A New Zealander of Maori and Samoan extraction, Steven is best known for his arrangements and compositions of Pacific choral music. Tracing his family lineage back to his ancestral lands of the Hokianga in the north of Aotearoa, as well as to the Samoan villages of Sāfune and Sāmauga in Savai'i, and Vailoa (Aleipata) in Upolu, he was greatly influenced by the customs and music of both cultures. In particular his childhood involvement in traditional Samoan church life, through the insistence of his maternal grandparents, meant that music, both religious and cultural, was always a feature of his upbringing.
A graduate of the University of Auckland in vocal performance and choral studies, Steven has arranged and composed music for many notable national choirs including the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He currently works as a singing teacher, choral director, language coach (phonology and languages for singers), a professional singer, arranger, and composer in and around New Zealand.
Sarah McNabb, Choir Leader of Everybody Sings - Howick.
Sarah has been singing in choirs since she was 8 years old, and loves bringing people together to sing in harmony. She directs choirs at Macleans College in East Auckland and has been director of the Howick Choir since its founding in 2017. Sarah has a degree in Music Education and Choral Direction from Butler University in the US. She also directs the Macleans College Chorale from East Auckland.
Originally from the UK, Jo trained as a classical singer and pianist from a young age. After gaining a BMus (Hons) in Vocal Performance and Diploma in Music Teaching from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London, she built a steady career as a music teacher, recording artist and live performer (recording for 'British Soul Standard', 'Guitar Hero' & many TV/advertising companies, and performing live in productions of 'Dirty Dancing', and for high profile corporate events across the UK). Jo also released 3 EP's and toured Europe several times as an original artist during this time. As a music teacher, she has spent the last 10 years teaching both privately and for a variety of music academies, leading choirs (London International Schools, Moorfields Hospital Choir, Voices on The Avenue, New Zealand Girls Choir) and arranging and leading backing vocal sessions for numerous recording artists.