School of Music

Kiri Eriwata

Areas of Expertise: Popular music voice and songwriting, Music Industry Studies


New Zealand born songwriter Kiri Eriwata has released a number of contemporary radio singles diverse in genres of pop, folk, rock, urban Maori and soul.

Kiri also works closely with artists as a performance consultant and vocal teacher. Currently Kiri teaches Vocal Performance at The University of Auckland School of Music where she lectured for 5 years in Music Industry Studies and for several years co-ordinated large scale events such as the Songwriter of the Year Awards and the Music Map Seminar.  Kiri has also given a number of workshops on all aspects of vocal performance and arranging for students studying in the BMus Popular Music Programme at The University of Auckland.

In 2016 Kiri's songs were licensed to the television show 'Filthy Rich' and featured regularly on the Shortland Street series in 2015.

Her current release 'Na te kukune' is Kiri's first te reo Maori waiata. The collaboration with Kevin Mark Trail (The Streets, UK) is featured on iwi radio stations nationwide and still sits firmly in the Maori top 20 (Tumeke FM, 12/5/14).

The video of her single 'Get Back Home' graced the skies on Air NZ domestic flights for several years while Juice TV and C4 gave the single significant exposure. The track was scooped up by Amplifier where it stayed at number one for 7 weeks. Kiri's pop rock singles 'Why Won't You', 'Baby Come Round' and 'Hotel or Car' were recorded at Roundhead Studios with Neil Baldock and have featured on many local radio stations.

In 2011 Kiri performed on stage in the Auckland Festival production of ‘Ihimaera’ and later that year, at the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival singing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of ‘Witnessing Parihaka’, a semi-staged music theatre production. For the latter piece she was the vocal, stage consultant, and children’s vocal coach. These mixed media performances have inspired Kiri to cultivate skills in te reo M?ori with a focus on cultural aspects of producing music.

Kiri has collaborated on stage with The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and lends her voice to NZ and international artists including Bobby McFerrin (US), Leo Sayer (UK), Bonnie Tyler (UK), Hollie Smith, Che Fu, Jamie Cullum (UK) and Sarah Blasko (Aus).

Collaborating with Stephen Matthews, a waiata tangi was written in response to the recent New Zealand movie release ‘White Lies’ written by Witi Ihimaera. ‘Maru ana e’ was performed at The Waiheke Book Festival in November 2013 and received a moving response from Whiti and those who attended.

Previously, Kiri was a director for corporate entertainment group D.I.V.A, organising and performing corporate events extensively for 7 years. 


Ben Hoadley

Areas of Expertise: Bassoon, wind ensemble


A busy performer on modern and historical bassoons, Ben Hoadley has recently appeared as guest principal bassoonist in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has also worked with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, among others. Ben performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician throughout New Zealand and abroad and has recorded for Radio New Zealand, ABC, WGBH FM and Atoll. Ben’s strong interest in contemporary music led him to establish the "New Zealand Music for Woodwind" collective in 2009, which has resulted in many new works by established and emerging composers. Ben has also taught at the New Zealand School of Music, The University of Otago and The Hartt School of Music in the USA.  Ben is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia) and the New England Conservatorium of Music (Boston, USA) and has received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.


Michael Jamieson

Qualifications: MMus, BMus(Hons, 1st class), ATCL


Michael studied at the Messiaen Academy (Masters of Music) in The Netherlands and the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg in France with Johan van der Linden and Philippe Geiss respectively (made possible with the Patricia Pratt Scholarship and a Creative NZ study grant). He previously completed his Bachelors and Honours study at NZSM, Wellington. Michael is in demand as an orchestral and chamber musician, regularly working with such groups as the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rata Trio and Hanumi Saxophone Quartet. Michael is a D'Addario Woodwinds and Selmer-Paris Saxophones Performing Artist.


Dixon Nacey

Areas of Expertise: Jazz Guitar Tutelage, Improvisation, Ensemble Direction, Music Analysis

Qualifications: Graduate Diploma in Music


Dixon currently teaches guitar and takes ensembles at Auckland University. As a music teacher he has built a large following online through his YouTube channel which lead to the development and launch of what has become a very successful video tutorial based Jazz Guitar website

Dixon’s 20 year performance career has seen him perform with some of New Zealand’s top jazz & pop musicians as a sideman, leader and musical director. His guitar can be heard on a variety of albums and he regularly hosts guitar workshops throughout the country. Notable pop and jazz artists he has been fortunate enough to perform with include Nathan Haines, King Kapisi, Tama Waipara, Annie Crummer, Whirimako Black, Caitlin Smith, Roger Manins, Michel Benebig (New Caledonia) and Tim Hopkins.

He has recorded and released three jazz albums (in 2008, 2011 and 2013) with the ‘Samsom Nacey Haines Trio’, the first of which was a finalist in the 2009 Jazz Tui of The Year Award. He also leads his own jazz combos, manages and performs with ‘The Kingpins’ corporate band, plays a covers band circuit with ‘Black Salt’ and has recently been through USA, Canada, New Caledonia, Singapore, The Cook Islands and Thailand with his music.


Grant Winterburn


Grant Winterburn is one of New Zealand’s leading keyboard players. His wealth of experience across a wide range of musical genres has made him in demand as a musical director, pianist, accompanist, jazz organ player, session musician and music tutor. Grant has been an Artist Teacher at The University of Auckland since 2007. As a tutor, he draws upon many years of professional experience to encourage students to realise their potential and discover the art of improvisation.

As a musical director Grant has worked on many theatre productions including -The Pirates of Penzance directed by Raymond Hawthorne, Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris for Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts, Richard O’Brien - One Night Only, Cabaret directed by Michael Hurst for Auckland Theatre Company, Assassins directed by Oliver Driver for Silo theatre, RENT for Auckland Music Theatre, The Threepenny Opera directed by Michael Hurst for Silo theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee directed by Murray Lynch for ATC, Marlene starring Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Marlene Dietrich, The Rocky Horror Show directed by Simon Prast for ATC and eoff Sewell (Amici) NZ tour and concert DVD.

As a freelance keyboard player Grant’s credits include - Eye TV  “Fire Down Below”, Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Lady Sings the Blues, Mamma Mia, NZ’s Got Talent, Stars in their Eyes, Midge Marsden, Carly Binding, The Ladykillers, Jersey Boys, Cats, Anything Goes and Avenue Q.

As an accompanist he has worked with Richard O’Brien, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Helen Medlyn, Jackie Clarke, Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Annie Crummer to name but a few. He recently appeared on the CD “Ace Tone”  by Ron Samsom and the Neutrino Funk Experience.