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John Rosser

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A Step-by-Step-by-Step Guide to Resilience in the Arts

The concept of resilience has profound significance for an industry that often feels fragile. To be resilient is to be strong yet flexible, grounded yet optimistic, able to rebound yet also able to grow.

But what does being resilient mean for the choral world, its leadership, and management? This will be the focus of this session.

Meet John

John Rosser is the founder and musical director of the Auckland-based chamber choir, Viva Voce, which has performed in over 500 concerts throughout New Zealand. His impressive resume also includes the roles of the associate conductor and chorus director for New Zealand Opera, chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation, and artistic director of Sing Aotearoa.

John has directed a host of large choral events, including the 1000-voice choir at Auckland’s annual Starlight Symphony for 15 years, and has led two successful international bids: for the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music and for the World Choir Games 2024, both in Auckland, New Zealand.

John was awarded Life Membership of New Zealand Choral Federation in 2018 and was elected to the International Federation for Choral Music’s Board in December 2020.