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September 2023

CANZ Composer Workshop: Closing Concert

Saturday 2 September 2023,
Ron Ball Studio, Christchurch Town Hall,
(enter via CSO Centre, Colombo Street Dock)
Koha entry

Local audiences are welcome to join the 2023 cohort of the CANZ Composer Workshops for a showcase of new NZ compositions to celebrate the end of the event. The repertoire will include a range of pieces that have been workshopped during the three-day event.
Performers will include:

  • Jake Kīanō Skinner (taonga puoro)
  • Angela Mote-Andrews (taonga puoro)
  • Hannah Darroch (flute)
  • David McGregor (clarinet)
  • Mark Menzies (violin)
  • Johnny Chang (viola)
  • Jeremy Garside (cello)
  • Reuben de Latour (piano)
  • Justin DeHart (percussion)
  • Nathaniel Otley (conductor)

August 2023

CANZ Composer Workshop: Opening Concert

Thursday 31 August 2023,
12-1 pm,
Ron Ball Studio, Christchurch Town Hall,
(enter via CSO Centre, Colombo Street Dock),
Koha entry

Ōtautahi audiences are invited to attend the opening lunchtime concert of the 2023 CANZ Composers Workshop, being held for the first time in Christchurch! This is a unique opportunity to hear rarely-performed contemporary works in an up-close setting: the Ron Ball Studio, home of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The programme includes an artful selection of chamber works by NZ composers Salina Fisher, Gillian Whitehead, and Gareth Farr; and works by renowned international composers Kaija Saariaho and Liza Lim. The performers are a collective of musicians from the faculty of UC’s School of Music, the CSO, Auckland, and Dunedin.

  • Hannah Darroch (flute)
  • David McGregor (clarinet)
  • Mark Menzies (violin)
  • Johnny Chang (viola)
  • Isaac Shatford (violin)
  • Jeremy Garside (cello)
  • Reuben de Latour (piano)
  • Justin DeHart (percussion)
  • Nathaniel Otley (conductor)

The 2023 CANZ workshops have been made possible with support from the Nicholas Tarling Trust, Lilburn Trust, APRA, Christchurch City Council, and the University of Canterbury.

March 2023

SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra | Te Tono Mahinga a SOUNZ mā te Rāngai Puoro me te Rāngai Puoro Taiohi a Sistema 

A collaboration between SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings – Sistema.

In October 2022 Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings will be performing together at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. This commission is an opportunity for a composer to create a work of 4-5 minutes featuring the combined forces of Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings. The resulting work will need to have separate parts at an appropriate level for Arohanui Strings.

Arohanui Strings is a Sistema-inspired music education programme based in Lower Hutt. The selected composer is expected to work closely with the group throughout the rehearsal process.

Call for proposals

Proposals for the commission from New Zealand composers should be emailed to by 5pm Monday 4 April 2022. All applications will be forwarded to a panel facilitated by SOUNZ, and the winning proposal will be announced mid-April 2022. Download the project guidelines and submission form here.

The composer will receive a commission fee of $2,000 and this will be split into two payments of $1,000 each – the first of which will be paid upon the awarding of the commission, and the final payment of $1,000 will be paid upon successful completion of the commission and delivery of all scores and parts by the due date.  The composer will also receive one return airfare to Wellington from within New Zealand to attend a workshop with Arohanui Strings.

NB. There will be no additional reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation expenses.

Composers are welcome to contact SOUNZ for further information in relation to this project at


The Gipuzkoan Provincial Council and MUSIKAGILEAK (Basque-Navarrese Association of Composers) are organizing the 17th “Pablo Sorozabal” International String Quartet Composition Competition. The aim of the competition is to foster composition for string quartets by encouraging younger composers to write original works.

-The competition is open to composers of any nationality or origin born after 1st January 1987.

-Works must be original and written for a string quartet.

-The deadline for entering scores expires on 30th September 2023.

-There is a single prize of 3,000€ net plus diploma.

-The winning score will be premiered by Cikada Quartet in the contemporary music series at the 85th Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight and subsequently included in the 15th “Musikagileak” Contemporary Music Circuit.


The LAMISA is currently accepting students for its 2023 season.  We are only accepting 20 students and priority is given to students who apply early. Our past editions were extremely successful, and I invite you to visit our website to see testimonials, photos, and videos.

Participants will:

  • Work in Paramount Recording Studios located in Hollywood with live musicians,
  • Learn Engineering, Production, Management, Songwriting, and Film Scoring,
  • Study with Grammy nominated professional faculty who have careers working in LA,
  • Be considered for professional part/full-time internships in LA and its various studios.

Scholarships are available and all applicants are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. More information regarding scholarships can be found on

Would you be willing to share this information with your students and colleagues?  Please have them contact me should they have any questions.

More information can be found at:


11th edition of the Festival Internazionale di Musica di Savona

The music association Ensemble Nuove Musiche is organizing a competition aimed at new compositions. The winning pieces will be performed as part of the 11th edition of the Festival Internazionale di Musica di Savona.

Information can be found here:


February 2023

ISCM World New Music Days 2023 Call for Works is open now!

Deadline: 11:59pm Friday 10th of March, 2023.

Email submissions with all information required to

This year’s festival will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from November 24th – December 3rd. As the Aotearoa New Zealand section of the ISCM, CANZ can submit up to 6 works across at least four categories. Priority will be given to works no longer than 10 minutes, and composed after 2013, with the highest priority to works composed after 2018.

Unfortunately, this is only open to composers who did NOT have a work performed at the Aotearoa-based 2022 ISCM Festival. If you did have a work performed and would like to submit a work, you may make an individual submission at

More information has been emailed to all current members. For any questions regarding submissions, contact

The Austrian Section of ISCM is preparing a second symposium on “100 Years of ISCM”
to be held in Vienna from 8-10 November 2023.
On November 9, there will be a concert by the ensemble NAMES entitled “dystopia”,
jointly organised with Wien Modern, to be followed by performances in Salzburg and Innsbruck.

On that occasion, the ensemble NAMES and the Austrian Section of the ISCM are looking for scores.
Details can be found in the link below. The submission deadline for scores is February 12.

December 2022

The Composer Woodshed is a unique and highly targeted initiative designed to provide focused research and development opportunities for composers.
Up to three composers are selected to spend two days workshopping their concepts with an ensemble, and in conversation with one another. They are encouraged to use this time to experiment and explore, for creative development with no expectation of writing a piece.
The programme is for composers who have completed tertiary studies, though proposals from composers at all career stages will be considered.

Applications for Composer Woodshed 2023 with NZTrio are now open.
The 2023 edition will be held in Auckland on 1-2 May.
This call closes on 1 February 2023.



November 2022

The University of Illinois School of Music and Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community announce the 27th Annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award.

The 2023 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award


Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, as well as faculty and currently enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the award.


Awards: First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in the fall of 2023 on the 27th Annual Martirano Award Concert on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.


Judges: A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions.


  1. Medium:  Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (all instruments and/or vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible. Recordings of scores are encouraged but not required. The submitted composition may have already been performed, recorded and/or published. The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials at no cost to the award upon request.


  1. Duration: 20 minutes maximum.


  1. Limit: One entry per composer.


  1. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online before the composer can submit their music. After you submit your entry fee, you will receive a confirmation email with the link for submitting your score and recording. All major credit cards are accepted. The winners’ award fees, as well as the panelists’ fees, the concert and reception expenses, and those for the resulting concert recording, are funded entirely by the generosity of each composer’s $20 submission fee.
  2. Anonymous Submission:  The composer’s name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online. Only the pseudonym for the composer is to appear.


  1. The winning composers are expected to attend the award concert and reception and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The composers do not have to attend the award concert to be eligible for the award, but we do encourage their participation in the event. We hope that award winners will view this experience as a positive addition to their biographies and recording archives and come to the concert to forge new relationships with other professionals.


Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 10, 2023 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).


For more information and to submit scores go to:

October 3, 2022

Dear Composers Association of NZ

We are excited that our annual competition Compose Aotearoa is now in its third year! Submissions close on October 3, 2022.

We would greatly appreciate you spreading the word to your members.

A reminder to read the rules of entry, which include:

  • One entry per person per year, to one category;
  • If you have won a category in the previous year, you are not eligible to enter that category the following year;
  • Choral works must have a minimum divisi of four parts (SATB);
  • Submitted works should not have been published or publically performed. No arrangements of existing works will be considered.
  • Submitted scores must not include the composer’s name but should clearly state who wrote the text. If the composer wrote the text, please state “text by composer”.

And a further reminder that all pieces submitted receive written feedback from our judging panel.

Thank you for your help to spread the word!

Anna Bowron

Manager | New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir

Choirs NZ Outreach Manager


NZSSC | New Zealand Secondary Students Choir
New Zealand Youth Choir | Te Roopu Rangatahi Waiata o Aotearoa
Voices New Zealand

+64 (0)4 499 0692, +64 (0)21 113 4520,