2016 NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award

Entries are now open for the 2016 NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award

Now in its twelth year, the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Awards is an exciting opportunity for young New Zealand composers to have their work recorded by the NZSO over a three-day residency.

Submitted works are assessed by a panel of industry professionals, and those selected for the awards will be flown to, and accommodated in Wellington for the duration of the recordings and awards. The students selected are given the opportunity to receive mentoring from an established New Zealand composer and will also participate in industry seminars and instrument workshops. The best overall composition will win the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award. The composer receives a cash award of $750.


  • Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen
  • Composers must be 25 years of age or younger as of 1 December 2016
  • Maximum duration of 5 minutes
  • Work to be for full symphony orchestra without soloists
  • Maximum instrumentation is as follows: 3333 4331 timpani +2 percussion harp strings (including the following woodwind auxiliary instruments: piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet and contrabassoon).
  • One entry per person
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form, which can be downloaded from the NZSO website. All entries must be submitted as digital PDFs.
  • Applications should also be accompanied by a short composer biography, as well as programme notes for the work. All of this information should be provided in the score file.
  • A complete and accurate instrumentation listing must be provided at the beginning of the score as well as the duration.
  • Ornaments and trills should be clear and written out if appropriate.
  • Scores should be legible with clear time signatures and even spacing throughout. Translations of any non-standard terms should be provided in the score.
  • Percussion parts should be set out in stations.
  • Composers should note that if used, any non-standard items such as string practice mutes will need to be provided by the composer.
  • NZSO reserve the right to ask composers to revisit any composition that includes extended techniques that may damage instruments.
  • Revisions to the submitted score won’t be accepted.

Mon 2 May 2016 Deadline for applications
Mon 6 June 2016 Applicants informed of panels decision
Mon 4 July 2016 Deadline for providing parts to the Library
Tue 29 Nov – Thurs 1 Dec 2016 Residency in Wellington


Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Composer Workshops 2016

Deadline for applications: Friday 26 February 2016

Media release from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra:
(Download as a PDF)

APO has an extensive programme which fosters young and aspiring composers, in addition to providing opportunities in which they can test their orchestral voice.

As part of the 2016/2017 programme the APO is collaborating with the Auckland Art Gallery in order to offer composers in the early stages of their career with the opportunity to write works inspired by New Zealand visual art. What do you feel when you immerse yourself in the visual work of some of this country’s finest artists? How can we quantify those feelings and reactions? What is the inspiration behind these works, and how can we express that through sound?

Through two workshops your compositional ideas will be performed and worked on with guidance and mentoring from APO’s Composer-in-Residence Karlo Margetić, culminating in a performance of these works at the Auckland Town Hall in 2017.

Dates for Composer Workshops 2016
Workshop 1 – Monday 17 October, 10am – 12:30pm
Workshop 2 – Monday 5 December, 10am – 12:30pm

Both workshops will be held at Philharmonia Hall in Mt Eden, Auckland.

Eligibility: Composers in the early stages of their careers who are New Zealand citizens or current residents. (Please note that composers are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses to and from the workshops).

How to apply:

  • Visit the Auckland Art Gallery, or explore their collection online using the ‘advanced collection search’ on their website.
  • Identify a New Zealand work that inspires you.
  • Briefly outline how you would approach writing an orchestral piece (c.10-15 minutes long) taking that work of art as a point of departure. It is understood that these are initial ideas, and are subject to change during the composing process.(Please no more than 400 words).
  • Send this outline to rachaelb@apo.co.nz by Friday 26 February 2016 along with the following:
    — 1 to 2 PDFs of your scores. These need not necessarily be for orchestra.
    — If available, recordings of the above (links to soundcloud, youtube etc. are greatly preferred. MIDI is acceptable. Please use a service like dropbox for files larger than 5MB)
    — contact details: Name, address, phone number and preferred email.
    — Short biography.

Call for scores: 2015 SMCO-SOUNZ Composer Workshop

The SMCO-SOUNZ Composer Workshop is a collaboration between the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music. The aim is to create a collection of high quality resources for composers, non-professional orchestras and orchestra directors. The project will deliver a documentary resource that will be streamable on the SOUNZ website, a workshop with the composers and a concert performance.

SOUNZ is calling for submissions from Auckland-based composers, who are willing to attend and take part in rehearsals, a workshop and video interviews. We strongly encourage secondary and tertiary students, as well as established composers, to apply.

The work may have been performed before and should be a maximum of eight minutes duration.

Submissions must reach SOUNZ no later than 5pm, 30 April 2015. No late entries will be accepted.

Please email the complete score in PDF format and completed submission form to info@sounz.org.nz

All composers who submit scores will be advised of the panel’s selections by late May 2015.

Download the submission form here

Aroha Quartet/SOUNZ/RNZC Recordings Project 2015

In association with CANZ and Chamber Music NZ

The inaugural Aroha Quartet/SOUNZ/RNZC Recordings Project 2015 calls for scores for string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello) by New Zealand composers.

This is a new collaborative project between SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, the Aroha Quartet, Radio New Zealand Concert, the Composers Association of New Zealand and Chamber Music New Zealand.

As a result of this initiative, 80 minutes of previously unrecorded string quartets by New Zealand composers will be made available for free online streaming through partner websites.

The project is open to all New Zealand composers (composers must be New Zealand born, resident or hold New Zealand citizenship).

Submissions should be sent as a PDF to info@sounz.org.nz no later than 20 February 2015.

Full details can be downloaded here or visit SOUNZ online.

Contact info@sounz.org.nz for further information about this project.

For information about the Aroha Quartet, visit their website www.arohaquartet.co.nz

Screen Composers Guild Inaugural Workshops

from Marshall Smith, Chairperson of the Screen Composers Guild of NZ:

Dear composers & supporters
A very happy new to you all.

Our inaugural workshops are coming up during February in Auckland & Wellington – so far the RSVP’s have been disappointingly low in number. We had strong interest from all concerned to have such workshops but if we do not get sufficient numbers we will be forced to postpone or cancel them.

If you have not already registered your interest please so before Friday 17 January where we will make a call whether we will proceed.

This is your opportunity to learn, share and network with some of the leading lights in the screen composing world in NZ so don’t miss out!

Both workshops are open to all APRA members and are free to Guild members so spread the word… Click here for full information:

If anyone has any news for upcoming newsletters or the website do let us know.

Wishing everyone a prosperous and happy year ahead.

Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2014–2015

The New Zealand School of Music invites applications for the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2014–2015. The appointment is jointly funded by Creative New Zealand and private donor Dr Jack C. Richards, with the New Zealand School of Music acting as host organisation. It has been created to foster New Zealand musical composition by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time for the period of tenure.

Applicants should be composers of proven merit and be New Zealand citizens or hold New Zealand residency. Applicants may not be employees of, or have been employed by, the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), Victoria University or Massey University in the twelve months prior to the closing date. Students working towards the completion of a tertiary qualification (in the year of the residency) are also ineligible. Individuals who have been a composer-in-residence in a Creative New Zealand financially supported composer residency within the previous twelve months are not normally eligible. In extenuating circumstances, the panel may waive this restriction. Applicants may not be on salary or paid leave during the period of the residency, and must demonstrate that they will not be receiving any other salaried income during the residency.

The Orchestra Wellington has also agreed in principle to offer the successful applicant a nominal position as Orchestra Wellington Composer-in-Residence, providing a guaranteed performance of a new orchestral work written during the term of the residency.

Tenure and Terms

The appointment will be for twelve months from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. The appointee must be resident in Wellington for the full term of employment (with absences to be negotiated with the Programme Leader (Composition) of the NZSM). While there is no obligation of formal teaching at the NZSM, some contribution is expected to be made to the NZSM’s cultural and academic life, in a manner appropriate to the personal strengths and preferences of the appointee, in agreement with the Programme Leader (Composition) of the NZSM.

The successful applicant’s work proposal should include: 1) a solo piece suitable for student performance (for example, as part of performance exam or competition); 2) a statement of agreement that one or more of the works written during the residency will be recorded, as a means to publicise the residency and to add to the residency archive. Indication should given as to which proposed work(s) will be suitable for recording. The NZSM will be responsible for making a high-quality recording of at least one work written during the residency and will provide the recording free-of-charge to the composer for non-commercial purposes. The NZSM reserves the right to use the recording as it sees fit. The successful applicant will be hired as an NZSM employee, and will be provided with access to administrative, library and other facilities upon request.

The appointee is required to submit a written report to the Programme Leader (Composition) within one month of the end of the tenure, which is submitted to Creative New Zealand in accordance with their residency regulations. The gross annual salary for the position will be NZ$50,000 for the twelve-month period, which includes 8% holiday pay to be paid when the term of appointment ends. Neither the NZSM nor Creative New Zealand can provide living accommodation, but the Lilburn Residence Trust has agreed in principle to offer the former home of Douglas Lilburn at 22 Ascot St, Thorndon to the appointee at a modest rental for the term of the residency.

Application process

A selection committee will comprise at least 3 members of the composition staff of the NZSM. Further enquiries may be made to Dugal McKinnon, Programme Leader (Composition), NZSM. Email: dugal.mckinnon@nzsm.ac.nz; Ph: (04) 463 6448. Electronic applications (in MS Word or PDF format) and support material (in MP3 and/or PDF files) should be sent via email to HR Coordinator, NZSM (recruit@nzsm.ac.nz). Applications may also be posted to: HR Coordinator, New Zealand School of Music, PO Box 2332, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.

The following information must be submitted with applications:

(a)       A current CV, which must include your qualifications, compositional experience, current employment status and a list of selected compositional output

(b)       No more than 4 representative works. For notated works, please submit both scores (PDFs) and recordings (MP3s); for works with a visual component, please submit links to online videos (such as Youtube or Vimeo).

(c)       A work proposal document for the tenure (see below), including details of any external funding for intended projects

(d)       Confirmation that you are a New Zealand citizen or that you hold New Zealand residency 

The work proposal document must include an outline of the works you intend to compose during the period of the residency.

In order to develop relationships between Wellington musicians and the composer-in-residence, applicants are encouraged to write for specific Wellington-based performers and ensembles selected from a list available for download from the following URL: http://www.nzsm.ac.nz/downloads/compreslist.pdf. Although the purpose of this partnership is for the mutual benefit of both composer and performer/ensemble, neither composer nor performer(s) is bound contractually in any legal sense.

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 22 November 2013.

LCCO Call for Scores – Chamber Orchestra Workshop

Hear your piece played at a workshop, and receive feedback from the orchestra and conductor. Open to all composers who would be able attend the workshop in London. The London Contemporary Chamber Orchestra (LCCO) is a good amateur orchestra, of single wind and brass, strings, percussion, and piano. Workshop performance to take place on 29 March 2014 and concert on 4 October. There is a fee of £30 for taking part.

For more information see the website: http://at.orpheusweb.co.uk/lcco/?page=scores or for full details email :alan.taylor@dpmail.co.uk.

Deadline: 18 February 2014

Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum Composers’ Program

The 2014 edition of the professional summer program for emerging composers Collegium Musicum offers to a small number of selected composers from around the world the opportunity to have their works rehearsed and performed by a professional orchestra, the Levon Manukyan Collegium Musicum. The composers will engage in a week of intensive workshops and conferences – live, and streamed online, – form professional connections and network with colleagues from the arts industry. The program will take place between July 6th and July 15th, 2014 in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Note that selected active participants don’t have to write works specifically for the internship if they don’t want to. The main working language will be English. All relevant information can be found at the website http://en.levonmanukyan.com/comp or by emailing comp@levonmanukyan.com.

Deadline: 2 February 2014

Auckland Philharmonia Composer Development Opportunity

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra have announced a call for submissions from composers who are interested in being involved with their next two year composer development opportunity. The project is for composers to write music in response to letters held at Auckland Museum which were written by soldiers during WW1.

Submissions due by 15th July.