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

    Harp Composition Competition

    The University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, in conjunction with The Harp
    Society of New Zealand, is pleased to announce a competition for a new composition for harp.The winning composition will be performed as part of New Zealand’s contribution to the World Harp Congress to be held in Sydney in July 2014. A first prize of $1000 will be awarded. For more information go to:
    Deadline: 30 November 2013


    The RIGA Professional Symphonic Band announces the International Composers’ Competition WINDSTREAM 2014 with the motto “Feel Bach, Continue Bach, Discuss with Bach”. The competition will take place in collaboration with the Riga 2014 Foundation – the organizer of the European Capital of Culture Year in Latvia.

    The competition has no age, nationality or citizenship restrictions. According to the Competition Regulations the participants must submit their original compositions no later than on August 30th, 2013 (postmarked).

    The competition consists of three rounds. The final round will take place on April 19th, 2014 at the Riga Great Guild Hall; the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band will give live performances of all compositions selected for the final round, judged by the competition jury. Altogether three prizes will be awarded.
    Detailed information on the competition, the Competition Regulations and application forms are available at

    The Lucerne Festival Academy, 2013

    The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY – Celebrating its first decade

    17 August – 9 September 2013


    Master Class in Conducting

    Master Class for String Quartets

    Composer Project / Roche Young Commissions

    Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ensemble intercontemporain, Chaya Czernowin, Jack Quartet, Dieter Ammann, Carolin Widmann, and many more…

    Through daily rehearsals and master classes, participants in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY will work on contemporary orchestral, ensemble, and chamber music repertoire by an exciting range of composers, including Olivier Messiaen, Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Pierre Boulez, Claude Vivier, Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky, Luciano Berio, Béla Bartók, and others. Each participant’s work will be supervised by internationally acclaimed conductors, composers, and musicians. Academy participants will perform the works which they have prepared in several concerts that are part of the programming for LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer, which attracts a remarkably diverse international audience. Along with its official concert programs, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY offers participants several other platforms through which they can experiment with innovative concert formats and performance concepts.

    There is no fee for active participation in the LUCERNE FESTVAL ACADEMY Orchestra. Travel, accommodation, and meals, as well as scores and instrumental parts, are provided by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY.

    For further information please contact:

    2013 Martirano Composition Award

    The deadline for online submissions for the 2013 Martirano Composition Award is April 1, 2013. Please publish this for the composers in your organization. For more information and to submit scores, please go to

    Call for Scores – 31st ACL Conference & Festival 2013 in Singapore

    Conference and Music Festival Dates: September 20-24, 2013

    Singapore Conference Hall, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS

    Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company, Festival Chamber Ensemble, Philharmonic Winds, Singers, Festival Percussion Group, T’ang Quartet

    All required materials should be received by CANZ by 1 April 2013.
    Each ACL country shall select a Young Composer Representative under the age of 30 (born after 20 Sep, 1982). The deadline for the Young Composers’ Competition will be announced in a separate call for scores.

    Conditions for submissions
    The applicant whose composition has been selected to be performed in the festival needs to provide a score and parts at no charge, and is responsible for clearing all performance-related rights of the piece.

    Although submissions from composers throughout the world will be accepted, priority will be given to composers who are current members of any of the ACL Member Country organizations (such as CANZ), or are Individual or Associate Members of the ACL (please see the Asian Composers League website for a full list of these members).

    Composers who are current members of any of the ACL Full or Associate Member Organisations, or are themselves Individual or Associate Members of the ACL do not need to include an entry fee.

    Non-members must include an entry fee of US$10 (max. of 2 works), made out to the Asian Composers League (please contact for more information). Preference will be given to works that are in some ways engaged with Asian musical traditions and concepts.

    Each composer from the ACL Member Country organization may submit up to 2 works of different categories for the festival. Submitted works should preferably be composed in or after year 2001. Any compositions previously performed at any ACL music festival cannot be submitted to this festival.

    All submitted material is non-returnable.

    What and how to submit
    Applicants should send all the required materials and a signed Application Form to CANZ. No entry fee is required.

    The following are required with each submission:
    • A bound score.
    • Sound recording of the notated work, if available.
    • A recent photo of the composer, a biography (150 words), and programme notes (150 words) on a CD.
    • For electroacoustic compositions, one score or guide and the system plan must be submitted.


    31st ACL Festival Submission
    PO Box 4065
    Wellington 6140