Musical Director: Felicity O’Brien
Felicity was raised in Christchurch, studying singing privately and Composition at the University of Canterbury. She sang with the choir at St Michael and All Angels, the university chamber choir, Jubilate Singers and the NZ National Youth Choir. She moved to Wellington in 1987 where she completed an advanced diploma in singing at Wellington Polytechnic. Felicity sang with the chorus of Wellington City Opera and NZ Opera, and taught singing both as an itinerant and privately. In 2000 she took on the role of Musical Director of Northern Chorale, a community choir based in Khandallah, and conducted them for 11 years.
During this time she was married, divorced and remarried, and has five children, ranging in age from 23 to 11. She had a calling to ordained ministry and began studying theology. Felicity was ordained Deacon in the Anglican church in 2011 and completed her Licentiate in Theology with honours in 2014.
In 2016 Felicity and her family moved back to Christchurch where she works for the church and gardens for people. She has rejoined Jubilate singers, and comes to Schola Cantorum with excitement at exploring some unfamiliar repertoire, as well as passing on her knowledge of vocal technique.
When she is not gardening Felicity likes to read, watch the goldfish, and make patchwork.