Lynn Jamieson, an itinerant music teacher and director of barbershop at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, is among the recipients of the 2016 Hamilton City Council Civic Awards. Lynn is being recognised for her services to education and the arts,
The Civic Awards are an annual fixture in the Hamilton City Council calendar, celebrating the contributions to Hamilton made by the city's residents. Recipients are nominated by members of the community, with nominations assessed by the Council. The awards are then presented in a formal event at the Council every December.
Lynn is the director of Dio's very successful barbershop chorus, Espresso, and four quartets. She is also a vocal itinerant in four other schools in the Waikato, coaching choruses and quartets.
"The hours that Lynn puts into the barbershop programme far exceed those for which she is paid," says HoD Music, Bridget Greenslade.
"Her commitment to her students does not stop when her working day ends. She runs evening and weekend rehearsals, has adjudicated at school music events, accompanied students in their NCEA examinations, provided transportation to rehearsals and events, and has supported students and staff at almost every school arts event."
Along with her honours music degree in performance singing from Otago University, her diploma in teaching, her involvement in many musicals, professional jazz and rock bands and barbershop quartets, Lynn is also co-Director of the highly successful Waikato Rivertones (the current 2016 NZ Sweet Adelines Chorus Champions). She became a certified Musical Director in 2014.
Lynn’s musical vision is to have fun-filled and high level performing groups with a creative repertoire that is appealing to members and audiences. Any student who enjoys singing can be a part of barbershop, and Lynn allows students to take leadership roles in choreography and as section mentors.
"The girls have an unflinching loyalty to Lynn which stems from the loving nature in which she treats them," says Bridget. "Regardless of their ability, she believes in EVERY student and gives them the chance to succeed no matter what their circumstance. Her passion and energy inspire the girls to love barbershop as much as she does and her own flamboyant style sets the performance benchmark."
Mayor Andrew King says the awards are an important way to recognise the contribution of Hamiltonians to the city.
“One of my personal values is always to say thank you to people who have worked tirelessly to improve things. In this case, the Civic Awards really showcase the amazing people who have made a difference.
“All the Civic Award nominees are committed to Hamilton and have given up their own time, investing countless hours to support the arts, the community, education or people and wellbeing. More crucially, they’ve done that over the course of several years.
“Thank you to each and every one of them and to all the other people we haven’t recognised as part of the Civic Awards for what they do to make our city as wonderful as it is.”
This year’s recipients are:
· Nancy Caiger – Services to the Arts and the Community
· Selwyn Cook – Services to the Community and People and Wellbeing
· Leonard Gardner – Services to the Community
· Dr Bev Gatenby – Services to the Community and Social Services Sector
· Ian Howat – Services to the Community
· Charlotte Isaac – Services to the Community and the Arts
· Lynn Jamieson – Services to the Arts and Education
· David Lloyd – Services to the Arts and the Community
· Elaine McDonnell – Services to Education and the Community
· Geoff and Jill McMillan – Services to People and Wellbeing
· Gerri Pomeroy – Services to People and Wellbeing
· Dr Assil Russell – Services to People and Wellbeing
· Keith Tanner – Services to the Community and Local Government
· Walter and Tiare Tuakana – Services to the Community
· Anne Wilkinson – Services to People and Wellbeing