Auckland Choral is Auckland’s symphonic choir. For its concert series in 2020, it is offering two awards for student compositions - one for secondary school and one for tertiary age students. A prize in each category is offered for the best work, as selected by an adjudicator nominated by the choir’s management committee. The choir will schedule the winning works during 2020.
1. The work should be written for a symphonic choir (around 100 voices).
2. The work will be for SATB choir (with limited divisi of parts) and organ. Vocal ranges should be suitable for a choir consisting largely of community singers.
3. The duration of the work will be no more than 5 minutes.
4. The work should use a text by a NZ poet or writer. The text should be related to NZ nature, or history, or a specific place in our country. Obtaining copyright permission for the text is the responsibility of the composer.
5. The score should be laid out using conventional choral formatting. Care should be taken with word underlay. In the case of the winning work, the submitted score should be ready for duplication. Composers grant the choir permission to make further copies for performance at no additional fee.
6. Submitted works should not have been performed or published previously.
7. Copyright on the music is retained by the composer. The composers of the winning works will allow Auckland Choral to present the premiere performance of the pieces. The winning composers will be expected to attend the premiere although no additional financial support is likely to be available for composers attending from outside Auckland.
8. Entries are to be submitted anonymously. The score should have a nom de plume in place of the composer’s name. The score will be submitted electronically (as a PDF file) with an accompanying email giving the title of the work, the nom de plume used on the score, and contact details. An audio file of a computer realisation (MP3 preferred) may also be included with the submission.
9. Composers must be a New Zealand citizen, or normally resident in New Zealand.
10. Two prizes are offered:
(i) one prize of $500 for students currently (2019) enrolled at a secondary school (or if home-schooled, of secondary school age)
(ii) one prize of $750 for tertiary age students with an upper age limit of 26 years as at 31 December 2019
11. The choir reserves the right to make no awards if scores do not reach a satisfactory standard.
12. Deadline for entries is 20 March 2020 (updated date).
13. Entries, and any queries, should be sent to: