The Margot Lloyd Scholarship is open to young singers and conductors who wish to develop their skills in choral music. The scholarship is typically valued at $1500 per annum. The North Shore Chorale offers up to two scholarships each year and is presently seeking applications from young male singers (tenor or bass) for the 2018 year.

Successful applicants will be required to sing in the North Shore Chorale for a period of one year. Singers will be guaranteed substantial solo performance opportunities, while conductors will receive valuable mentoring and conducting experience. Attendance at the majority of rehearsals will be required, although a small number of absences around school or university exam periods is permitted, should that be needed.

The Scholarship is normally paid in 3 instalments of $500.00 at the conclusion of each of the 3 concerts during the year (concert dates normally fall in May, August and December). In some instances a smaller amount may be offered, depending on the extent of the commitment required of the individual applicant.

2019 Margot Lloyd Scholar: Joshua Long

2018 Margot Lloyd Scholar: Luana Prictor

Luana discovered her love of choral singing in high school with the Key Cygnetures and Choralation choirs. From school choirs she branched out to other ensembles including the early music ensemble Age of Discovery, the 8-voice a cappella group Laudamus, and the National Secondary Students Choir. She feels privileged to have traveled extensively with choirs, including most recently to Europe with the New Zealand Youth Choir, where they won the Grand Prix at the 24th annual International Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Currently she performs with the Auckland Chamber Choir, Voices New Zealand, and the St Patrick’s Cathedral Vocal Ensemble.

Luana completed a Bachelor of Music in 2015, majoring in Classical Voice Performance, under the tuition of Dr Morag Atchison, and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours. For the past four years Luana has worked as a voice tutor and choral director in high schools around Auckland. Although much more accustomed to being in front of the conductor’s baton than behind it, she is excited for the challenges and thrills that musical directing can bring!

Previous Margot Lloyd Scholars

The founding conductor of the North Shore Chorale, Margot Lloyd QSM, retired in 2007 after 22 years as Musical Director. In honour of her many years of service to the Chorale, a scholarship fund was set up in her name. In its early years, the Margot Lloyd Scholarship was awarded to promising young singers as a lump sum payment to support their developing solo performance careers. Recipients of these scholarships included Joel Amosa, Elisha Fai-Hulton, Anthony Schneider and Elizabeth Mandeno.

Since 2015, the North Shore Chorale has sought to support young musicians with a particular interest in choral music, as well as individual performance. Recent recipients include Hannah Bryant (2015), Kelly Harris and Arthur Adams-Close (2016) and Luana Prictor (2017).