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Choral Connect for Composers

Composers of all levels are warmly invited to Choral Connect, a conference for composers and choral conductors, that will be held at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland from Saturday 8 to Wednesday 12 July 2017.

Registration for the conference includes specific sessions for composers, led by the internationally-acclaimed Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds and New Zealand composer Leonie Holmes (University of Auckland). In these sessions, topics such as compositional techniques related to choral music will be discussed, giving opportunity to look at the challenges and pitfalls of writing for the vocal ensemble. There will also be a session on conducting for composers and open discussion forums.



Some reasons to attend this national conference:

  • Learn from master composers Ēriks Ešenvalds (Latvia) and Leonie Holmes (Auckland, NZ)
  • Create networks with conductors and singers for future performances
  • Observe our national choirs in action; in rehearsal and performance
  • Learn about the choir as an instrument called from every perspective
  • Attend daily composer sessions which offer:
    Technical issues around writing for choir
    an exploration of the conductor/composer interface
    panel discussions
    the inside view of choral rehearsals, including selected compositions
  • Have your burning questions answered.

Further information about the conference and the entry/composition submission form can be found on the Choral Connect website.

Download the Choral connect for composers submission form.

Composers who attend Choral Connect will have the opportunity to have their composition workshopped either by the New Zealand Youth Choir (directed by David Squire) or a specially-formed conference choir. Two of these compositions will then be performed and recorded at the public concert with the New Zealand Youth Choir and New Zealand Secondary Students Choir on Wednesday 12 July.

The work should be scored for an SATB choir of approximately 50 singers and between 3-5 minutes in length. Composers are encouraged to submit an a capella work although submissions with accompaniment, including piano and organ, will be considered. While we are not placing restrictions on the date of composition, preference will be given to recent compositions or those that have not yet had public performance. Composers are responsible for ensuring the text is free from copyright restrictions.

It is expected that composers selected for the workshops will be registrants at the conference and a special Early Bird student rate of $269 has been extended to 6 June 2017. A limited number of bursaries are available for students in financial need. Composers outside of Auckland will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Composers will be asked to submit: a PDF of the score, as well as a short biography and programme notes (100 words max for each). An additional audio or Sibelius file should also be included if possible. The deadline for submissions by 6 June 2017. The online Choral Connect registration form must also be completed.

While the emphasis on this conference is for student and emerging composers, we also encourage composers with more experience to take part – your involvement in discussion across the conference will be invaluable.

For any assistance, please contact Cathryn Wyllie (Operations Manager) at cathryn.wyllie@nzcf.org.nz, tel 021 977 905 or 09 292 9442.