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Rotorua Accelerando Programme

    An exciting new vocal performance holiday programme will commence in April, run by the newly established Rotorua Accelerando Programme Trust. The Rotorua Accelerando Programme aims to provide first-class tuition in classical and musical theatre genre, providing vocal masterclasses, musicianship, stagecraft and performance opportunities for young singers.

    Student Liaison’s Ellis Carrington and Jordan Fonoti-Fuimaono for The Rotorua Accelerando Programme, both studying at the Waikato Conservatorium of Music, are touring Rotorua-based schools, promoting the programme to students from years 9 to 13. Students can apply to be a part of the programme with teacher recommendations, and depending on demand, may be asked to provide an audition via video submission. Following successful application selected participants will be provided with a unique learning opportunity and guidance on future pathways including university and further study options.

    Participants will not only benefit from vocal tuition, stagecraft but also educationally and socially, supporting participants to build connections and confidence.

    Rotorua Trust granted the Rotorua Accelerando Programme $10,000 to support the inaugural programme, which will run from 19th – 24th April this year.

    Twenty students will be selected to participate and a final performance at the end of the programme will debut the students and their talents.

    Rotorua Trust Chairman, Stewart Edward says the programme fits perfectly under the Trust’s vibrancy priority funding area and the Trust is proud to support the next up-and-coming musical stars.

    “Although in its infancy, the programme looks to benefit participants in a multitude of ways musically as well as socially. I look forward to seeing participants prosper with their talents.”

    Liz Carrington, Rotorua Accelerando Trust Chair says the funding from Rotorua Trust has enabled the programme to be delivered at a very low cost to the parents/caregivers of those selected.

    “The Rotorua Little Theatre are providing an umbrella function supporting this initiative by hosting the programme and supporting the fledgling Trust, something that we are especially grateful for. Without their backing and total support, I don’t think we could get this off the ground.”

    “We have received an incredible amount of community support for the Rotorua Accelerando Programme and we look forward to helping shape future superstars.” 

    Information ‘roadshows’ are being held on Wednesday 17th March to showcase what participants will get to experience during the week-long programme, as well as an insight into the industry and where it can take people.

    Remaining roadshows will be held for students at Rotorua Girls High School (10:30am), John Paul College (12:20pm) and Rotorua Boys High School (2:00pm).

    If you would like to attend one of these roadshows or learn more about how to apply, please reach out to Liz Carrington at

    Information flyer here and application form can be downloaded here.