Choirs Aotearoa announces Compose Aotearoa!

From Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand:

Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust (Choirs NZ) is home to the three national choirs Voices NZ Chamber Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir and New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir. For over four decades we have benefitted from and contributed to the creation of new New Zealand choral works. With this competition we aim to encourage the development of choral writing in New Zealand and provide a high quality performance opportunity for these works. We invite submissions for choral works suitable for performance by any one of the three choirs.

The rules are attached and works can be submitted through our website here: Compose Aotearoa!

Deadline for submission is 5.00pm November 10, 2020 with winners announced November 30.

NZ Opera: Voices of Aotearoa 6:24

Voices of Aotearoa 6:24 is an exciting new opera project that invites emerging and experienced artists to explore what it might be like to create an opera.

The project will comprise six teams each featuring an opera singer, an instrumentalist, a composer and a writer. It is our intention that these teams reflect as widely as possible the diversity of our culture, musical heritage and geography.

Each team will work together to develop a narrative outline, identify a moment of song within this narrative and collaborate utilising their specific skills to realise the writing, composition and performance of the song.

Specialised input from New Zealand Opera will contribute to the development of a rich dialogue around the subject of what opera is and what it might be.

Are you an opera singer, instrumentalist, writer or composer who is keen to learn about creating opera? We invite you to send in your expression of interest by filling out our application form.

Details on NZ Opera’s website.

Wellington Jazz Festival announces four exciting jazz commission opportunities

Submissions are now open for four new jazz commissions by New Zealand composers to be presented at a re-scheduled Wellington Jazz Festival, 1822 November 2020.

We know Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on musicians, technicians and many of the Festival’s regular music venues, bars and eateries across the region and country. In response, the Festival has reshaped its planned programme, shifted it to Spring, and is putting its resource and energy into ‘loving local’ – bringing audiences the finest homegrown jazz live in Wellington’s best music spots.

As well as playing at the Festival, one way we can support artists is to invest in them to create new music. This year, we’re providing an increased number of composition and performance opportunities for Aotearoa-New Zealand jazz composers and musicians.

Made possible by support from Creative New Zealand and Todd Corporation, a fee of between $10,000 and $12,500 for each commission will be awarded to composers to create a new piece of jazz music that will premiere at the Wellington Jazz Festival in November. The Festival is committed to inclusion and developing and celebrating the sounds of Aotearoa, and at least one commission will be awarded to a Māori composer.

Submissions are open now and close 5pm, Friday 3 July. The commissions are open to New Zealand-based citizens or residents and will be selected by a panel of jazz experts.

Full details on the Jazz Festival’s website.

CSO CompositionLab

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra is delighted to let you know about CompositionLab.  

CompositionLab is a three-part workshop where selected composers work in an in-depth manner with a CSO conducted ensemble to read and revise a sketch of a composition and test out new ideas.

This is a great opportunity for graduates or postgraduate students of composition to test out their musical ideas, develop them in conjunction with experienced professional musicians. Mentoring is available from established composers Chris Cree Brown (Winner of the 2010 APRA Silver Scrolls Contemporary award) and UC Head of New Music Reuben de Lautour if requested. 

Over three 3-hour sessions in September, up to four composers will be able to revise, test and try out their sketches of new compositions during readings with a conducted ensemble.

It is not necessary to submit a completed composition; in fact, we highly recommend you submit a work in progress that you would like to develop.

Orchestration available: single instruments: 1/1/1/2/0 1111.1111 timp, perc, harp

Notes on orchestration:

1.   Woodwind doubling is available.

2.   Percussion instruments will be played by one player only. Available instruments include:

  • Bass drum
  • Snare drum
  • Suspended and crash cymbals
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Tam Tam
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone

Other percussion instruments can be requested for inclusion but is permitted at the discretion.

The workshops will take place in the Ron Ball Studio in the CSO Centre, Christchurch Town Hall over three weekends in September.

  • Friday 4 September       7–10pm
  • Saturday 5 September   1–4pm
  • Saturday 26 September  1–4pm

After the last workshop, there will be an informal performance in the Ron Ball Studio.

Applications close at 5pm 27th March.

If selected composers are based outside of Christchurch, the CSO will provide domestic flights.  Accommodation is at participants’ own expense.

For more information, please contact Head of Community Engagement Cathy Irons at cathy.irons@cso.co.nz or on 03 943 7797 ext. 2007.

Apply for CompositionLab

ISCM/ACL Festivals Social Media Update

The 2020 ISCM World New Music Days Festival will take place in Auckland and Christchurch, 21 – 30 April, coinciding with the Asian Composers League Festival in Christchurch from 28 April – 2 May.

This is the first time in ISCM’s 98-year history that World New Music Days has been hosted in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We cannot wait to bring you new music composed within the last 10 years by composers from 50 nationalities, international music leaders, composers and ensembles, an array of exciting New Zealand works, as well as performances by New Zealand’s top musicians including the APO and CSO.

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Call for Conference Proposals extended to 12 February

The deadline for the Conference (“Music Ecosystems”) attached to the ISCM 2020 World New Music Days has been extended to 12 February. CANZ members in particular are warmly invited to submit proposals. Visit the website https://www.iscm2020.nz/conference for further information and the submission process.

Music Ecosystems Conference: Auckland, New Zealand

24–25 April 2020

Open Call for Proposals

As part of the ISCM 2020 World New Music Days we invite proposals for papers/presentations that reflect on our changing music ecosystems, and may coincide with one or more of the following themes:

  • musical villages
  • music and the environment
  • the musical globe
  • sustainability
  • dislocated musics
  • internationalism and music
  • musical (r)evolutions

Papers on topics outside these areas, but falling within the scope of the general theme, are also invited.

Proposals should be submitted via the festival website https://www.iscm2020.nz/conference by Friday 7 February 2020.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed by two members of an assessment panel convened by ISCM President, Assoc Prof Glenda Keam. Submitters will be advised whether their proposal has been accepted by Friday 28 February. Note that both formal and informal presentation styles are welcome. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with a further 10 minutes discussion.

Please note: Select conference papers/presentations will be invited for publication in the new online platform Naxos Musicology International (accessible via the Naxos Music Library). Contributions may of course be edited and revised by authors for the purposes of publication.

If you have any questions, please get in touch on info@iscm2020.nz

Ngā mihi nui,

Claudia Ruff
Festival Co-ordinator
ISCM 2020 World New Music Days & ACL Festival
info@iscm2020.nz

University of Otago Philip Neill Memorial Prize 2020

Established in 1943 and first awarded in 1944 to Douglas Lilburn, the Prize is awarded annually for excellence in original composition.

The competition is open to all past and present students of the universities of New Zealand and in 2020 is valued at $1500.

2020 topic and requirements

Compose a work for mezzo soprano, violin and piano using any text or texts.

  • You may substitute piano with electronic backing track or live electronics.
  • The work may be divided into more than one song, or may be a continuous piece.
  • The work should be between 10–15 minutes in duration.
  • The work should be written for professional musicians but must not be unreasonably difficult technically.
  • Please include a MIDI recording with the full (physical) musical score.

Please note these requirements should be read in conjunction with the Prize Regulations, available here as a PDF document.

Applications close with the University on 1 July 2020.

All related enquiries can be made to: scholarships@otago.ac.nz.

The 36th ACL Festival Young Composers Competition

The Asian Composers League Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand invites works from composers under the age of 30 (born after 2 May 1990) for string trio: violin, viola and cello (or 2 violins and cello). Works should be under 6 minutes in duration.

Please submit your scores to CANZ, who will select one composer representative, and send required materials (see below) to president@canz.net.nz before 23 December 2019

By submitting works to this Call, composers are agreeing that if their work is selected for performance/presentation then they grant automatic permission for the ACL performance/presentation of their work to be recorded, broadcast, and streamed from the website without additional financial liability to the ACL or the Festival Organisers. 

INFORMATION REQUIRED for each Work to be submitted is:

  1. The composer’s personal and contact information: Given names; Family name; Name as it should appear in the programme; Date of birth; full Mailing address; Gender; Phone no.; email address; website (if applicable).
  2. Work information: Title; Submission Category; Accurate duration; Year of composition; Statement of whether the work has been previously performed.
  3. The score (.pdf document preferred), or audio/video documentation if the work does not have a written score – as described in the Work Categories.
  4. An audio or video recording of the work (if available).
  5. Programme notes for the submitted work in English (maximum 100 words).
  6. Technical rider specifying all equipment necessary to perform the work.
  7. Short biography of the composer in English (maximum 100 words).
  8. High-resolution digital photograph of the composer.

Call for works: Asian Composers League Festival 2020

We are pleased to announce the official Call for Works for the Asian Composers League Festival 2020. Member organisations are invited to submit scores/projects for the festival, taking place in Christchurch from April 28 – May 2, 2020. For detailed information about the Call for Works, see iscm2020.nz/acl-2020.

CANZ members should email their submissions to president@canz.net.nz no later than August 31, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered. Submissions will only be accepted from CANZ Members. Individual submissions will not be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: A separate call for the ACL Young Composers Competition will be issued in early September.

The 2020 ACL Festival will overlap with the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World New Music Days, which begins in Auckland on 21 April 2020. Composers wishing to attend the ACL Festival are encouraged to also attend the ISCM World New Music Days: iscm2020.nz.

IN GENERAL

Priority will be given to works shorter than 12 minutes in duration, and to works written since 2012. Only one work per composer may be submitted.

The composer may offer to supply traditional instrumentalists/vocalists as additional elements in works submitted for categories 4, 5 and 8, however any such supplementation must be at the composer’s own cost. In such case, the name and contact details of the performer must be supplied at the time of submission, and their availability for performance in the festival already agreed.

By submitting works to this Call, composers are agreeing that if their work is selected for performance/presentation then they grant automatic permission for the ACL performance/presentation of their work to be recorded, broadcast, and streamed from the website without additional financial liability to the ACL or the Festival Organizers. 

INFORMATION REQUIRED for each Work to be submitted is:

  1. The composer’s personal and contact information: Given names; Family name; Name as it should appear in the programme; Date of birth; full Mailing address; Gender; Phone no.; email address; website (if applicable).
  2. Work information: Title; Submission Category; Accurate duration; Year of composition; Statement of whether the work has been previously performed.
  3. The score (.pdf document preferred), or audio/video documentation if the work does not have a written score – as described in the Work Categories.
  4. An audio or video recording of the work (if available).
  5. Programme notes for the submitted work in English (maximum 100 words).
  6. Technical rider specifying all equipment necessary to perform the work.
  7. Short biography of the composer in English (maximum 100 words).
  8. High-resolution digital photograph of the composer.

WORK CATEGORIES

1. Solos

Solo works for piano, violin or viola (1 performer), or percussion (1 performer) – glockenspiel, vibraphone, pr bongos, suspended cymbal, large tam-tam, kick drum, concert bass drum, triangle, woodblock, cowbell and auxiliary percussion or found objects that would fit on a trap table.

2. Duos

Works for violin or viola (1 performer) and percussion (1 performer) – glockenspiel, vibraphone, pr bongos, suspended cymbal, large tam-tam, kick drum, concert bass drum, triangle, woodblock, cowbell and auxiliary percussion or found objects that would fit on a trap table.

Works for violin or viola (1 performer) and piano.

3. Taonga Puoro

Taonga puoro soloist, with/without flute/piccolo soloist (information sheet available).

4. Piano Trio

Violin, cello, piano.

5. String Quartet

2 Violins, viola, cello.

6. Chamber Ensemble

Works for 3–10 players, instruments drawn from the following list: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion (1 performer), piano, violin, cello, double bass.

7. Orchestra

3 fl (II=picc, III=picc,afl). 3ob (III=corA). 3cl (III=bcl). 3 bn (III=cbn). – 4hn. 3 tpt. 2tbn. 1 btbn. 1 tuba – 3 perc. 1 timp. 1 hp 1 pno – strings (10/8/6/6/5).

8. Electroacoustic

Electroacoustic music for fixed media or live electronics, with up to 16 channels, in a surround-sound arrangement of two 8-speaker rings.

9. Audiovisual and Installation Works

For gallery/exhibition presentation (i.e. non-concert presentation). Some installations may be positioned in an outdoor environment. Preference will be given to works that bear some relationship to the theme of Music Ecosystems.

Please submit an artist CV in English (up to 2 pages), .pdf description of the work (500 word max), a list of equipment and installation materials, and online support material (2 examples of work). Short-listed applicants will be contacted for additional materials.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Glenda Keam (Festival Director, and President of the ISCM)
Samuel Holloway (Associate Director – Artistic)
Chris Gendall (CANZ President, and ExCom member of the ACL)

CONTACT
president@canz.net.nz