Being Involved

Pitt Street Choir

Pitt St Methodist Church Choir has an established tradition of fine choral singing, boasting past direction from such accomplished musicians as Arthur Reid, Ron Dellow, Jill van de Geer, and Prue Bell.

Although the choir has followed the general trend of most churches today by having fewer singers in the ranks, there is still a devoted group of 8-10 singers for most Sunday morning services which swells to 15+ for special occasions such as Christmas and Easter.

Despite being a small group the choir regularly receives favourable comments and maintains a high standard of singing challenging and beautiful works from the traditional repertoire to modern composers.

We are fortunate in that the choir enjoys the membership of many young people, which gives the group great energy and dynamism, and a ‘young’ sound. We have many social functions such as dinners and BBQ’ in addition to the singing commitments.

The choir is always keen to welcome new singers and if you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the director, Robert Howell, mob 021 063 5862

Robert Howell (BSc, BHSc, Adv.Dip.Med.Herb, Grad.DipTchg (sec)) Choirmaster.

Robert was appointed choirmaster of Pitt St Church Choir in November 2002. Since taking up this post, Robert has striven to stretch the choir’s capabilities as much as possible, given the small numbers and challenged the group with such works as those mentioned above.

Robert is an experienced chorister having sung with many Auckland choirs such as Musica Sacra, Auckland Dorian Choir, University Singers, Auckland Youth Choir, Auckland Cathedral Choir, and currently sings with the choir of St Marks, Remuera for evensong services.

As well as directing the Pitt St choir, Robert conducts a number of school choirs, his Handel Consort & Quire, and has been invited to conduct a number of community choirs such as the Pakuranga Choral Society and the Franklin Community Choir.

Recently having qualified as a Natural Health Practitioner, Robert enjoys the balance between music and healing.

Robert also composes and teaches singing and piano at a number of secondary schools in the Auckland region.

Vocal scholarships

Each year vocal scholarships are offered for singers who pass an audition to sing with the Pitt Street Choir.

The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening and sings a service on Sunday mornings with a short rehearsal prior to the service.

Successful applicants will received FREE singing tuition for the current school year on the proviso they sing in the Pitt St choir for the year.

Pitt St choir is undergoing an exciting period of growth and activity as more talented young singers join us.  We sing a variety of repertoire from challenging and beautiful renaissance/tudor anthems to contemporary music.  Singing in a church choir reaps wonderful benefits of musicianship, sight-reading skills, ear-training skills, social interaction, and having great fun!

To apply, please contact choir director Robert Howell, mob 021 063 5862.

Pitt St Harmonics

Pitt St Harmonics is an informal group of singers and musicians who meet to practice and participate in worship services in an ad hoc manner.