We are excited to announce that applications for the National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence position in 2022 are now open.

Please fill out this form to apply.

You will be asked to provide contact details, a cover letter, and a short proposal, which can be a written abstract or musical notation. You may also include a portfolio of works and any other supporting information, if you choose.

This is an opportunity to write for full orchestra (3333 — 4331 — Timp+2 — Hp — Strings) on stage, without soloists, amplification, or electro-acoustic elements.

The Composer-In-Residence will write a 10-minute piece for orchestra which will be included in the 2022 NYO season. The winner will also receive a small financial prize.

Applicants must be a New Zealand resident and 30 years of age or younger on 31 December 2022.

Applications are due by 11.59pm, 31 August 2021.

• Entrants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen
• Composers must be 30 years of age or younger as of 31 December 2022
• Submit a portfolio of previous works, with links to 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.
• The proposal and supporting materials must be digital PDFs

If you are considering non-standard performance practises or stage layout, please email education@nzso.co.nz with any questions in advance of your submission to ensure a strong application.

2021 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence

Ihlara McIndoe is our 2021 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence.

Ihlara is a composer, pianist and music educator based in Ōtepoti, Dunedin. She completed her Bachelor of Music at Otago University in 2019 studying piano with Terence Dennis and composition with Anthony Ritchie and Peter Adams, with additional mentorship from Mozart Fellows Chris Gendall and Dylan Lardelli.

Her compositions have been performed or workshopped in New Zealand and Australia by artists including the Argonaut Ensemble, Mark Menzies, Nathaniel Otley, Dylan Lardelli, the NZSO, NZ Trio, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Otago Symphonic Band, and the Dunedin Youth Orchestra.

In 2020, Ihlara was selected as an Inspiring Explorer with the Antarctic Heritage Trust and travelled to Antarctica to collect audio recordings to inspire future composition. For the remainder of 2020 and going into 2021, Ihlara has worked on a community engagement project around the theme of exploration and preservation, drawing from her time in Antarctica as inspiration. Ihlara would like to thank the Antarctic Heritage Trust for their support.

In 2019, Ihlara was a featured young composer at the Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music (BIFEM) as part of the Reo Hou future voices New Zealand programme, with a performance of her work Sehnsucht. She has been awarded first place in University of Otago Lilburn Trust Composition Competition in 2016, 2017, and 2017 for her works Duo for Violin and PianoAn Incomplete List of Things I Can Qualify, Quantify, and Query, and Mutual Assured Destruction, respectively. She was a finalist for the NZ Trio Impetus competition with her work (ir)rationality in 2019, and a finalist in the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Award in 2018 and 2019 for her works Ārohirohi and petrichor.

Ihlara is also completing a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of the Arts (Hons) in Gender Studies. She has a keen interest in intellectual property within contemporary music, as well as gender equity issues and gender representations in music.