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Now in its thirteenth year, the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Awards is an exciting opportunity for young New Zealand composers to have their work recorded by the NZSO. This year the selected young composers will have an amazing opportunity to work with the world renown composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan.

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Selected 2017 TODD Corporation Young Composers Award:

Craig Drummond-Nairn

Alan Mackwell

Nathaniel Otley

Joshua Pearson

Isaac Shatford

Kirsten Strom

Daniel Sun

Sam van Betuw



Submitted works are assessed by a panel of industry professionals, and those selected for the awards will be flown to, and accommodated in Wellington for the duration of the workshops, recordings and awards. The students selected will also participate in industry seminars and instrument workshops. The best overall composition will win the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award. The composer receives a cash award of $750.


  • Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen
  • Composers must be 25 years of age or younger as of 1 July 2017
  • Maximum duration of 5 minutes
  • Work to be for full symphony orchestra without soloists
  • Maximum instrumentation is as follows: 3333 4331 timpani +2 percussion harp strings (including the following woodwind auxiliary instruments: piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet and contrabassoon).
  • One entry per person
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed application formAll entries must be submitted as digital PDFs.
  • Applications should also be accompanied by a short composer biography, as well as programme notes for the work.  All this information should be provided in the score file.
  • A complete and accurate instrumentation listing must be provided at the beginning of the score as well as the duration.
  • Composers should note that if used, any non-standard items such as string practice mutes will need to be provided by the composer.
  • NZSO reserve the right to ask composers to revisit any composition that includes extended techniques that may damage instruments.
  • Revisions to the submitted score won’t be accepted.



1 May

Deadline for applications and scores

1 June

Applicants informed of panel’s decision

10 July 

Workshops with composer mentor Sir James MacMillan

1 September

Deadline for providing parts and scores to the Library

23 and 24 November

Residency in Wellington