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.

Accompanist/Rehearsal pianist

Fiona Strathern has had a long association with Kowhai Singers. In the early days of the choir she served as  relief accompanist for the long serving Joy Reeves and had a brief stint as a chorister with the choir.

She has enjoyed an active involvement in Barbershop music, singing in champion choruses and a quartet.

Fiona was the accompanist for Matakantata Choir for 9 years.

Distinguished choristers

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 past musical director of another local choir 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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