About Me

Carol Shortis
Carol has been involved in singing for decades, 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, and Kapiti: Gale Force Gospel Choir, The Whakaahuru Singers (a group that sing at the bedside of palliative care patients), and the newly-formed Kapiti Community Choir. She also presents workshops in world music and community singing.

Since Term 2 2020 she has been developing her work online, using Zoom to keep people singing and connected during the Covid-19 lockdown. She is continuing to work online, experimenting with teaching whole choirs remotely, offering a new online singing group called Choir at Home, and thinking about mentoring song leaders and choirs from a distance.

Carol 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 continues to develop strong ties with song leaders around the world and believes strongly in honouring the source and tradition-bearers of the material we share with singers and audience.

In 2012, Carol co-founded the Song Leaders Network Aotearoa, with Julian Raphael and became Chair of our organisation in 2019.


Kapiti Community Choir
This choir started in August 2018. We sing world music and folk song in English and foreign language. We perform occasionally, but we're mostly about getting together and singing Carol's arrangements of songs that she loves. We meet on Tuesday evenings 7-8.30pm at Paraparaumu School Hall, we're a drop-in choir so come along any time you like.
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 is delivered without charge to patients or their families