About Me

Carol Shortis
Carol has been involved in singing for the last twenty years, in choirs and as a soloist. In 2008 she became assistant director of Wellington Community Choir, learning the craft of song leading from Julian Raphael. Nowadays, she directs a number of natural voice choirs in Wellington. Her latest project is The Whakaahuru Singers: a group that has been formed specifically to sing at the bedside of palliative care patients. She also presents workshops in world music and community singing.

She studied at the New Zealand School of Music, graduating with an MMus in composition in 2010. During this time Carol composed a number of original works for choir, and developed a passion for arranging songs from around the world. She is particularly drawn to English folk and Celtic-language music.

In 2012, Carol co-founded the Song Leaders Network Aotearoa, with Julian Raphael and is currently the treasurer for our organisation.

More information about her compositions and arrangements is available from SOUNZ, The Centre for New Zealand Music.


Wellington Community Choir
Carol is assistant director of the Wellington Community Choir, a large, all-comers choir that meets on Wednesday evenings at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre,11 Hutchison Road Newtown
Formed in 2009, Womansong is a group of about 20 women who sing music from Aotearoa and round the world in two and three part harmony. We are led by composer and arranger Carol Shortis and our assistant director is Lala Simpson.
Gale Force Gospel Choir
In August 2011, Carol began directing Gale Force Gospel Choir. They meet weekly in the hall behind St Andrews on The Terrace, Wellington (Mondays 6-8pm during term time).
The Whakaahuru Singers
The Whakaahuru Singers were formed in 2014 to sing at the bedside of people who are receiving palliative care or otherwise approaching the end of life. This may include those living in their own homes, hospice, hospital or residential care. The service will be delivered without charge to patients or their families
Lunchtime Singers
This is a casual, 'drop in' choir, so come along whenever you're able. Songs from around the world are taught by ear, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere - everyone is welcome to join in and no previous experience is required. Lunchtime Singing group is held during term-times on a Thursday at 12 noon, in the hall at St Andrew's on The Terrace.