Blaire White : Master of Music (MMUS)
Soprano, Blaire White is currently studying a Masters in Music specialising in performance voice. Blaire holds first class honours in Performance Voice, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Opera Studies, from the University of Waikato. She is a current member of the New Zealand Opera Freemason Chorus. National competitions have seen Blaire awarded first place for her Maori Song in the under 21 section of New Zealand Aria competition, as well as first place in the under 21 Lieder class, second in the Own Selection and Oratorio classes, and third place in the Folk or Traditional class. She is also a past winner of the New Zealand Under 18 Aria Competitions. Regional competitions have seen Blaire win Waikato Young Singer of the Year (2015) and the Norah Howell Premier Recital Class (2015). Due to her results in regional competitions she was nominated to represent the region at the Performing Arts Competitions (PACANZ) in both 2014 and 2016. She has participated in both New Zealand Opera School (2015) and New Zealand Singing School (2011, 2013, 2017). Blaire was honoured to receive the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal in 2016. Blaire was a recipient of the Step Higher award in 2014, which saw her travel to Nepal in February 2015. Blaire was able to witness firsthand the positive difference Sir Edmund Hillary made for the Nepalese people, and has been inspired to support the Himalayan Trust through this experience. She has organised and performed in many fundraising concerts around the Waikato to raise money for the trust, and encourages all Hillary scholars to promote this cause. Throughout her study Blaire has performed in the University Opera’s, past roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart, 2016), Charlotte in The White Lady (Griffiths, 2014), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart, 2013) and Sharon in the world premiere of The Auction (Jennings, 2013). Blaire has also performed at Waikato Graduation ceremonies, Waikato University Alumni events, and the Waikato Blues awards. Blaire was awarded a University Blues award for excellence in the performing arts in 2013 and 2014. She has been invited to join the Golden Key society due to her high grades throughout her tertiary study (top 15% of faculty) and was offered an Arts Waikato Scholarship. Blaire enjoys performing with community music groups in the Waikato, and travelled to America with the Waikato Rivertones to compete at the International Barbershop Competitions in 2012. Her involvement with local musical theatre companies (Musikmakers and Hamilton Operatic) has seen her perform the roles of Josephine in HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan), Maria in West Side Story (Bernstein), Liesl in Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein) and the chorus in Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd Webber) and Miss Saigon (Schönberg). Blaire has appeared as a guest artist at concerts with the Hamilton Brass Band and events at the Hamilton Gardens. Blaire is a past student of Sacred Heart Girls College Hamilton, where she was Arts Leader. This role saw her develop and lead a school Glee Club, as well as organising various events throughout the year to promote the arts. At school, Blaire was awarded Performer of the Year, as well as top scholar awards for excellence in Music, Drama, English and History. Blaire has been the Student Representative on the University of Waikato Cultural Committee since 2013. She is currently instigating the “Campus Pianos” project, which will promote music and culture through installing decorated pianos outdoor at the Waikato Campus. Blaire also works as a Student Ambassador for the University, and teaches singing and drama to children and young adults around the Waikato.