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Adam Summer School Alumni Spotlight – Arna Morton

The Adam Summer School has provided string players and pianists from across New Zealand and beyond with the opportunity to learn from the very best. Up to 25 students are chosen each year to fully immerse themselves in intensive coaching and masterclasses, culminating in two finale concerts at the stunning Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

In anticipation of the 28th annual Adam Summer School in 12-20 February 2022, we decided to catch up with a few of our alumni to see what they're up to now and how the summer school has impacted their career. Click here to read our Q&A with fellow alumni: Davina Shum, Ben Booker, and Liam Wooding.


Arna Morton, violinist

Years Attended: 2013, 2016

Arna standing in a sunny, golden field holding her violin and smiling at the camera
Adam Summer School alumna, Arna Morton

Now based in her hometown of Christchurch, Arna Morton attended the Adam Summer School in 2013 and 2016.

Following the completion of both Bachelor and Master of Musical Arts degrees at the New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Helene Pohl, Arna completed her PhD in Violin Performance at the University of Melbourne. Arna is the founding member of The Morton Trio, performing regularly alongside her husband and horn player, Alex Morton, and fellow-Kiwi pianist and Adam Summer School alumnus, Liam Wooding.

Arna is the newly appointed Principal 2nd Violin of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.