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

The NZSO are now accepting applications for the 2020 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 July 2020 National Youth Orchestra course.

To apply you need to submit a portfolio, including a full biography, examples of previous works with recording(s) if you have them, a cover letter including your contact details with date-of-birth, 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 as on 31 December 2020.

Applications to be received by 16 August 2019. Please email your applications to   

Glen Downie is our 2019 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence.
Glen was commissioned to compose a 10-minute work for the concert NYO Celebrates, which was held on July 2019.

Glen Downie5

Glen Downie is a Wellington based composer who holds a Master of Musical Arts from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, where he studied under Michael Norris and Dugal McKinnon. Past teachers have included John Psathas, Kenneth Young and Gao Ping. He has been a finalist in the 2014 NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award, a co-winner of the NZ Trio's inaugural composing competition (2015), and won multiple prizes from the NZSM, including three second placings in the composers competition, the 2015 Jenny McLeod award, and the 2017 Matthew Marshall Prize for guitar composition.

He has had performances by the Intrepid Music Project, Stroma, Te Kōkī Trio, and the SMP Ensemble of which he is co-director. In 2016 he was selected to participate in the Palendriai International Composers Course in Lithuania, and also created a soundtrack (along with Christopher Wratt) for Sonya Lacey's video installation Infinitesimals.

2017 saw the première of his orchestral work ‘Hot Coals’ by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, which was also selected for the Tactus Young Composers Forum, Belgium, where it was workshopped by the Brussels Philharmonic, alongside a workshop and concert by Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles of ‘Swing Set’.

Also a keen free improvisor on saxophone, he has played with Jeff Henderson, Christopher Wratt, Pyramid Lake (an improvised quartet with Rob Thorne, Simon Eastwood and Dexter Stanley-Tauvao) and regularly worked with large groups of improvisors, the latest an instalment of the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra series.

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