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 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.

Creative New Zealand Music Scholarships for 2016 ~ open now

Support for brilliant young New Zealand musicians, and composers of all ages, is available via Creative New Zealand music scholarships. Up to $47,000 is available this year to support 3 scholarship programmes.
Applications for the 2016 music scholarships close at 5pm on Friday 11 March.

More information about scholarships available, and how to apply, can be found at the following links:

Music scholarships are designed to enable New Zealand musicians to progress their career into a global setting. These scholarships assist musicians to develop their career, profile and potential.

Advice on applying can be sought from the Music Advisor

The Elysian Singers Composition Prize 2016

The Elysian Singers have been singing for 30 years, and are celebrating with a whole
year of song!

Through ten concerts we will showcase the enormous variety of styles, periods and genres that we love to perform: and to link the whole programme together, have undertaken to include at least one setting from each of the 150 Psalms. The competition is to set all or part of three psalms for which we cannot find any suitable choral settings.

The deadline for submissions is 5.30pm UK time, Monday 29 February, 2016.

The prizes include:

  • your works being performed in London by the Elysian Singers at our concert on 15 October 2016 at St James’s Piccadilly
  • cash prizes of £250, £150, and £50
  • the possibility of being published, subject to approval from Novello & Co Ltd

Full details are available here (PDF).


The 2016 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award


Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.


First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in September of 2016 on the 20th Anniversary Martirano Award Concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.


A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions. The winning composers are expected to attend the 20th anniversary award concert and reception, and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.


1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible.

2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum

3. Limit: One entry per composer

4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.

5. Anonymous Submission: The composer’s name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Friday, April 15, 2016 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For more information and to submit scores go to



Call for Scores: ACL Conference and Festival, Vietnam 2016

CANZ members are invited to submit works for consideration for performance at the 34th ACL International Festival and Conference in Vietnam, 12 – 18 October, 2016. The festival will be held in Hanoi capital and Vinh Yen city (Vinh Phuc province).

  • Each entrant is allowed to submit one work only from one of the listed categories.
  • In any category, playing inside the piano, or any kind of preparation of the piano, is prohibited.
  • Works written in the last four years are encouraged.
  • Entries are due by Friday 22 April (see below for details).


a) Orchestral works (maximum 15 mins)
1.  2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, Perc (3), Pf, Celesta, Harp,Str, with/without soloist
2.  “Conductors are Composers”:  2-2-2-2, 4-2-3-1, Perc (3), Pf, Celesta, Harp, Str, with/without soloist. NOTE: Any composer whose piece is selected for this category must have some
experience in conducting professional orchestras, because the composer will be asked to
conduct his/her own piece in this concert.

b) Chamber orchestra
Maximum of 15 performers from the following instruments: fl, ob, cl, bsn, 2 hn, tpt, tbn, perc, pf, 2 vn, vla, vc, cb. The maximum duration is 12 minutes, in order to perform as many pieces as possible.

c) Chamber music
1. Maximum of 6 performers including oboe and/or clarinet and/or bassoon
2. Maximum of 4 performers including one violin
3. Maximum of 5 performers on Vietnam traditional instruments
The maximum duration is 12 minutes, in order to perform as many pieces as possible.

d) Piano solo
Maximum duration of 12 minutes.

e) Electroacoustic music
The call for scores in the field of electroacoustic music will be released before May 31, 2016.


Young Composer Prize

CANZ members born after October 12, 1986 are invited to submit a work for consideration for the 2016 ACL Young Composer Prize. Based on these submissions CANZ will select one composer to represent New Zealand. Please include a copy of your passport with your application.

  • Duration: 5 – 8 minutes
  • Maximum 5 performers
  • Available instrumentation (1 of each): violin, viola, violoncello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone.


Submission Details

Please complete all information on the entry form (ACL 2016 – Entry Form-1) including:

  • Name, date of birth, nationality
  • Address, phone number, email
  • Title, year composed, instrumentation, duration
  • Biography (maximum 150 words)
  • Programme notes (maximum 150 words)
  • Has the work been performed? If yes, where?


Also required for the submission:

  • Photo of the composer
  • Audio file or CD of the work (if available)
  • Score (PDF file)
  • Parts (if available, PDF files)


CANZ expects to hear from ACL as to their selections by 30 June, 2016. The individual parts of selected scores should be submitted at a later date (to be announced).

Submit your completed application to by 5pm Friday 22 April, 2016.

If you are unable to submit the submission electronically it may be posted to the address below. Please ensure it arrives before 22 April.

Composers Association of New Zealand
PO Box 4065
Wellington 6140

Keuris Composers Contest

The Keuris Competition invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate in the 2nd Keuris Composers Contest with self-made compositions for the youth. The compositions should be challenging, but at the same time accessible, nowadays and playable by young talented amateur players. Deadline February 18th 2016.

There will be two categories:
1) clarinet, cello and piano
2) youth symphony orchestra

For further details are available here.


A Short Chamber Opera Contest

The Opera Factory Trust is pleased to offer a compositional contest for a short chamber opera.

Entries close on Monday 18th January 2016.

The competition is for New Zealand composers (New Zealand citizens or permanent residents) and is offered in three categories:

1. Open age

2. Emerging or intending composers (under 25 yrs of age )

3. Secondary school students (18 yrs & under)

Further details and the entry form are available here:

Opera Factory Composition Contest 2015 – 2016 Information Sheet

Opera Factory Composition Contest 2015 – 2016 ENTRY FORM


Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at NZSM 2016-2017

Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington invites applications for the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at NZSM for the period July 2016–June 2017. The appointment is jointly funded by Creative New Zealand and private donor Dr Jack C. Richards, with the NZSM as host organisation. This position fosters and expands the New Zealand musical landscape by providing an established composer with the opportunity to write full-time for the period of tenure.

Benefits, Opportunities & Sector Partnerships

The residency provides numerous benefits and opportunities for the promotion, presentation and professional development of the successful candidate in the following ways:

  • Orchestra Wellington will offer the nominal position of Composer-in-Residence to the successful candidate, if an orchestral work is included in their Work Proposal document. The orchestra will guarantee performance of one new work written by the composer.
  • The Lilburn Residence Trust normally offers the use of the former home of Douglas Lilburn in Thorndon to the Composer-in-Residence for a modest rental. The house is located in an enclave of artist residences, including the Rita Angus Cottage and the Randell Cottage, and is within walking distance of the NZSM.
  • Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) at Victoria University of Wellington offers to facilitate access to Wellington-based performers and ensembles (e.g. NZSQ, Stroma, Strike, Orchestra Wellington, Baroque Voices) who have agreed to consider programming new works written by the composer.

Please click the following links for further details of the position.

VUW Composer in Resdience 2016 – Role Description

VUW Composer in Residence 2016- Application Details


2015 ISCM World Music Days in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 2015 International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days festival, an annual fixture in the contemporary music calendar, was held in Ljublijana, Slovenia, and New Zealand was once again well represented thanks to the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ), which holds New Zealand’s membership to the ISCM.

Each year, provided that certain criteria are met, CANZ is guaranteed a performance in the World Music Days festival of at least one work submitted in the annual call for scores. New Zealand’s represented composer for 2015 was Chris Cree Brown. The standard of performances, given by Slovenia’s top ensembles and comprised almost exclusively of Slovenian performers, was extremely high. Chris Cree Brown’s piece Sound Barrel, for euphonium and electronics received an outstanding performance by Luka Einfalt and contributed to a particularly strong field of works with electroacoustic components.

Together with the festival itself, ISCM World Music Days is also the setting for the ISCM General Assembly meetings. CANZ President Glenda Keam is currently serving a two-year term on the ISCM executive committee and CANZ Committee member Mary Binney attended as New Zealand’s delegate in the General Assembly, representing and voting on behalf of New Zealand in these meetings.

For several year now, CANZ has been discussing the possibility of hosting the 2020 World Music Days festival in New Zealand. Mary gave a presentation on behalf of CANZ by way of an update to the General Assembly and this was warmly received.

The CANZ Committee gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Creative New Zealand in enabling Mary and Chris to attend this year’s World Music Days, and looks forward to the 2016 festival in Tongyeong, South Korea, at which event Neville Hall will be New Zealand’s represented composer.

Opera Factory: A Short Chamber Opera Contest

The Opera Factory Trust is pleased to announce their next composition contest for short chamber operas. Entries close on Monday 18th January 2016.

Composers are invited to submit new works for A Short Chamber Opera Contest.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 18 January 2016.

The competition is for New Zealand composers (New Zealand citizens or permanent residents), and is offered in three categories:

  1. Open age
  2. Emerging or intending composers (under 25 yrs of age)
  3. Secondary school students (18 yrs & under)

Information Sheet
Entry Form