The NZCF/SOUNZ Choral Composition Competition, introduced by NZCF to mark the third millennium, with a trophy presented by NZCF Auckland Region, is run in conjunction with The Big Sing National Finale and 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 this year was Christopher Marshall.
Christopher Marshall is a freelance composer based in Orlando, Florida. His music for choirs, orchestras, wind ensembles and chamber groups is performed around the world. He is the recipient of many international commissions. Born in Paris, France of New Zealand parents and educated in Australia and New Zealand, he holds a Master of Music degree with Honours from Auckland University, a Fellowship in Composition from Trinity College London, and a Teaching Licentiate in Piano from the same institution. He was Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago for 1994 and 1995 and Fulbright Composer in Residence at the Eastman School in New York in 1996-7.