Rowan Johnston


Rowan is a freelance conductor, adjudicator and choral clinician based in Auckland. He studied voice and composition at Victoria University and holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Auckland University with First Class Honours having studied with Dr Karen Grylls.

Rowan founded the Taranaki Youth Choir and the internationally-acclaimed Choralation Choir from Westlake Girls & Boys High Schools. Under his direction, Choralation won the coveted Platinum Award seven times in eight years at the NZ national choral festival (the NZCF Big Sing), making Choralation the most successful choir in the history of the festival. In 2014, Choralation was awarded 1st Place in the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival in Vienna where they performed in the Musik Vehrein.

During 2017 and 2018, Rowan directed the St Cuthbert’s College Auckland premier choir, Saints Alive. This choir gained a Gold award in both the 2017 and 2018 NZCF Big Sing National Finale. In 2019, he took up the position of Director of Choirs at Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland. He is Choral Advisor for the NZ Choral Federation. Rowan sings with New Zealand’s professional chamber choir, Voices NZ Chamber Choir.

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