Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient 2021 - Honour McKellar QSM


Honor McKellar QSM was born in 1920. Honor attended St Hilda’s for her primary schooling in 2024-2029. She graduated with a BA from Otago University in 1942, and from 1946-1949 she attended the Royal Academy of Music in London. When she returned to NZ, she was one of the original opera singers in the New Zealand Opera Company. In the 1960s, she returned to the UK and performed with the Glyndebourne Chorus, Opera For All and the John Alldis Choir. Returning to Dunedin in 1971, Honor became the first executant lecturer in singing at the University of Otago. Her students include Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Landreth and Patrick Power. She retired from her lecturing position in 1985 but continued to teach both privately and at the university. In 1989 she was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for service to music, and in 2012 she was made a life member of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing.

Honor lives in the Yvette Williams Retirement Village in Dunedin.