CALL FOR SCORES: ACL Young Composer Awards, Conference & Festival, Philippines 2015

CANZ members are invited to submit up to two (2) works for consideration for performance at the 33rd ACL International Festival and Conference in the Philippines, 2-8 November 2015.

All required materials (see below) should be sent to CANZ before Friday 8th August and these will be forwarded for consideration.

Together with your entry (score; recording in mp3, if any), please submit the following:
a. Biography (max. 500 words)
b. Programme notes

c. Photo
d. A signed statement that your composition is truly yours and that the festival is not responsible for any infringement on the copyright and use of your music

Entries must be received at the address below before Friday 8th August.
PO Box 4065
Wellington 6140

Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth

1. Multi-Media: Music for ritual or drama (e.g. puppet play). May use multi-percussions including gongs and bamboos, found objects like stones, seeds, or other materials like bottles, metal caps, ceramics. May include dance (1-3 dancers), chanter (s),visual elements, and audience participation. Up to 7 -performers. Open to any notation – graphics; words; any form of instruction. Duration: max. 7 minutes.

2. Electronic/Computer Music (Motion/movement-inspired). Open for ‘on-the-spot interaction’ with dancers and audiences. Duration: max. 10 minutes.

3. Chamber music ensemble using any standard Western instruments. May include an Asian instrument.* Up to 11 performers. Duration: max. 7 minutes.

4. Young Composers Prize using standard Western instruments mixed with Asian instrument.* Up to 6 performers. Duration: max. 7 minutes

NOTE: Eligible members (those born after 2 November 1985) of the Composers Association of New Zealand are invited to submit a work for consideration for next year’s Young Composer Prize at ACL. Based on these submissions, CANZ will select one composer to represent New Zealand.

5. Choral music for adult choir. Duration: max. 8 minutes.

6. Art Song for voice and piano. Duration: max. 6 minutes.

7. Ethnic-Pop using voice(s) and standard pop band instruments (drums, electric guitars, keyboard) mixed with Asian instruments. Open to cipher/letter name chord notation. Up to 7 performers. Duration: max. 7 minutes.

8. Symphonic Band for flute (1,2), piccolo, clarinet (1,2,3,4) oboe (1,2), english horn (1), bassoons (1,2), trombones (1,2), bass trombones (1), tubas (1,2), euphonium, piano, double bass, timpani, percussions (1,2,3,4). Duration: max. 7 minutes.

9. Large Orchestra for flutes (1,2,3—3rd, piccolo), oboes (1,2,3—3rd, English horn), clarinets (1,2,3—3rd as Eb Clarinet or bass), bassoons (1,2,3—3rd as contrabassoon, horns (1,2,3,4), trumpets (1,2,3), trombones (1,2), bass trombone, 1 tuba, percussions for 4 players, piano, strings. Duration: max. 7 minutes.

* Composers have the option to bring an Asian instrument/performer for the performance at their own expense. Otherwise, the festival will provide an instrument and performer within its capacity and funding. Organizers will communicate with the composer of chosen works.

Composers, musicologists, researchers and exponents of contemporary music in Asia are invited to participate in conference sessions. ACL welcomes proposals for paper presentations and plenary sessions on one or several topics on the theme: Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth.

Please send an abstract of no more than 150 words, along with a short biography (about 100 words, maximum) of the proponent to on or before November 21, 2014.

Call for Scores – 15 Minutes of Fame

The Malaysian Composers Collective invites submissions of an original work for:

15 Minutes of Fame
15 one-minute piano works + 15 one-minute short films:

What: We are inviting composers from Malaysia and ACL to compose a one-minute piano work for the project. The selected pieces will be performed by a Malaysian pianist and will go on to inspire Malaysian film artists to create a one-minute short film to the music soundtrack.

The 15 completed films will be broadcast in the fourth quarter of 2014 on various online platforms, and will be made available for further screenings at events and festivals.

The objective of the films is to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change, especially in light of the current water crisis and environmental disaster known as the haze, both of which are related to the man-made forest fires that Malaysia will likely face again this year. There can be no life without water.

Theme: Water + Fire

The composer is free to choose any aspect of the theme and/or the elements, and interpret it in any manner seen fit, literally or metaphorically, or based on any related inspiration.

Submission details:

New work for solo piano, duration exactly 1 minute (60 seconds). Playing inside the piano is permitted, but with no preparation of the piano.

Use of tape playback is permitted, but composer must furnish the finished audio file in digital (wav) form when your piece is selected.

Composers may send as many entries as they please, but only one will be selected. Multiple pieces must be stand alone and not dependent on the other.

Submission must include:

1) score in pdf format with programme notes
2) simple rough audio recording of the work(s) (can be made using handphone or simple audio recorders and submitted in compressed mp3, wma or similar digital format no more than 1.5 Mb in size)
3) photo and bio of composer
4) accompanying tape part, if any, to be submitted only after confirmation of selection
5) completed entry form (below)

Send to:

Deadline for submission: 31 July 2014

Pre-submission: Composers interested to participate are encouraged to send their entry form in advance, starting from the date of this notice. This will allow us to keep track of your submission and update you directly of any announcements.

Terms and conditions:

By submitting an entry you are agreeing with the terms of participation as follows:

1. The organisers reserve the right to accept or reject submissions

2. The composer agrees to furnish full copyright of the submitted work to the organisers for use in this project and its related activities such as additional screenings and concerts, and for subsequent use of in promotional, educational or non-commercial t activities related to the project or in general promotional efforts of the organisers.


This project is co-organised by Malaysian Composers Collective and Popfolio. Funded by the Selangor government.


Expressions of interest for Resident Composer(s) at the Lilburn Residence

The former residence of Douglas Lilburn in Thorndon, Wellington has, for the last nine years, been managed as a residence for composers by the Lilburn Residence Trust. Priority has been given to making the house available to the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music.

In 2014–15, however, this position is to be held by David Long, a Wellington-based composer who does not require use of the house. The Trustees have therefore decided to follow the same procedure as in 2007–8 when this situation last eventuated and invite proposals from another composer (or composers) for the purpose of pursuing projects that would benefit from being undertaken in this special environment and would contribute to the corpus of New Zealand music.

The Trust is not in a position to pay a stipend, but it provides the house free of rates, insurance and other maintenance items. The resident pays for the costs of normal utilities such as electricity, telephone and Internet services, plus a nominal rental of between $100– 150 per week (to be determined) to help the Trust meet maintenance and other expenses. On this occasion the house will be available from 15 September 2014 until at least early June 2015.

Applications are accordingly invited from New Zealand-born or resident composers who are professionally active and have an appropriate record of recent achievement. Applications for the whole or part of the available period will be considered. Examples of work are not required at this stage; they may however be requested by the expert panel assessing the applications. This panel will include a representative from CANZ and will make recommendations to the Board of the Trust.

The application document should contain the following:

  • a full CV, including full contact details
  • a cover letter outlining the period of residency you wish to apply for (you may specify a preferred duration only, if you are flexible as to your start and end dates), and the work that you expect to undertake during that period
  • confirmation that you are a New Zealand resident or hold a New Zealand passport

    NB: you do not need to provide examples of work at this stage

    Please post or email your proposal no later than FRIDAY 27 JUNE 2014 to:

    Lilburn Residence Trust
    PO Box 27347
    Marion Square
    Wellington 6141

    Ph: +64 4 463 7456 / +64 21 211 0138

  • Gallipoli Songs competition

    ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert extend an invitation to Australian and New Zealand composers to submit a new vocal composition that sets words from texts written by participants in the Gallipoli campaign. See for further information (instrumentation, duration etc. are explained in the entry form).

    Creative New Zealand want your feedback on online reporting tools

    (from Creative New Zealand:)

    We want to make our online tools easier for clients to use when reporting to us about the things we fund. We need your help to make this happen. You will go into the draw for one of four $50 book vouchers.

    Over the next three months we will be making it easier and faster for people to find what they need while they are reporting.

    We need your help to:

    • find where the problems are
    • test some new ideas we have about how to organise information better in the system.


    We’d appreciate five minutes of your time to do an online test. This will help to make reporting to Creative New Zealand easier, plus you will go into the draw for one of four $50 book vouchers.

    Take the online test (5 mins)

    Thank you
    Creative New Zealand

    2014 ACL Festival in Japan

    CANZ is pleased to announce that Alex Taylor has been selected as NZ’s Young Composer representative at this year’s ACL Festival in Tokyo.

    CANZ would also like to congratulate members Jack Body and Fritha Jameson, whose work has been selected for performance at this year’s ACL Festival.

    Programme details for the Festival are available here

    Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

    The Prize is awarded annually by the University of Otago, for excellence in original composition. In 2014 it is valued at $1500.

    The competition is open to all past and present students of the
    universities of New Zealand.

    The topic for 2014 is a work for oboe or soprano saxophone or alto saxophone and piano.

    The work must be at least eight minutes and not more than eighteen minutes in duration.

    When submitting your score, please also submit a midi recording of the work on disk.

    Applications close with the University on 1 July 2014.

    More information is available on the University of Otago website.