Opera North has announced Hamilton's Blaire White as the New Zealand recipient of the 2018/19 Pettman DARE Fellowships in Music Education project management.
Starting in September the fully-funded programme, the only post-graduate diploma of its kind, provides early career professionals in music engagement with a year of practical experience in the Education department at Opera North and study at the University of Leeds.
Two Fellowships are awarded each year, one for a New Zealand citizen and one for an EEA citizen.
Waikato University music graduate Blaire is a soprano who wishes to spread her wings and develop a career which brings her closer to communities. She says “It’s a great opportunity for young professionals to learn more about how we use music to best engage with our local communities. I’ll be able to explore how Opera North is engaging and educating local communities in the north of England, how they’re demystifying opera and developing future generations.” When she returns to New Zealand, Blaire will work with New Zealand Opera, instigating a project based on what she learns in the UK.
Today, Blaire took the opportunity to catch up with 2017/18 Fellow Callum Blackmore who is wrapping up his time with the company before heading to New York's Columbia University to begin his Ph.D in Music. Callum has researched and developed a number of educational packs and proposals for community engagement in collaboration with the New Zealand Opera Education and Outreach team.
The Fellowships are fully funded through the generous support of Mrs Maureen Pettman and the late Professor Barrie Pettman through the Opera North Future Fund. The programme is delivered through DARE, a unique partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds in the UK, and in partnership with New Zealand Opera in New Zealand.