Governance & Management

Meet the team behind the choir

Laurie Kubiak - Chairperson

Terence Maskell - Director of Music


The Graduate Choir NZ is a charitable trust ("The Graduate Choir NZ Trust") and is administered by a Trust Board and a Management Team.  It is a member of the New Zealand Choral Federation.

The Graduate Choir NZ Trust 

Chairperson - Laurie Kubiak     

Laurie is CEO of the NZ Institute for Economic Research, and an experienced leader in several fields: in business, music (he is a trained baritone and has won international prizes as a composer) and arts administration. We are fortunate to have someone of his standing and capabilities to lead our governance body. In addition, Laurie has strong South Auckland roots having been raised in Mangere and schooled at Otahuhu College. 

Other members of the Board of Trustees:

Secretary - Norman Firth
Treasurer - Robert Faasse
Trustee -  Michael Leightley

Contact Person for the The Graduate Choir NZ Trust is Norman Firth - Secretary

The Graduate Choir NZ Trust
2/16 Zion Road
Auckland 0626

Phone (09) 418 5245

Ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees are the Chairperson of the Management Team, the Resource Development Coordinator and the Director of Music. 



The Management Team members work on behalf of The Graduate Choir NZ on all management and operational matters such as performances, events, promotion and communication. This team works closely with the Director of Music and the Resource Development Coordinator. 

The Graduate Choir NZ Management Team

Melissa Absolum (singer)

Elizabeth Collins (singer)

Emma Gavenda (singer)

Julia Jackson (singer)

Danny McDougall (singer)

Terence Maskell (Director of Music)


Julie France


Resource Development Coordinator - Robyn Haydon -