Community project with members of the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus chosen as the 2020 SOUNZ Community Commission | Te Tono Mahinga ā-Hapori a SOUNZ.
The winning project for this year’s SOUNZ Community Commission | Te Tono Mahinga ā-Hapori a SOUNZ will see composer Jessie Leov work with the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus to create a work which is accessible to, and can be performed by, the majority of women’s community choirs in New Zealand.
The anonymous project donor selected the winning proposal by Leov, who said:
“I’m very grateful to have been selected for the SOUNZ Community Commission this year. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the Nelson Bays Harmony Chorus to compose a piece for a cappella SSAA choir.
This vibrant women’s chorus sings a range of different styles of vocal music, has singers of all backgrounds and skill levels, and is open to being explorative both creatively and musically. I’m excited to work with the chorus throughout the creative process to create a new choral work that really resonates with this group.”
The SOUNZ Community Commission | Te Tono Mahinga ā-Hapori a SOUNZ brings together New Zealand professional composers and community groups to create and perform a new work. It was established in 1999 and has resulted in works for diverse groups such as a community group for young people with learning disabilities, community choirs, experimental sound artists, youth orchestras and children’s theatre.