Our music director
“I’m motivated by the belief that music is the greatest way to unite, share, inspire, grow, learn and express the human condition. I am inspired by making music more accessible for both audiences and performers through understanding and enjoyment.”
Brent Stewart was appointed as our Music Director in 2014. He also currently serves as Head of Music at Wellington East Girls’ College, sub-principal percussionist of Orchestra Wellington, and Assistant Director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir. At the end of 2016, after ten successful years, he left his post as Music Director of the Hutt Valley Orchestra.
Brent studied at Auckland University,Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand School of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Classical Performance alongside a Graduate Diploma in Education.
Brent has extensive experience performing and touring both nationally and internationally. He has performed and recorded as a concerto-soloist (percussion) with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonia. He regularly performs with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and New Zealand Opera.
What the choir say
“I’ve been led by conductors in Europe, USA and now NZ and Brent is my favourite! He brings a mischievous professionalism to rehearsals that creates an environment that’s fun and focussed on artistic excellence at the same time, That’s not easy to do.”
“I love Brent’s unrelenting positiveness and enthusiasm for music….also his constant praise of the choir. It brings out the very best in each of us.”
“Amazing, always fun, positive and full of energy. Gets the best out of the choir.”
“I usually go home with a smile on my face and that’s important. Making music must be an enjoyable experience.”
Brent is the reason I come to choir and I don’t mean that in a creepy way!!! I love his positivity, humour, extraordinary talent and confidence in us. We shine in an inclusive way under Brent’s directorship. He has my total respect for his dedication towards us and his total professionalism.”
making music accessible
People say they get more out of the music when they know a bit about it, so I always give a pre-concert talk. Here’s one I made about the wonderful Duruffle Requiem we performed a couple of seasons ago. It was an amazing night!