Meet our Conductor: Tim Carpenter, & our Tutor Team

Tim Carpenter: Conductor – Waikato Senior Youth Orchestra.

We are thrilled to be welcoming Tim as our conductor in 2018.

Timothy has recently gained his Masters of Music in conducting with first class honours. He holds a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Cello with Distinction, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Waikato and an Honours degree in performance organ from the University of Auckland. He has been a member of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, the New Zealand Youth Choir and is currently a member of Voices New Zealand.

As well as at University, Timothy has attended conducting master classes overseas and worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In the past he has conducted the Auckland Youth Orchestra, OPUS Chamber Orchestra, the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and directed the orchestras at St Kentigern Collegiate.

Currently, Timothy is Director of Vocal and Choral Music at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton and Musical Director of Hamilton Civic Choir. He also works as a freelance accompanist, vocal coach and is guest conductor with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, the  Devonport Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ and Opera Otago. This year is Timothy is the Musical Director of Hamilton Operatic Society’s production of Mary Poppins.


YOW has a team of wonderful tutors who are involved in rehearsals and take our sectional workshops.

Tutors play with at least one other orchestra in OCT, and are current teachers of their specialist instrument.

Strings – Catherine Polglase  and Chris Nation

Large Strings – Anne-Marie Simpson

Brass – Jody Thomas

Woodwind – Keith Rogers

Percussion – Alison Littler

HCCM Sinfonia (our associated Junior Orchestra) is conducted by  Oliver Barratt who also conducts Rusty Players)



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