Coach Profiles

Kisena Asi - Certified (2018)

Kisena is based in Porirua, Wellington and is a member of the Vocal FX Chorus. His love of barbershop singing began in high school, singing with a quartet at St Patrick’s College, placing 3rd at the Regional contests.

Joining Vocal FX in 2005, Kisena has been a member of the bass section where he has been the bass section leader for 7 years.

He has competed in numerous contests with the chorus as well as competing in a number of quartets over the years. He has won 2 national titles with Revelation quartet and he has also won 2 gold medals in the mixed quartet category with Charlie’s Angels (2014) and Grand Central (2016).

Kisena is an experienced barbershopper who loves to help others find the joy in performance through musicality and belief in the message of the song. He was lucky enough to receive the BHNZ Scholarship to attend Harmony University in 2016 where he gained invaluable knowledge which he would love to share with others.

Kisena is happy to coach choruses and quartets of any level and is available most weekends, and is happy to work with each group to meet their needs.  

Henrietta Hunkin-Tagaloa - Certified (2018)

Henri is based in Wellington and has been involved in barbershop for 15 years. She started a YWIH quartet in 2002 at Wellington Girls’ College where she got her first taste of competition, winning the regional and national YSIH contests. In 2003 she joined Wellington City Chorus as a Sweet Adeline. She has been bass section leader and she is now a co-director. The chorus has recently won the national contest for the 4th time, qualifying them to compete in St Louis 2018.

Henri has competed in a number of quartets: Even Time who won the national title 7 times between 2005-2012 and placed 12th in the International SAI Contest, Impact Quartet 3rd place in 2014 & 2015 and 2 mixed quartet gold medals with Charlies Angels (2014) and Grand Central (2016). 

Henri recently completed her 4 year tenure as YWIH Coordinator where she ran workshops, coached and judged Young Singers in Harmony quartets around the country and assisted with the running of the national YSIH contests. She is the General Education Specialist for Sweet Adelines NZ, and is also a member of the SANZ Faculty, where she has coached a number of Sweet Adelines quartets and choruses around NZ. She has attended a number of international contests for both Sweet Adelines and the Barbershop Harmony Society, and has attended international educational events, directors seminars and judge training sessions.

She is a certified Singing Judge in the Australasian Guild of Barbershop Judging and an approved Candidate Sound Judge in the Sweet Adelines International judging programme. She would love to be able to help singers of all levels find their best voice.

Henri has recently become a first-time mum to little Benjamin, however she is still available to coach quartets, chorus, and give PVI's.

Richard Harker - Certified (2018)

Richard Harker is based in Auckland, where he has directed the City of Sails Barbershop Chorus since 2013. Richard has been involved in barbershop since 2003, and before moving to Auckland he took musical leadership roles at both Vocal FX in Wellington and The Plainsmen in Christchurch. He has also had stints singing with top choruses in Cincinnati and Vancouver, and has sung with three medal-winning quartets. 

Richard has been involved in the director training programme run by BHNZ since 2008, and has also attended Harmony University in the USA four times, focusing on vocal pedagogy and leadership. Richard feels that his position as a front line director for four years has put him in a good position to coach all elements of the barbershop style. He has a particular interest in the fundamentals of producing a quality tone, while not losing focus on the message of the song. 

Richard is happy to coach choruses and quartets, and is also able to work individually with singers to improve their vocal production. He is available most weekends (or weeknights within the Auckland area), and is more than happy to travel to work with your group.

Michael Markham - Certified (2018)

Michael is based in Wellington and is a founding member of Vocal FX.  Having been involved in barbershop since he was 13 (as a member of the Harbour Capital Chorus), Michael has significant barbershop experience both as a quartet and chorus singer.  He was a New Zealand Gold medallist in 2006, singing in the quartet, Resonance and has gone on to represent New Zealand in the Collegiate contest in Denver, Colorado in 2007.

Michael has been involved as a lead section leader of Vocal FX, and is passionate about bringing a performance to life through great vocal technique, partnered with from the heart commitment.  As a certified Performance Judge, Michael is able to provide you with expertise in the area of delivering an impactful performance, while also supporting your singers through one-on-one PVIs and improved vocal technique.

Michael is available across the country on weekends, but may also be available in the evening 

Will Foubister - Candidate

Will was raised in Christchurch, Canterbury and lived there for 19 years. He is now living in Invercargill in the Deep South as a Media Consultant for MediaWorks NZ.

Will began learning the barbershop craft at St Bede’s College through the YSIH programme. He was a member of St Bede's mighty fine quartet, the Buzzcutz. Sadly this was his last year at school but he was determined to continue his passion and coach. This passion led him to do various quartet coaching around Christchurch in 2015-2016 as well as competing in 2017 in the BHNZ Open, Under 25’s and Novice categories gaining 4th, 2nd and 1st.

Will has also coached quartets in Southland and has also assisted the Southern Sou’NZ Chorus in Invercargill. Aside from barbershop, he also coaches rugby. Will has coached at the 1XV level and he has also coached secondary school representative teams.

Will has a good understanding of the needs of the singers and prioritising these. He specialises in the performance category and looking for opportunities for the quartet/chorus to grow and build.

He is available to help quartets, choruses and school groups and can also give PVI's

Weekends work best however he can do the odd weeknight dependent on the time.

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