Amy Cottingham has been teaching, composing and performing music professionally for over 20 years. Her career in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA included organising and facilitating monthly variety concerts for 7 years, performing as orchestral pianist with two symphonies for 8 years, teaching self-developed workshops on music appreciation, running a full-time piano studio for 13 years, involvement in teachers organisations, accompanying musicals, choirs and recitals, performing solo and collaborative concerts, singing in choirs, and full-time work as a gigging pianist for parties, weddings, receptions, and corporate events.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance and a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting. She performs and teaches a variety of music, from ragtime and tangos to classical and jazz, including her own compositions, experimental music and popular music.

Distinguished choristers

Beverley Hicks (BA, ATCL) Mezzo Soprano, has been a dedicated member of Kowhai Singers for many years and presently serves as Alto section leader.

She has done solo work for a number of choral societies in the north from Whangarei to Tauranga, and has also sung solos for a number of  Auckland groups, among them Bach Musica and Handel Consort and Quire. She recently performed the alto solos in the combined Kowhai Singers/Pohutukawa singers productions of Elijah.

Beverley worked extensively with NZ composer, the late Dorothea Franchi, on her own works for house recitals, local concerts and the Auckland Lieder Society.

As a teacher of English for many years her love of language has led to a particular interest in early 20th century art song. Upon retiring from teaching she studied for and gained the ACTL (Performance) qualification with Distinction in 2004.

Susan Hayday (MusBac, FTCL and LRSM (Singing), ATCL (Piano)) Soprano, has enjoyed a busy musical life singing in choirs, operas, musical theatre, oratorios and recitals.

She studied singing in New Zealand and in Melbourne with Dame Joan Hammond, was a member of the Dorian Choir and sang for a number of years with Viva Voce.

An Associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand she teaches singing, piano and theory and enjoys regular adjudicating at vocal competitions.

Sue is musical director of a vocal group called Matakantata which she formed a few years ago and which is proving very popular with audiences. She has also conducted another choir, Pohutukawa Singers, based in Albany.

Susan's busy musical life means that only occasionally does she have time to sing with us these days, but when she does her support is very greatly appreciated.

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