We’re delighted to announce our 2014 Composer in Residence is Sarah Ballard. Sarah Ballard completed a Masters in Composition in 2013 under the tutelage of Associate Professor John Elmsly and Dr Leonie Holmes. She was Composer in Residence for the 2013 National Youth Orchestra Summer Residency and wrote a piece for a mixed quartet for members of the orchestra. Sarah has had works performed by the SMP ensemble, The Karlheinz Company, Estrella (2 pianos, 8 hands), The Committee and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout her studies, Sarah was winner of the University of Auckland’s 2012 Llewelyn Jones Piano Prize and the Douglas Lilburn Trust Award. During this year she was also the winner of the NZSO Todd Young Composers Award, of which she was also a finalist of in 2011 and the current year.
Sarah is currently interested in the use of timbral processes to create musical form, which she views as a largely intuitive method of working. A keen singer, Sarah is a member of the Auckland Chamber Choir, directed by Karen Grylls and was previously a member of the Auckland Youth Choir. Future projects include a piece for the Chamber Choir. Her mentor for the 2014 NZSO National Youth Orchestra commission is Eve de Castro-Robinson.
Could you be the next NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence?
The NZSO are now accepting applications for the 2015 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence position.
The commission for the Composer-in-Residence will be to write a 10 minute piece for the opening of the mid-year 2015 National Youth Orchestra programme.
To apply you need to submit a portfolio of previous works, with recording(s) if you have them, a cover letter including your contact details and DOB, and a short proposal for what you might do with the commission (text or notation).
You must be a New Zealand resident and under 30 years of age.
Applications to be received by Friday 1 August 2014
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
- Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen
- Composers must be 30 years of age or younger as of 31 December 2015
- Submit a portfolio of previous works, with recording(s) if you have them.
- All entries must be accompanied by a cover letter including your contact details and DOB, together with a short proposal for what you might do with the commission.
- All entries should be submitted as digital PDFs
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