Kevin F Tansley - Choir Administrator
Kevin joined the choir as a baritone or "First Base' in 1987 and by his own admission, 'loves every minute of it'.
The role of Choir Comptroller was established in the 1990s as a choir 'RSM' something that Kevin has done until March 2014 when he was elected Chair of the Choir.
Kevin has also been a choir soloist and Co Producer of some of our concerts. He took over the role of 'archivist' over 10 years ago and has developed an electronic record of all our songs sung, old programmes, photos etc. Specific singing highlights would have to be the two tours of Australia, singing at the entombment of the New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and very concert or performance in between!
Kevin is hugely appreciative of the fact that the choir administration is very much a team effort making the role of 'Chair' very easy. All those who do everything from putting the chairs out at night to producing concerts do so in such a friendly and willing manner it make the Dunedin RSA Choir such a wonderful choir to belong to
Rosemary Tarbotton Bio – Assistant Director
I am first and foremost a singer with over 40 years' experience in both choral and solo singing. I have performed in opera and in musical theatre, both as a soloist and chorus member, and have belonged to a variety of choirs, including The Red Cross Choir, City Choir Dunedin, Knox Church Choir, Southern Consort of Voices and Cantores Choir.
Some years ago I decided to try my hand at conducting and that summer I took part in the University of Otago summer school conducting paper. After this I was hooked! Since then I have obtained an Associate Diploma in Choral Conducting through the St Cecilia School of Music and have attended various schools and workshops.
I spent two years as Assistant Director to Anthony Ritchie with the Southern Children's Choir (2009-2011) and also four years as Director of The Melrose Singers (2008-2012). I have also on occasion conducted the Knox Church Choir.
I am a member of the Choral Federation Otago Branch and Coordinator for the Otago/South Canterbury Regional Big Sing, and last year was Assistant Coordinator for the National Finale of the Big Sing held here in Dunedin.
I am honoured and pleased to be the Assistant Director of the RSA Choir and hope you enjoy the concert. The men work very hard to bring you their performance and I thank them for their efforts.
Karen Knudson – Musical Director
Karen is well known to Dunedin audiences as a conductor and performer. She is a graduate of the University of Otago, with a MusB(Hons) and MA. At University she was awarded many academic prizes, including the best performance student.
Karen works as a conductor and teacher and has toured and with groups to Hawaii, Japan and Australia. Karen has recorded for Radio and Television New Zealand, and BBC Scotland.
2014 she is the conductor of 6 choirs in Dunedin.
Karen is Organist and Director of Music at Knox Church( 1997-), conductor of the Otago Boys High School Choir "Mandate" (1998-), and Otago Girls High School Choir "Southern Hesperides" , ( 2001-). These school choirs have been selected to attend the Big Sing Finale for 14 of the last 16 years under Karen's direction. In 2011 three of Karen's choirs were selected to be finalists at the National Finale of the Big Sing, which was a great honour and a significant achievement for the young people involved.
At Knox Church under Karen's direction, the choir produces a sung Mass at the evening service at the end of every month, a practice introduced by Karen to produce works which would otherwise not to experienced in the city, masses by Lotti, , Viadana, Vittoria, Casciolini, Schubert, Rheinberger, Dvorak, Britten etc. Karen has also produced many examples of the large choral repertoire; Faure's "Requiem", Bach "Wachet Auf, "Lobe den herren", "Jesu Meine Freude", Mozart "Requiem", Brahms "Requiem", Vivaldi's "Gloria", Mendelssohn's "Elijah", Haydn's "Creation", Handel's "Messiah", Haydn's "Mass in Time of War", Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" .Karen has also conducted Strauss' Die Fledermaus for Opera Otago.
Karen also conducts a children's choir, which sings as part of the Knox Church Choir. They perform regularly in rest homes, the Art Gallery, Railway Station and busking along George Street. Ages 5-13.
2013 Karen enjoyed the opportunity of working with St Kilda Brass as their conductor.
2014 Karen was appointed conductor of the RSA Male voice choir, a 54 member male choir.
Karen has three lovely daughters, Abby (19), Calla (17) and Ariana (12).
The men of the Choir are privileged and honoured to have Karen as our Musical Director, and based on the fantastic performances the Choir has managed to date, the future is looking extremely positive, and the choir gets even better, with more new songs, and at a high level of performance.