President - Luke Noble
Luke joined the Christchurch Youth Choir in 2013 and has thoroughly enjoyed his time as a singing member within the bass section. In addition to CYC he has been interested and involved in the performing arts for over 15 years. His passion for music led him to study at the University of Canterbury where he achieved his Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in Digital Music and Recording Technology. He has also recently completed his Graduate Diploma in Teaching and is now working as a Mathematics Teacher at Cashmere High School. Luke co-owns and operates his own sound hire business; Southern Audio, and regularly oversees sound at weddings, formals, churches and conferences. Luke plays the guitar and enjoys watching the Blackcaps (especially when they win). He is excited about being elected President again for 2017 and looks forward to chairing a fantastic committee and guiding a wonderful choir into what will be our best year yet.
Vice-President - Caitlin Godfrey
Caitlin is excited to be continuing in the role of Vice President this year. Having been on the Committee as Treasurer since the Choir began in 2012, she has developed a great understanding of how things work, and how to wing it when they don’t. Being Treasurer for a new group meant working out and making up a lot of things as the Choir grew, which is a skill that has proven equally as valuable in the role of VP. Outside of CYC, Caitlin is an avid Recorder player (all nine of them), minecrafter, cupcake maker, and cat lover (all aspects of life which have helped her in choir too!)
Despite not being an active singing member of CYC, Caitlin is delighted to still be involved as the Choir marks its fifth anniversary, and moves onwards and upwards to new heights and experiences.
Secretary - Hamish Bates
In one way or another Hamish has been involved with singing throughout his life, from his love and passion of musical theatre, his brief flirtations with a garage band and various choirs across both halves of the country. While Hamish is from the North Island and for that he apologises, he has lived in Christchurch for 6 years, completing a BA honours degree in Psychology at the University of Canterbury last year. This is Hamish’s fourth year with CYC, having been recruited by several past and present members after MUSOC’s 2013 season of Little Shop of Horrors. Hamish has really enjoyed his time with the choir and singing second bass (even if he is a baritone) and the wide plethora of music that he has been exposed to. After participating in CYC’s tour of Brisbane last year and learning so much under the tutorage of the past and present exec, Hamish feels that he should pass on the knowledge that he has acquired to make him appear far more wise and majestic than he really is. He is also looking forward to a productive year with his fellow exec members and learning to not talk about himself in the third person.
Treasurer - Renee Julian
Over my time with the choir, I have been a student at the University of Canterbury completing my BA in Japanese and History, and most recently, my BA hons in History. I am currently working as an Optical Assistant, and music is my favourite way of winding down during the week. This is the start of my fifth year singing with CYC as a first Soprano, and I am so excited to be making a bigger contribution to the choir as a member of the committee.
General Executive - Anja Stork
Music connects people so after moving to Christchurch in 2014 Anja decided that auditioning at CYC was the best way of getting to know people sharing a similar passion. She joined the choir in 2016 and loves singing in Alto 2. Her passion for New Zealand started on a six-months exchange programme at Darfield High School in 2006. She used to be involved in Choirs and Orchestras in Germany, participating in several competitions and projects. In addition to singing, she plays the Clarinet and Tenor saxophone. In her free time, Anja loves trying out new Cafes in Christchurch, going to farmer’s markets or practicing yoga. She still follows her favourite football team Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. Being a trained teacher for English and History, she now is the Regional Manager for a New Zealand High School Exchange organisation enabling kiwi students aspiring to spend some time overseas.
General Executive - Jacob Keelty
Coming back to live in New Zealand after growing up in Hong Kong, Jacob arrived in Christchurch in 2013 and has enjoyed living and breathing music. Coming from a musical family, he has been around music all his life, and auditioned for the choir in 2014. Since then, he has enjoyed expressing his love of music and singing as a Bass, alongside with creating great relationships with his fellow choir members. He currently is studying towards his Bachelor of Arts majoring in Music and Education at the University of Canterbury. He enjoys jamming on the piano, playing basketball, is a very avid listener (does not speak up too much, unless when singing of course) and enjoys a cheeky beer here and there. Jacob is very excited to join the committee coming into this year, and hopes he can contribute as a general executive to the choir and the exciting years that are to come.