Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music

Closing Date: 1 July

The Prize is awarded annually for excellence in original composition and is valued at $1500.

The competition is open to all past and present students of the universities of New Zealand

The topic for 2016 is to compose a piece for cello and piano OR cello solo OR cello and electronics. You must submit a score as well as a MIDI recording of the work.

The work must be at least eight minutes and not more than eighteen minutes in duration.

More information

Australasian Double Reed Society Composition Competition

Deadline date: 31 July 2016 (Delivery Deadline)

Date held: October 2016

Location: Sydney, Australia

Total prizes: AUD $1,000 and performances.

Entry restriction: Open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or students attending an Australian or New Zealand school or university. Only one submission per entrant accepted.

Work duration: Up to five (5) minutes.

Further Details

The Australian Double Reed Society is a not for profit organisation which promotes and enhances the knowledge of double reed instruments. In honour of its 20th Anniversary, and to facilitate collaborations between composers and performers, the ADRS NSW branch will be holding a composition competition. They would like to encourage and develop new Australasian works which engage with idiomatic characteristics of solo double reed instruments, with a level of difficulty no higher than AMEB Grade 7, in particular works suitable for students studying for their Year 12 Music performance exam.

See the ADRS website Composition webpage for detailed information, terms and conditions, and application form.

Opera Factory’s Winning Workshops

The Opera Factory in Auckland are workshopping new works by New Zealand composers on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April:

Winning Workshops – An early evening Demonstration

An informal presentation of excerpts from the winning entry and four other finalists from our short chamber opera Composition Contest.

Sunday 17 April 5.30pm – 7pm;

At the NZ Opera Technical Centre 107 Neilson Street, Onehunga. Auckland.

General entry $20 by donation/Koha. Light refreshments will be served with a chance to meet and mingle.

Phone us on 09 921 7801 or 021 529 127 or simply reply on this email – to secure preferential seating.

The programme will be guided by the jury panel Philip Norman of Christchurch, Rosemary Barnes and Stuart Maunder (NZ Opera) and also introduce the composers.

This demonstration will feature excerpts from ‘The Illustrious Stranger’ (winning entry by Professor John Drummond of Dunedin) and other excerpts from finalists Claire Scholes (Live Drag), Graham Parsons (The Help Desk), Richard Francis (The Remarkable Rocket) & Ben Hoadley (Miss Brill).

Singers include Emma Sloman, Kerry Scurr, Catherine Reaburn, Helene Holman, Rosemarie Brown, Christina Orjis, Kelly Harris, Maeve Herd, Patrick Kelly, Clinton Fung, Mark Covich, Edward McKnight, Adrian du Toit, Arthur Adams-Close and Timothy Burrell accompanied by pianists Grace Francis and Gemma Lee.

Also for your interest: ‘Winning Workshops’ – split sessions on all 5 works will be held over the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April from 10.30 to 4.30pm each day.

Singers will informally explore the new works alongside the composers and project panellists with open feedback.

Observers are welcome at any of these informal open workshop sessions at any times of both days ($10 koha/donation on arrival).

The weekend of workshop sessions and the concluding demonstration will also have limited door sales available.

International Study of Women Composers

The Creative Workforce Initiative (Curtin University, Western Sydney University, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) are currently undertaking research to understand the challenges and opportunities facing women composers.

Very little is known about the working lives of composers and we know even less about composers who are women.
This makes it hard to advocate for changes to funding, education and support. This study will create a unique picture of work. The “evidence” it creates will start to achieve these aims.

The group is looking for participants to commit to three medium-length surveys. The second and third of these will be informed by what is received in the first survey. It is important to commit to all three.

How do I get started?
Follow this link, or copy and paste the URL below into your Internet browser, or email us for a hard copy or email attachment to be posted out to you.

If you have any questions and/or you can help us circulate the study, please contact Dawn Bennett at or +618 9266 4482.