General comments by the adjudicator, Leonie Holmes
I was hugely impressed with the quality of all the scores entered for this SOUNZ Choral Composition Award. The variety in musical style was great to see – ranging from Whitacre-like swells of sound to Pärt-like austerity; from folk tune influenced to barbershop. Some were a cappella, others accompanied by a variety of instruments. In all cases an understanding of what works for voices and the love of group singing was evident.
Congratulations to all the entrants! I hope you all keep composing and that the comments you receive on these pieces will help you along the way.
Read more about Leonie Holmes.
Megan Younger (Nelson College For Girls) for Dover Beach
Zoe Psathas (Wellington East Girls’ College ) for Lux Aerterna
Blake Nicholson (Westlake Boys’ High School) for Oh, the places you’ll go
Gemma Christall (Nelson College For Girls) for Moonlit Dance
Nicolas Davey (Burnside High School) for Stay at Home
Sid Chand (Saint Kentigern College) Surrexit Dominus Vere
The winner, Megan Younger, will now be invited to receive her award at The Big Sing Finale at which (we hope) her winning entry will be performed by one of The Big Sing finalist choirs.