Wakatipu Music Festival Commission for mixed ability ensemble and choir

A collaboration between the 2022 Wakatipu Music Festival and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.


In April 2022, the participants of the Wakatipu Music Festival will be performing together at the Queenstown Memorial Centre in Queenstown. This commission is an opportunity for a composer to create a work of 7-8 minutes featuring the combination of community musicians, young artists, and professional festival artists. The resulting work will need to have separate parts at various appropriate levels to combine an SATB choir with orchestral instruments of varying developmental stages.

The commission is also open to arrangers, provided the original source material is not under copyright or the arranger obtains all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.

Call for proposals

Proposals for the commission from New Zealand composers should be emailed to info@sounz.org.nz by 9am Monday 22 November 2021. All applications will be forwarded to a panel facilitated by SOUNZ, and the winning proposal will be announced in early December.


– The compose rmust have an interest in musical pedagogy and writing for beginner and adult amateur players
– The work should be 7-8 minutes in length
– The instrumentation should have a minimum of nine instrumental parts(for high, medium and low-pitched instruments at ‘easy, ‘medium’ and ‘advanced’ capability
level), plus parts for an SATB choir
– The text must be in the public domain OR permission obtained from the copyright holder by the composer OR written by the composer
– The deadline for the score and parts is 9am Monday 14 February 2022
– The performance will be on Monday, 18 April 2022, at the Queenstown Memorial Centre

The composer will receive a commission fee of $5,000 and this will be split into two payments of $2,500 each – the first of which will be paid upon the awarding of the commission, and the final payment of $2,500 will be paid upon successful completion of the commission and delivery of all scores and parts by the due date.

Travel and accommodation expenses for the composer are subject to funding approval and cannot be guaranteed at this time.

The attached form must be accompanied with the application, which should include

– a biography and CV of the composer
– A portfolio of two existing works by the composer, including scores in PDF format and recordings in mp3 format (if available)
– a short written proposal for the commission (no more than 500 words), including an indication of how the composer intends to create a work which integrates the community and professional abilities of the festival musicians

Composers are welcome to contact SOUNZ for further information in relation to this project at info@sounz.org.nz.

Please visit www.wakatipumusicfestival.co.nz for more information about the festival.