Our People


Musical director


Kate Bell

            Photo: Dominic Wilson

As the overall Musical Director for the All Together Now group of choirs, Kate selects the repertoire, usually in consultation with the other Choir Leaders, and arranges most of it herself, to suit the particular needs of our choirs.  

Kate leads the Hobsonville choir but is often at rehearsals for all of the other Auckland choirs, assisting the Choir Leaders and supporting our members.

She is a professional choir director, arranger, composer and singing teacher.  She returned to study at Auckland University in 2008, after a long hiatus raising her 3 children and teaching Suzuki-method piano, as well as high school music and drama.

With Steven Rapana, she founded Volcanic City Voices in 2012 and worked with that choir until it became part of the Everybody Sings Group in 2017. Kate co-founded Everybody Sings and was a director until that organisation closed in 2021. She was also musical director of Stonefields Choir from 2013 until 2022, and of Sister Shout (a women’s choir based on Waiheke Island) from 2013 until the end of 2016.

Kate graduated in 2017 with a Masters in Music, majoring in composition and choral direction.  She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing and of the New Zealand Choral Federation Association of Choral Directors, and sang with the University of Auckland Chamber Choir from 2008 to 2020..  

She returned to study yet again in 2022, undertaking a PhD. Her research will investigate the experiences of community choir singers in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the development of their choirs since settlement. 

As well as Musical Director, Kate is the Managing Director of All Together Now Ltd,  the business which manages all of the choirs.  

Choir leaders

Our Choir Leaders are an important bunch of people who have a combination of high-level singing and choral expertise plus a heartfelt commitment to make group singing accessible. We all meet together regularly to talk about our practice and bring whatever new ideas or learnings we have into the group, so that everyone benefits. This is a unique collaboration in the choral profession in New Zealand, and we all value it enormously.

Steven Rapana 



Steven is currently Choir Leader of Auckland Central Grey Lynn, Owairaka choirs and Auckland East choirs.  He also assists sometimes with the Fun-damentals choir for beginners. 

As well as his Choir Leader role, Steven is a valued advisor around repertoire, vocal pedagogy and Tikanga Māori. Kate and Steven work closely together, planning and conducting All Together Now performances and concerts, and share goals of mentoring and supporting other choral conductors to become community choir leaders. 

A New Zealander of Māori 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. 


Megan Flint 

Megan is the leader of our Taupō choir. 

She is a passionate teacher, choral singer and conductor. She began singing in choirs at 6 years old and believes there is nothing better than making music through singing with others. Megan is a past member of the New Zealand Youth Choir and University of Auckland Chamber Choir, and continues to sing with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir.

Megan completed her Masters degree in Choral Conducting through The University of Auckland, under the guidance of Dr Karen Grylls.  She has also studied with Grete Pedersen (Norwegian Soloists Choir, Norway/Norwegian Academy of Music), Elise Bradley (Toronto Children’s Chorus), and was selected as one of 12 international conducting students to work with Bo Johansson (Sweden) at the International Symposium on Choral Music (Copenhagen, 2008). Megan is currently working on her PhD, investigating the beliefs of classroom teachers around the teaching of music in New Zealand primary schools.  

Megan is the co-author of Hear Our Voices, a handbook for leaders of children’s choirs and was the Artistic Advisor for the NZCF Primary Choral Outreach aimed at developing singing in primary and intermediate schools across the motu. Megan is a presenter of the national workshop series Singing Matters for the New Zealand Choral Federation and a national conducting mentor.  She is on the board of the Association of Choral Directors (ACD) and Music Education New Zealand Aotearoa (MENZA).

A Taupō resident since 1996, Megan loves contributing to the music scene in Taupō.



Catherine Oxenham

Catherine can be found learning from and supporting Kate at Hobsonville choir, and also as a key member of the team at some of our bigger events.  

She is founding Musical Director of Gloriana, the girls' choir at Mt Albert Grammar School. 2023 has seen her undertaking a year of Choral Conducting study with the New Zealand Children's Choral Academy under Dr Karen Grylls.  

Despite having a lifelong relationship with music, her first career choice was Occupational Therapy, which she practised both in New Zealand and the UK.  In 2016, she moved to explore all things musical, completing an ATCL in Performance Piano in 2018, and is currently working towards an ATCL in Performance Singing, studying under Fay McNeil.

Catherine's work facilitating musical engagement was recognised by the Institute of Registered Music Teachers, which awarded her Affiliate Membership in 2018. She has been Chairperson and event organiser at the West Auckland Performing Arts Competitions since 2016, and worked in a variety of roles for Trinity College of Music.  She is currently on the committee for Auckland Art Song and Lieder, where she is a regular performer.

All Together Now's values of providing a safe, smart, fun place to engage in music-making attracted Catherine to become part of our team in 2021.  She is a whole-hearted believer that life is better with music in it,and loves helping people unlock the power of collaborative singing.


Keani Taruia-Pora

Keani is Choir Leader of Auckland East, but currently on leave for 2023, while she settles into her demanding new teaching role.

Keani’s cultural background has played an important part in her musical upbringing.  Being of Cook Island descent, her cultural views and passion around Pacific music have paved the start of her musical journey, ultimately influencing a new love for Western music.  Keani began singing at a very young age, taking part in many cultural singing practices and admiring the voices of role models in her family and community.  

Keani is a graduate of the University of Auckland with her Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in Classical voice and minoring in Conducting.  Keani is a practising solo performer and chorister, currently singing with the New Zealand Youth Choir and NZ Opera Chorus as well as being an alumni of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, Auckland Youth Choir and Auckland Chamber Choir.  Keani has recently started her career as a high school teacher, working with singing and choirs. In addition, she works as a singing teacher, choral director, and vocal coach for various schools and community choirs across Auckland.  In 2022, she achieved her Diploma in Teaching. 


Administration and membership


Mylene Coordes - Administrator

Mylene is Kate's right-hand person and looks after all queries regarding membership.  She is your first port of call with any enquiries or issues. 

She also liaises with all of the venue teams, to ensure that all the rolls are up to date and so that our greeters can welcome our visitors and new members. 

You will also see Mylene organising and facilitating at our concerts and other events, as well as singing in the Auckland East choir.




Now and then...


Claire Caldwell - vocal coach

Claire worked with Kate for Term 1 of 2024, establishing our new Fundamentals Choir, and is now working on her many other projects, but is available for individual coaching sessions. You can contact her direct here: claire.musicatalyst@gmail.com or on 021 373 836

Claire was for many years the Performing Arts Manager and Director of Choral Music at Dilworth School, where she curated the next generation of musical talent. Throughout her career she has been privileged to work with the country's finest operatic talent both in the rehearsal room and on the concert platform.

Her work at the University of Auckland, Dame Kiri te Kanawa Foundation, Auckland Opera Studio, New Zealand Aria Competition, NZ Opera, and her private coaching studio at home led to her making her mark as one of the country's most sought-after coaches and accompanists, exclusively in collaboration with singers.

Her real passion, however, is working with those who feel that singing is out of their reach, and helping them to find their voice. Her belief is that everyone can sing, and that the power of the voice can lead to transformative and healing experiences in other areas of life.

Diverse career highlights include: 

  • training a youth choir for the Aroha Nui concerts in 2019 which raised over $3 million for those affected by the Christchurch tragedy
  • training the choir for Sol3 Mio's arena concert in March 2021, and accompanying them in concert and recordings
  • students winning the Lexus Songquest and going on to international careers
  • providing the choir for Six60's record-breaking stadium concert in 2019
  • training the choir for the Andrea Bocelli concert at Spark Arena in 2008

Esther Wu - Choir Leader Locum


Esther completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Auckland in 2021. She began learning the piano at the age of six after hearing, sobbing, and concurrently interpretive dancing to Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata. Musicking has since been a vital part in the way Esther engages with and gives back to her community.

 She has arranged music for various high school and community ensembles, accompanied choirs and instrumental music exams, enjoyed singing at rest homes with her peers, directed the String Ensemble at Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, appeared as a guest conductor for the Devonport Chamber Orchestra, and loves playing in the cello section of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (ASO). Esther has also performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the ASO in a packed Auckland Town Hall.  In 2021 Esther conducted the Howick Everybody Sings choir, taught the piano and the cello at Remuera Music School, and sang in the Auckland Chamber Choir. 

Esther began her studies at the University of Auckland School of Medicine in 2022, but we are delighted that she will still be available to assist where needed and to take a “locum” role if we have regular choir leaders absent.  And it's always fun to have her along on our annual Christmas busking performances, too!


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