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NZCF-SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition
This 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 2022 was Anthony Ritchie. Read Anthony's biography here.

2022 Results:

1st Prize - William Squire, Westlake Boys' High School, for "Flames"
2nd Prize - Matilda Faamausili, Westlake Girls' High School, for "After the Winter"
3rd Prize - Elyanna Tuballa, Rotorua Girls' High School, for "In the Eye of the Storm"
Highly Commended - Emilie Murphy, Westlake Girls' High School, for "Hope is the thing with feathers"
Highly Commended - Sophia Zhang, Westlake Girls' High School, for "Annabel Lee"
Commended - Freya McKeich, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, for "Song of the Sky"
Commended - Kessia Neal, Marlborough Girls' College, for "Lost Serenity"
Commended - Stephanie Zhou, Westlake Girls' High School, for "Silence"


SOUNZ-NZCF Te Reo Māori Choral Composition Award
This award, initiated by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, was introducted in 2021 and 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 taonga, kindly donated by SOUNZ, in the form of a beautiful pūtōrino Te Pūoho Ki Te Rangi carved by taonga puoro player/composer and maker Tāmihana Kātene. 

The adjudicator for 2022 was Reuben Rameka. Read Reuben's biography here.

2022 Results:

1st Prize - Estella Wallace, Christchurch Girls' High School, for "Ka Mate Te Reo | Te Reaka Kotahi"
2nd Prize - Bella Allan-Moetaua, Westlake Girls' High School, for "Mā Te Ra"
3rd Prize - Mariana Sola, St Catherine's College Wellington, for "Ehara Taku Toa"

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