The NZCF-SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition was introduced by the New Zealand Choral Federation to mark the third millennium, with a trophy presented by NZCF Auckland Region. The competition is run in conjunction with SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and awards a prize for the best choral piece composed by a New Zealand secondary school student.
The adjudicator in 2021 will be Andrew Baldwin.
The SOUNZ-NZCF Te Reo Māori Choral Composition Award was introduced in 2021 and the aims to encourage young composers to write choral settings of texts in Te Reo Māori. The winning composer will receive a cash prize and a trophy, kindly donated by SOUNZ, in the form of a beautiful pūtōrino carved by taonga puoro player and maker Tāmihana Kātene. Click here to read more about the SOUNZ-NZCF Te Reo Māori Choral Composition Award.
The adjudicator in 2021 will be Robert Wiremu.
Entries for both competitions is FREE and will close on 21 May 2021.
Note that students may submit a maximum of ONE entry in each of the competitions.
The results of the 2020 NZCF-SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition for secondary school students are:
1st place: Georgina Palmer (Nelson College for Girls): "A Music Everywhere".
2nd = place: Emily Gambrill (Rangi Ruru Girls' School): "The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me" and Niki Sun (Westlake Girls' High School): "The Smile".
Highly Commended: William Squire (Westlake Boys' High School): "Storm".
Commended: Heloise Hildreth (Nelson College for Girls): "Chariot of Fire" and Joshua Langford (Wellington College): "Agnus Dei.