Zoë Bennett

Zoe Bennett, Voice Teacher Nelson

Zoë Bennett


Classical, musical theatre, contemporary, world music, Aotearoa / New Zealand repertoire

BA Hons Music Major/Related Arts


Born in the UK, Zoë studied Music and singing. After graduating she went on a National UK Tour with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company and also sang with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, British Youth Opera, The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and Opera Holland Park.  Since moving to New Zealand in 2012 she became a member of The Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus in Christchurch and has sung in their productions of  Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and Carmen.

Zoë enjoys singing locally with Avid Opera, Chroma Chamber Choir and the Nelson Civic Choir and now works as an itinerant vocal teacher/Choral Director at Nelson College for Girls and Nayland College.

Skills and expertise

The aim of the Young Voices Choir will be to help young singers embrace performing all types of musical styles. The choir will be given opportunities to perform in public for the benefit of the wider community whilst helping the singers grow in confidence and gain performing experience.

When teaching choir, the key areas taught will be breath control, good posture, phrasing, diction, clear tone, dynamic shading, the ability to harmonise and sing in parts whilst encouraging students to connect emotionally to the repertoire.

Teamwork and having fun are very important. Teaching a healthy vocal technique for choral singing will be a particular focus for developing young voices.