SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra | Te Tono Mahinga a SOUNZ mā te Rāngai Puoro me te Rāngai Puoro Taiohi a Sistema 

A collaboration amongst SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings – Sistema.

In May 2020 Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings will be giving a performance at the Walter Nash Stadium in Lower Hutt. This commission is an opportunity for a composer to create a work of 4-5 minutes featuring the combined forces of Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings. The resulting work will need to have separate parts at an appropriate level for Arohanui Strings and be suitable for a concert that will include popular songs, arias and overtures.

Arohanui Strings is a Sistema-inspired music education programme based in Lower Hutt. The selected composer is expected to work closely with the group throughout the rehearsal process.

Call for proposals

Proposals for the commission from New Zealand composers should be emailed to by 9 am Tuesday 29 October 2019. All applications will be forwarded to a panel facilitated by SOUNZ, and the winning proposal will be announced in the week beginning Monday 4 November 2019. Download the project guidelines and submission form here.

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The composer will receive a commission fee of $2,000 and this will be split into two payments of $1,000 each – the first of which will be paid upon the awarding of the commission, and the final payment of $1,000 will be paid upon successful completion of the commission and delivery of all scores and parts by the due date.

NB. There will be no additional reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation expenses.

Composers are welcome to contact SOUNZ for further information in relation to this project at