The appointment is jointly funded by the New Zealand School of Music, and Creative New Zealand (subject to annual confirmation) with additional sponsorship from Dr Jack Richards. It has been created to foster New Zealand musical composition by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure. Applicants should be composers of proven merit and be New Zealand citizens or hold New Zealand residency. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University or Massey University (Wellington campus), or have been employed by Victoria University or Massey University (Wellington) 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 residency within the previous twelve months are not eligible (this does not include recipients of grants). In extenuating circumstances, the panel may waive this restriction.

Tenure and Terms

The appointment will be for twelve months from 1 July 2008 to 31 June 2009. The appointee will be resident in Wellington for that time and will be attached to the New Zealand School of Music. While there is no obligation of formal teaching, some contribution is expected to be made to Victoria University and to the New Zealand School of Music’s cultural and academic life, in a manner appropriate to the personal strengths and preferences of the appointee, in agreement with the Head of School. Victoria University will provide access to administrative, library and other facilities.


Salary is expected to be NZ$45,000-$50,000 for the twelve-month period + 8% holiday pay to be paid when the term of appointment ends. Limited assistance may be given towards payment of travel and removal expenses, but neither the University nor Creative New Zealand can provide living accommodation. However, in collaboration with the Lilburn Residence Trust, the former home of Douglas Lilburn at 22 Ascot St. Thorndon, is available for the appointee’s use, at a modest rental, for the term of the residency.

Further Information

Further enquiries may be made to Jack Body, New Zealand School of Music, tel 04 4635853, fax 04 4635157 or email

Apply online at

Call for Scores – piano solo

Composer/pianist Ross Carey has been selected to be part of the International Composing Womens’ Festival to be held in Beijing in April, 2008. This is a co-production between the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) and the China Conservatory of Music (CCM) and features women (and the odd male) composers as well as students, musicologists, educators, performers and conductors. He will perform a concert of recent works for solo piano and is calling for scores from other New Zealand composers – women as well as men as the festival is also open to male composers and performers.
Scores should reach Ross before October 20, 2007, either by pdf format sent to:
or in hard copy mailed to
c/o 23 Epuni Street, Lower Hutt 5011.

Call for Submissions for 2008 NZSO-SOUNZ Readings

Following two very successful sessions of NZSO-SOUNZ Readings in May and September this year, SOUNZ is now calling for submissions from composers who would like their orchestral works to be considered for either of the two Readings sessions planned for 2008.

A submission for and information sheet can be downloaded by clicking here [pdf: 638kb] or contact SOUNZ if you would rather we sent one to you by mail.

Deadline for submissions: a full score and completed form: is 5pm, Friday 14 December 2007. The Reading sessions planned for 2008 are on May 5,6 in the Wellington Town Hall and September 2,3 in the Michael Fowler Centre. Composers may express a preference for either of these sessions with their submission.

NZSO NYO Composer-in-Residence Award – 2008

  • Entry Procedures
  • Applications must be registered by sending the completed entry form by 7 December 2007. Entrants will then receive an acknowledgement of their application.
  • Entrants should submit the orchestral score to the NZSO NYO Manager no later than Friday 7 March 2008. Orchestral parts need not be sent at this stage.
  • Requirements
  • Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen.
  • Composers must be 25 years of age or younger on 20 August 2008.
  • Maximum 5 minutes duration.
  • All entries must be submitted in computer generated format on unbound single-sided A4 paper. A complete instrumentation listing must be provided at the beginning of the score as well as the duration.
  • One entry per person, work to be for full symphony orchestra without soloists; concert opener, overture/fanfare type.
  • Maximum instrumentation is as follows:
    3333 4431 timpani 4 percussion 2hp 1 keyboard (cel or pno) strings (including piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet and contrabassoon)
  • The entry must be a fully original work, not previously offered to any other organization. It must not have been performed in rehearsal, concert or workshop.
  • If the work is selected the composer must provide one single-sided A4 copy of the score and each part by Thursday 1 May 2008. A programme note, biography (about 250 words) and photo should be sent to the NZSO NYO Manager no later than Monday 2 June 2008.
  • The NZSO NYO reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not adhere to these requirements.

You can download an application form here [pdf 243kB] or for more information contact:
Pascale Parenteau
NZSO National Youth Orchestra Manager
P.O. Box 6640
Wellington 6015
Tel: 04 80 1890
Fax: 04 801 3891
Mobile: 0275 745 293

Call for Scores

Hong Kong will be hosting a mini-festival of contemporary music in October 2008 called Musicarama 2008.
Musicarama is an annual showcase of new music performed by local and international ensembles. This year’s theme is ‘Asian Modern Music’ featuring new works by composers of the Asia Pacific region, performed by the distinguished Ensemble TIMP from Korea, Chinese folk instrumentalists, a hand bell ensemble and 2 treble choirs from Hong Kong.


Call for Scores (open to all composers of ACL)
Event: Musicarama 2008 (A Showcase of Asia-Pacific Modern Music)
Date: October 2008
Venue: Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
Organizer: Hong Kong Composers’ Guild (ACL-Hong Kong Section,
Score Selection Panel: Hong Kong Composers’ Guild Council, Ensemble TIMF,
Hong Kong Hand Bell Academy

Category 1 – any pieces written in the last 10 years for at least 4 musicians within the following instrumentation: flute, clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello & double bass (Ensemble TIMF from Korea,
Category 2 – any pieces written in the last 10 years for 1 or 2 Chinese instruments and at least 4 musicians within the instrumentation of Category 1
Category 3 – any pieces for hand bell ensemble (Hong Kong Hand Bell Academy,, no more than 16 musicians)
Category 4 – not-too-difficult pieces for treble choir (a primary-school choir). The lyrics shall be in English, Chinese, or both
Category 5 – not-too-difficult for treble choir and hand bell ensemble

Submission Deadlines
December 3, 2007 (for Categories 1 & 2)
January 7, 2007 (for Categories 3 to 5)

All scores shall be accompanied by information on the composers’ contacts (email, address, etc.), programme notes, short biography, optional recording
(if any), and shall be sent to :
Musicarama 2008 Secretariat, c/o RhapsoArts Management Ltd, Room 1103, 11/F., Albion Plaza, 2-6 Granville Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, HONG KONG.

Members who are attending the ISCM-ACL2007 festival next month are welcome to bring along the scores from your National Sections to Hong Kong in person. There is no limit of number of the scores one can submit.