Musical Directors


David Kay

David Kay has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Performance horn from the University of Auckland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Studies from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. In 2009 he made his conducting debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and has since regularly conducted various concerts with the APO. He has been the musical director of the North Shore Junior Orchestra since 2002, in 2009 became the musical director of the North Shore Youth Orchestra, in 2012 made his debut with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, in 2011 made his debut with the St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, in 2006 was a guest conductor for the University of Auckland Academy of Music, and is frequently asked to conduct rehearsals and workshops with local schools. He is Sub-Principal Horn in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and was Principal horn of the National Youth Orchestra from 2002-2004


Vanessa Kay

Vanessa Kay is the musical director of North Shore Voices which includes the North Shore Youth Choir, North Shore Children’s Choir, Con Brio and the North Shore Songsters. She is a music teacher at Westlake Girls’ High School where she conductes two of the school choirs, and is also an award winning conductor of Notables from Murrays Bay Intermediate at the 2017 Kids Sing competition. Vanessa completed a BMus(Hons) in Conducting and Musicology at the University of Auckland and a Postgraduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching at Dunedin College of Education. In 2011 she was an adjudicator at the Kids Sing and the Sing Down Under Festival, where she also adjudicated in 2012. She has previously been a guest conductor at the University of Auckland Academy of Music, and a conductor-in-training with the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir. Vanessa has sung in many choirs including the Auckland Chamber Choir, and from 2000 – 2007 she was a member of the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir with whom she travelled to America, Russia, Canada and Europe.