About David

David Squire (MMus (Hons), PGDipMus, BMus, DipTchg) is one of New Zealand’s most prominent choral conductors, and Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir. A founding member of the New Zealand Association of Choral Directors, he is also a national conducting advisor for this organisation.

David completed his music qualifications at the University of Auckland, with an emphasis on conducting and composition. He studied singing with Isabel Cunningham, Glenese Blake and Beatrice Webster, and conducting with Karen Grylls and Juan Matteucci. He has sung with many top choirs in New Zealand, including the Auckland Dorian Choir, University of Auckland Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He was also a founding member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the V8 Vocal Ensemble.

David was appointed Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir in 2011, and has taken the choir on two overseas tours. The first was to USA and Canada in 2013, where the choir participated in an acclaimed performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and then sang concerts in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York and Washington, DC. The second tour in 2016 included performances in Singapore, Europe and the UK. Highlights of the tour included singing high mass at Notre-Dame in Paris, as well as concerts in Oxford, Windsor Castle, London, Ely and Cambridge. The choir also participated in the International Festival of Academic Choirs in the Czech Republic, winning a gold and first place in all four categories entered, as well as a special prize for outstanding vocal culture; the choir then went on to win the Grand Prix.

David has taught music in secondary schools for more than 25 years, directing choirs, orchestras and bands, including many groups that have won local, national and international awards. His mixed-voice chamber choir from Rangitoto College, The Fundamentals, won the platinum award at the 2008 Big Sing Finale in Wellington – the first time a mixed-voice choir achieved this. The Westlake Symphony Orchestra has won a gold award at every KBB Music Festival for more than fifteen years, and also won every award for the best orchestral performance of a New Zealand work for eight consecutive years. In July 2014 the orchestra won first equal prize at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna. His choir from Kristin School, Euphony, was placed third in the open female choir competition at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, in July 2013. As a freelance itinerant teacher, David teaches in several secondary schools and also takes workshops and professional development courses throughout the country.

David has been the assistant musical director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, founding musical director of the Auckland Youth Big Band, chairman and administrator of the KBB Music Festival, and a live performance reviewer for Radio NZ Concert. He is often involved in session and recording work, particularly as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician and singer, including a tour with George Benson as backing vocalist in 2010. He was the choral adjudicator and clinician at the Rhapsody Rotorua festival for four consecutive years. He presented workshops at the 2009 Sing Aotearoa Festival and the 2010 International Summer School of Choral Conducting, where he was a mentor and tutor. In 2011 he directed training workshops for choirs singing the anthems at the Rugby World Cup, and then conducted anthem choirs at seven matches. In 2012 he was a mentor and workshop presenter at the inaugural ACD Choral Connect convention.

In March 2011 he was awarded a New Zealander of the Year Local Heroes Medal for services to music education.


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