AKO PUORO – Presenters



Michael Endres – Keynote Speaker



German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner.He studied in Germany and the US, was Professor of piano in Germany (Koeln and Berlin), Norway (Oslo) and New Zealand (UC, Christchurch). 

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Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence’s career in music and media spans more than four decades as radio and television presenter, writer, recording producer, artistic director and public speaker.

He is currently President of the Baroque ensemble Van Diemen’s Band, Artistic Director of Sydney Youth Orchestras, and a Board Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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Julia Fredersdorff

Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff teaches baroque violin at the conservatoriums of Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.

She performs regularly as concertmaster for the Orchestra of the Antipodes and is the Artistic Director of the Tasmanian baroque ensemble, Van Diemen’s Band.

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Donald Nicolson

Donald Nicolson is based in Melbourne and teaches historically-informed performance practice at the University of Melbourne.

He is a prominent figure in performance and research of the music of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe, and in high demand as a keyboardist, composer, and arranger.

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Maria Kapa

Maria Kapa

Maria grew up in Rotorua immersed in her culture and Maori performing arts. She completed a Bachelor of Music with Honors at Waikato University , majoring in ancient Maori instruments and vocal performance ‘opera’. She is trained in Kodaly and Orff and currently teaches music to children in grade 1 through to grades 7 and 8.

“It is my hope that you will discover the beauty that abounds in the music of the ‘tangata whenua’, people of the land and the whenua, the land itself.”

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Ludwig Treviranus

Wellington-born Ludwig Treviranus is of Samoan/German heritage and teaches piano at the University of Waikato.
Ludwig has presented recitals around New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, Florida, and has appeared with Hutt Valley Symphony, Wellington Youth, and Taranaki Symphony Orchestras. His collaborations include performing with NZ School of Dance and Sol3Mio. In June 2021, Ludwig recorded his compositions ’12 Fantasy-Etudes’ which were published in October along with ‘Urban Etudes’ and ‘4 Seasons’.


Robert Wiremu

As a composer/arranger, Robert has a particular interest in connecting Māori stories/New Zealand stories with the classical stage, particularly -though not exclusively- through Opera in the Pā (2008-16), as artistic advisor for Choirs Āotearoa NZ (2019-), and in his governance board role with the New Zealand Choral Federation, and as a trustee for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.                As a pedagogue, he is very interested in language to facilitate good storytelling via meaning and function, creating the Wiremu Vowel Clock as an alternate diction tool.Whether performing, teaching, or writing, Robert is an advocate for storytelling.

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Elisha Hulton

New Zealand born Samoan, Elisha Hulton, enjoys a busy career working as a Music and Pasifika Arts Teacher at Rotorua Boys’ High School.                        Elisha studied music at the University of Auckland and completed her Masters of Music with Honours at the University of Waikato. She is the recipient of various scholarships in her singing and teaching career, and in addition to her role at Rotorua Boys High School, works as a professional singer and music director of classical to modern musical concerts and shows.

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John Drummond

John Drummond was Blair Professor of Music at the University of Otago for over thirty years and is a composer and musicologist. He has also been a long-term member of the Cultural Diversity in Music Education Network and has given presentations on this theme at many conferences and seminars.
He is currently the government nominee on the IRMTNZ Council and is leading a project exploring how the Institute can better recognize musical and cultural diversity.


Leon Gray

Leon Gray operates a highly successful studio in Tauranga and is well known as a skilled musical director, composer and accompanist in and around the Bay of Plenty.

He has completed a BMus (Hons) dissertation focussed on adapting literacy teaching practices to classroom music teaching, Master of Education (First Class Honours) degree; and Master of Music (First Class Honours) degree, and has developed game and memory based ideas around music theory teaching  leading to the develpment of the ATOM programme and its illustrated resources.

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Megan Flint                                                    

Megan has a background in education and music, as both a primary school teacher/leader and music specialist. She completed her Masters degree in Choral Conducting through The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

She is a practitioner of Kodály-inspired music education, delivers classroom music programmes in schools and conducts a children’s choir for Project Prima Volta in Napier.

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Reverend Rona M. Halsall 


Rona Halsall

As an instrumental music teacher for over fifty years, pianist Rona Halsall continues her musical passion at Buller High School, in her private studio, and in the community of Westport. For over forty years she has been Trinity College London’s representative for Buller and the West Coast.
Ordained as an Anglican priest in the Buller region for twenty years, Rona is also very involved in ministry in her church, and especially in the wider community.
Together with her close family commitments, Rona enjoys a busy and fulfilling life in this beautiful area of the South Island.
Reverend Rona M. Halsall ONZM  LTCL  FIRMT  JP

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