Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

Closing Date: 1 July

The Prize is awarded annually for excellence in original composition and is valued at $1500.

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

The topic for 2016 is to compose a piece for cello and piano OR cello solo OR cello and electronics. You must submit a score as well as a MIDI recording of the work.

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

More information

Australasian Double Reed Society Composition Competition

Deadline date: 31 July 2016 (Delivery Deadline)

Date held: October 2016

Location: Sydney, Australia

Total prizes: AUD $1,000 and performances.

Entry restriction: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or students attending an Australian or New Zealand school or university. Only one submission per entrant accepted.

Work duration: Up to five (5) minutes.

Further Details

The Australian Double Reed Society is a not for profit organisation which promotes and enhances the knowledge of double reed instruments. In honour of its 20th Anniversary, and to facilitate collaborations between composers and performers, the ADRS NSW branch will be holding a composition competition. They would like to encourage and develop new Australasian works which engage with idiomatic characteristics of solo double reed instruments, with a level of difficulty no higher than AMEB Grade 7, in particular works suitable for students studying for their Year 12 Music performance exam.

See the ADRS website Composition webpage for detailed information, terms and conditions, and application form.

Opera Factory’s Winning Workshops

The Opera Factory in Auckland are workshopping new works by New Zealand composers on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April:

Winning Workshops – An early evening Demonstration

An informal presentation of excerpts from the winning entry and four other finalists from our short chamber opera Composition Contest.

Sunday 17 April 5.30pm – 7pm;

At the NZ Opera Technical Centre 107 Neilson Street, Onehunga. Auckland.

General entry $20 by donation/Koha. Light refreshments will be served with a chance to meet and mingle.

Phone us on 09 921 7801 or 021 529 127 or simply reply on this email – to secure preferential seating.

The programme will be guided by the jury panel Philip Norman of Christchurch, Rosemary Barnes and Stuart Maunder (NZ Opera) and also introduce the composers.

This demonstration will feature excerpts from ‘The Illustrious Stranger’ (winning entry by Professor John Drummond of Dunedin) and other excerpts from finalists Claire Scholes (Live Drag), Graham Parsons (The Help Desk), Richard Francis (The Remarkable Rocket) & Ben Hoadley (Miss Brill).

Singers include Emma Sloman, Kerry Scurr, Catherine Reaburn, Helene Holman, Rosemarie Brown, Christina Orjis, Kelly Harris, Maeve Herd, Patrick Kelly, Clinton Fung, Mark Covich, Edward McKnight, Adrian du Toit, Arthur Adams-Close and Timothy Burrell accompanied by pianists Grace Francis and Gemma Lee.

Also for your interest: ‘Winning Workshops’ – split sessions on all 5 works will be held over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April from 10.30 to 4.30pm each day.

Singers will informally explore the new works alongside the composers and project panellists with open feedback.

Observers are welcome at any of these informal open workshop sessions at any times of both days ($10 koha/donation on arrival).

The weekend of workshop sessions and the concluding demonstration will also have limited door sales available.

International Study of Women Composers

The Creative Workforce Initiative (Curtin University, Western Sydney University, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) are currently undertaking research to understand the challenges and opportunities facing women composers.

Very little is known about the working lives of composers and we know even less about composers who are women.
This makes it hard to advocate for changes to funding, education and support. This study will create a unique picture of work. The “evidence” it creates will start to achieve these aims.

The group is looking for participants to commit to three medium-length surveys. The second and third of these will be informed by what is received in the first survey. It is important to commit to all three.

How do I get started?
Follow this link, or copy and paste the URL below into your Internet browser, or email us for a hard copy or email attachment to be posted out to you.

If you have any questions and/or you can help us circulate the study, please contact Dawn Bennett at or +618 9266 4482.

International Composition Competition – “Città di Udine”

Taukay music publishing company is proud to announce new projects associated with the International Composition Competition “Città di Udine”. The winning compositions and finalists’ works will be performed publicly and we will produce a CD of the live performance.
Additionally, we are working to select some of the submitted compositions to be used in a collaboration with the contemporary dance company Arearea. Our goal is to give more space to contemporary music and to its interaction with other performing arts.

Rules and conditions of the international composition competition “Città di Udine” (eleventh edition) are online on Taukay’s website.

Submissions are being accepted in two categories:
– compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument
– electroacoustic music.

Deadline: March 31th 2016

More info on:

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

APRA AMCOS launches Art Music Fund

In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund.

Australian and New Zealand composers are now invited to apply for a grant from a total pool of AUD$100,000. The funding is available for the creation of commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program – designed to maximise the life of the work.

It is expected that composers will collaborate with ensembles, orchestras, producers, recording companies, broadcasters, festivals and other parties to propose the writing of a work that will be guaranteed multiple exposures by way of performances, recordings, broadcasts or digital dissemination.

See APRA’s announcement for full details.

CANZ Trust Fund Award and KBB/CANZ Citation to be presented at International Festival

Ross Harris (born 1945, Christchurch), one of New Zealand’s most recognised and celebrated composers, will receive the CANZ Trust Fund Award during the New Zealand Festival in Wellington next month. In the same ceremony, the KBB/CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music will also be presented to the Wellington-based new music ensemble Stroma.

The Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) presents its Trust Fund Award each year to a composer whose current compositional activities are considered outstanding. New Zealand’s network of composers, CANZ supports and advocates for emerging and established New Zealand composers and their work. The Trust Fund winner is decided each year by the CANZ committee, elected members who donate their time to support the network and its various activities.

Harris’s music is widely hailed as strong and skilful, often tackling deep themes from history. He has set notable texts by leading NZ poets and writers, and his collaborations with poet Vincent O’Sullivan in particular have produced two remarkable operas, a symphony, three song cycles and a requiem. Harris’ output of over two hundred works is notable for its many large-scale compositions including five symphonies and two concerti. His work has been played in many countries, and he has won many awards including a QSM in in 1985, and made an Arts Laureate in 2014. Harris has won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award more times than any other New Zealand composer. Each new work shows a mature voice characterised by musical richness and security of purpose.

KBB Music has for many years sponsored and supported the KBB/CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music, an annual award presented to an individual or organisation in recognition of their outstanding contribution and commitment to New Zealand composition.

Established in 1999 by composers Mike Norris and Phil Brownlee, and performers Bridget Douglas and Hamish McKeich, Stroma has brought much new music to Wellington and beyond. Comprising mostly NZSO members who have a desire to play challenging new music, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered over 40 works by such NZ composers as David Downes, James Gardner, Ross Harris, Alexandra Hay, Samuel Holloway, Dorothy Ker, Dugal McKinnon and Jeroen Speak, and presented it alongside new music from leading international composers.

Stroma will join a long list of recipients of the KBB/CANZ Citation which includes Jack Body, David Farquhar, Dame Gillian Whitehead, Karen Grylls, Douglas Lilburn, Margaret Neilsen, Philip Norman, John Rimmer, John Ritchie, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, 175 East, the NZTrio, Waiteata Music Press and many more.

The two awards will be presented at the conclusion of the second performance of Harris’s work Brass Poppies at Shed 6 on Friday 4th March. With a libretto by Vincent O’Sullivan and a score performed by Stroma and NZ Opera, the chamber opera powerfully depicts the Gallipoli story and its impact on New Zealanders.

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