About the Music Team

Music Director – Philip Oliver


Philip is a born and bred Wellingtonian and has had a keen interest in choral singing since his time at Tawa College. When Philip is not singing he is studying towards a PhD in Engineering at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.

At Tawa College Philip sang in several choirs, including the award winning chamber choir Blue Notes and the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir. Philip has previously sung as a tenor in Wellington Youth Choir and currently sings with Orpheus Choir of Wellington, Tudor Consort, and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He also sings with other groups as a freelance musician. Philip’s other interests include playing squash and keeping updated on technology and advances in the space industry.

Accompanist – Nick Kovacev

Nicholas Kovacev is a Serbian-New Zealand pianist from Wellington, who in 2020 completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours at the New Zealand School of Music under Dr Jian Liu and David Barnard.

Upon graduating he was engaged as an Artist teacher and Accompanist at the school, and he is active in performing both solo and collaborative recitals, around the country.

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