Steph   News   May 10, 2014  

2014 Associate Artist Winner

Young soprano Eliza Boom, of Hamilton, is the winner of this year’s Hamilton Civic Choir Associate Artist Award.  The annual Award was created in 2006 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the choir, with the aim of encouraging and supporting the development of talented young musicians and has in the past been awarded both to singers and instrumentalists.   The winner receives a scholarship and the opportunity to perform with the choir in at least two concerts.  This year the applicants were all singers, five in number, who performed songs of their own choice for a small audience and the panel of adjudicators on Saturday May 10th.

Eliza is one of a family of six children born and home-schooled in Hamilton to parents who regularly travelled around NZ singing in churches. As the children grew they were added into the family band, with Eliza making her stage debut at just 3 years old!  Eliza says the group has often been referred to as the ‘von Boom family singers’. This upbringing cultured the musicality of the children and provided valuable stage experience.

Eliza began piano lessons at age 5, and formal singing lessons at 15 after the family moved to Whangarei.  In 2012 Eliza decided to make music a full-time career and began a Bachelor of Music degree at Vision College, Hamilton, studying under local voice tutor Ian Campbell.

In the summer of 2013 Eliza attended the NZ Opera School to work with Professor Paul Farrington and other voice coaches in an intensive setting.   She was a finalist in the 2013 NZ Aria Competition and winner of the Regional Aria award; achievements she rates as the highlight of her career so far. 

Eliza is currently working towards her LTCL qualification, entering more competitions and building a performance career, while finishing her degree and teaching singing and piano to support herself. Plans for the future will most likely include further study in performance next year and eventually lead to achieving a Masters degree overseas.

Eliza says “Being selected by the Hamilton Civic Choir to receive this Associate Artist Award is an honour and I am excited to be given the opportunity to sing with the choir. Music is a part of me and to be able to sing, whether in my room or in a cathedral is the utmost privilege. My greatest wish is that the music I make will bring even a little of the joy it does me to those who hear me sing.”

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