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.

Australian and New Zealand Viola Society Composition Competition 2014

Entries are invited for the 2014 ANZVS Viola Composition Competition.

Aim: To promote composition and performance of new viola works in Australia and New Zealand.

Deadline: Friday 9th May 2014

Download the entry form

Conditions of Entry:

  1. The composer must be a resident or citizen of Australia or New Zealand.
  2. Categories:
    • Viola Solo (unaccompanied)
    • Two or more violas (violas only)

    Composers may submit one entry in each category.

  3. Pieces are to be up to five minutes duration.
  4. The composition must indicate metronome markings and duration.
  5. The composition must not have been previously performed in public, or previously published, nor may it be a transcription in part or whole of another work that has been previously published or performed.
  6. The manuscript must be easily legible on unbound single-sided A4 sheets and suitable for scanning. The composer must be identified on the manuscript itself by a nom-de-plume to ensure anonymity.

    The composer’s details are to be included on the attached entry form and sealed in a separate envelope to accompany the manuscript. The nom-de-plume must be written on the outside of this envelope.

  7. The original manuscripts with three photocopies, three soundfiles on CD or DVD (synthesised renditions acceptable) and for multiple viola works one set of parts or a PDF file of parts of the work must be sent to:

    Mrs A. Brooker, Coordinator
    ANZVS Viola Composition Competition
    1A Waimarie Street
    St Heliers
    Auckland 1071
    New Zealand

    Entries must be received by 9th May 2014.

  8. Judging: ANZVS has appointed a panel of three adjudicators with a range of experience in composition and performance on the viola. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. Prizes: $200 in prize money for each category.

    One additional prize of $100 will be awarded for best composition in either category written by a composer studying at secondary school or equivalent in 2013.

    The adjudicators reserve the right not to award a prize in any of the three categories.

  10. Winners will be announced at the Auckland Viola Convention 7th- 8th June, 2014 (date to be confirmed). The winning, highly commended compositions and entries from composers who attend the weekend will then be performed in a workshop setting.
  11. Results will be published in the next issue of the ANZVS Journal after the prize-giving.
  12. Printing and Copyright
    Though the copyright of their work remains with the composer, it is a condition of entry that the composers of the winning works (with the composer’s real name acknowledged) allow the
    ANZVS to publish the works in the ANZVS Journal.
  13. Manuscripts and Photocopies
    Manuscripts and photocopies will be retained to be used in workshops at the Auckland Viola Convention. At all times copyright remains with the composer.

Closing date: competition entries are to be received by Friday 9th May 2014.

Auckland Regional Parks Artist in Residence 2014

The 2014 residency will be at either Tawharanui Regional Park or Scandrett Regional Park (the artist selected chooses which site they go to).

An artist’s fee contributes to costs and free accommodation is offered in a beach-side bach for two months; mid Oct –mid Dec 2014.

It is open to all (NZ) artists, working in any medium but artists must create new work related to living in the park and share back some of their work with the public/park visitors 

For all information about this residency and application forms please go to www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/artsAIR_2014_A6_E_CREATE

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.

Call for Works: The Auricle

The Auricle sonic arts gallery is currently calling for proposals from sound artists/artists working with sound for its inaugural gallery programme for 2014. Situated in Central Christchurch, this artist run space has been established by the Cantabrian Society of Sonic Artists (CSSA) with funding from the Creative Industries Support Fund and Creative New Zealand and is the South Island’s only dedicated sonic arts gallery.

As a small artist-run gallery (4m x 6m – see plan), The Auricle is suitable for individual or small group shows. It is currently applying for funding to install an ambisonic surround system, but in the interim can offer artists stereo (and possibly quad) playback, video screening and an Apple Mac Mini Server. It will assist with the install of sound works and endeavour to accommodate the technical requirements of exhibiting artists as much as it can, but any equipment it is unable to source and extra set up costs will need to be covered by the artist’s funding.

The Auricle supports and promotes all its exhibitions through local and international media, as well as a launch event at the space. Every exhibition will be accompanied by a specially curated list of wines matched to it at The Auricle’s wine and sound bar downstairs, which is the first of its kind in the world.

While the call for submissions is ongoing, we are encouraging artists who wish to be considered for the first part of the year’s programme to contact us by 11th December 2013. All submissions should be made to the CSSA’s curatorial panel at exhibit@auricle.org.nz.

Please include:

  • Your contact information (Name, Email Address, Phone Number, City/Country of Residence)
  • Your CV and a brief bio/artist statement
  • Title & project description
  • Approximate duration of work

for an online version of this call, see http://auricle.org.nz/call-for-works/

From TWO ensemble

TWO is a music ensemble consisting of Drake Mabry, Turkish ney and Maria Dorner-Hofmann, recorders (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Paetzold ). Our music combines elements of both Eastern and Western musical styles and our repertoire includes Medieval, Contemporary, Bulgarian and Turkish traditional music and jazz. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the Turkish ney has been associated with the recorder in this way. I have enclosed two photographs of our duo.

Our website is: www.two-music.com

We had a successful concert tour last May in Germany and Austria and recorded our latest CD and downloadable album in Eggenfelden, Germany. The downloadable album features six premieres by François Rossé, Stéphane Bonneau and myself. You can see this program at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drakemabrymariadornerhof

We thought your readers might be interested in knowing about us and also that we are currently looking to contact composers who might be interested in writing for this original and unique East meets West instrumental combination.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you know of any interesting composers that might be interested in our ensemble.

all the best,

Drake Mabry and Maria Dorner-Hofmann


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.