Author(s): Guy Jansen
New Zealanders love to sing together. Thousands of us sing in hundreds of choirsthroughout the country, making it our most popular and participated in performing art. Most of us have sung in school choirs, or participated in national competitions such as the Big Sing, and increasingly people are joining choirs as adults, recognising the benefits to wellbeing and the sheer pleasure of making music together.But the story of choirs in New Zealand is not just one of enthusiastic participation, it is also about striving for excellence, and achieving it. And it's not just about our greatsoloists finding international acclaim; national choirs such the Voices New ZealandChamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir have won international awards, and many others tour overseas.