International Schools Choral Music Society

David Squire

Choir Director & Chorusmaster
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DAVID SQUIRE: Music Director, New Zealand Youth Choir
MMus (Hons), PGDipMus, BMus, DipTchg


David Squire is one of New Zealand’s most prominent 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 and tutor, and a governance board member of the New Zealand Choral Federation.

David was appointed to the position of Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir in 2011, since when he has conducted them in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York, Washington DC, Singapore, the Czech Republic, France and the UK. David also took the choir to the Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice, Czech Republic, winning every category it entered, as well as the prize for outstanding vocal culture, and then going 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 including Platinum and Gold Awards at the NZCF Big Sing competition, and Gold Awards every year in Auckland’s KBB Music Festival. 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. He was the choral adjudicator and clinician at the Rhapsody Rotorua festival for four consecutive years. He presented workshops at the 2009, 2013 and 2016 Sing Aotearoa Festivals 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 2017 he was guest conductor of the mixed honour choir at the AMIS festival in Abu Dhabi, and in July 2017 he directed the choir for Neil Finn’s critically acclaimed album Out of Silence.

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