Blake Scanlen is a composer, singer, and conductor from Auckland. He is currently finishing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland where he studies composition with Dr Chris Gendall and Dr Leonie Holmes, conducting with Associate Professor Karen Grylls, and classical performance voice with Dr Te Oti Rakena.
Blake's compositions and arrangements have been performed and workshopped by The University of Auckland Chamber Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir, members of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Viereinigkeit String Quartet. His music has also been performed at the University of Auckland’s Lilburn Trust and Llwelyn Jones Prize concerts and at the CANZ Nelson Composers Workshops.
He recently improvised the music for Weichu Huang’s dance piece I am still searching for happiness, and is currently composer for the documentary Post Trauma which is about PTSD/I in Aotearoa New Zealand.
As a singer (bass-baritone), Blake currently sings with Voices New Zealand, New Zealand Youth Choir, The University of Auckland Chamber Choir, Auckland Youth Choir, and the Neotectonic Vocal Ensemble. He has sung as a guest chorister and soloist for a variety of choirs and ensembles around Auckland and NZ. Blake is also a member of the Auckland Freemasons NZ Opera Chorus.
As a conductor, Blake is the music director of the Resound Youth Choir (North Shore Youth Music) and is the emerging conductor for the Auckland Youth Choir in 2021. He has also taken part in conducting workshops with the New Zealand Youth Choir and the Auckland Chamber Choir.
Blake is a passionate arts administrator and advocate and is currently president of the University of Auckland’s School of Music Students’ Association and a committee member of the New Zealand Choral Federation’s Auckland regional committee.