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Salina Fisher 2015 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer in Residence


Composer in Residence

We’re delighted to announce our 2015 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer in Residence is Salina Fisher.

Salina Fisher was born in Christchurch (1993) and currently lives in Wellington, studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Instrumental/Vocal Composition at the New Zealand School of Music under the tuition of Prof. John Psathas and Michael Norris.  She is a former student of Dr. Patrick Shepherd and Chris Cree Brown.

She completed a BMus in Composition and Classical Performance Violin in 2013, and is a casual player in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She has had her works performed/recorded by ensembles including the NZSO, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, and the Lazarus String Quartet.

In 2014, Salina received the NZSO/TODD Young Composer Award and Orchestra’s Choice Award for her work ‘Blushing Skies’. She was also the winner of the TODD Young Composer Award in 2013 for “Shadows of the Mind”.  She is the 2014 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra ‘Rising Star’, and has an upcoming Chamber Music NZ commission for the Mimosa Ensemble’s 2015 regional tour. This year her works have been performed at the National Finals of the BIG SING, the Intrepid Music Project (Auckland), and the Nelson Composers Workshop concert. During her studies, she has received two Lilburn Trust Composition Awards, the Wellington City Council Music Prize for Composition, and the Clare Galambos-Winter Undergraduate Scholarship in Violin Performance through the NZSM.

International performances of her works include a performance of ‘Silhouettes’ for string quartet in Germany by the Lazarus String Quartet, and a performance of two piano pieces at the 2008 Beijing International Congress on Women in Music, by pianist Ross Carey. Her current project for solo viola has proposed performances in New York by violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish.

As a performer, she has been the Concertmaster, Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra during her five years as a member of the orchestra to date. Salina was selected for the NZSO Fellowship Scheme in 2012 and was a finalist in the New Zealand School of Music Concerto Competition in 2013. She has performed as a casual player in the NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, and the HawkesBay Orchestra. Salina has been in the winning group of the Secondary Schools’ Chamber Music Contest National Finals three times (twice as a violinist and once as a pianist) and has a DipABRSM in Piano Performance.

Salina is extremely grateful to have been selected as the 2014 recipient of the J C Richards Postgraduate Music Scholarship through the NZSM and as the current recipient of the Erika Schorss Gifted Violin Award through the NZSO.

Could you be the next NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence?

The NZSO are now accepting applications for the 2016 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence position.

The commission for the Composer-in-Residence will be to write a 10 minute orchestral work for the opening of the mid-year 2016 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 30 years of age or younger.

Applications to be received by Monday 3 August 2015


  • Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen
  • Composers must be 30 years of age or younger as of 31 December 2016
  • 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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