with vocal loops with room for vocal improvisation, African, Afro-American, some Pacifica, Maori, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans are part of the repertoire he enjoys.
This is a Hamilton based community singing group. They meet every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm for some 90-minutes all out singing fun in the University’s faculty of education music rooms (near gate 5). Their repertoire ranges from Croatian to Gospel, from African to Swedish and there are times when the group members explore loops, vocal percussion and other improvisational pathways for singing.