New Music for Harp - Composition Competition

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The University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music and The Harp S
30 Nov 2013
Waikato, National
Work type
Work classification
Music, Performing Arts


The University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, in conjunction with The Harp Society of New Zealand, is pleased to announce a competition for a new composition for harp.

The winning composition will be performed as part of New Zealand’s contribution to the World Harp Congress to be held in Sydney in July 2014.

A first prize of NZ$1000 will awarded to the winning entry by the Harp Society of New Zealand. Two merit prizes may also be awarded. Award winning entries will be performed at the University of Waikato in 2014 prior to the World Harp Congress.

Closing date: entries must be received by midnight 30th November 2013.

Full scores together with indicative or mockup audio files are required.


• The composition must be written for pedal harp and must not have previously been performed in public nor entered into other competitions.

• The work may be for solo harp, or harp plus one or two other instruments.

• The composition must be of at least four minutes’ duration and no longer than eight minutes. It may take any musical form.

• It must be an original work, not an arrangement or arrangement of another work.

• A composer may enter more than one work, but only one prize will be awarded to any one individual.

• The competition is open anyone who has New Zealand residency at the time the entry is submitted.

• Composers will retain copyright of their works, but winning entries will be regarded as available for public performance without additional fee.

• The adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Martin Lodge, Associate Professor of composition in the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato. Other panel members are Michael Williams, Senor Lecturer in composition at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Waikato; Ann Griffiths (Wales), board member of the World Harp Congress, composer, harp historian, composer and writer; Brynmor Williams (NZ) harpist, member of the HSNZ; and Carolyn Mills, principal harpist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

• The decision of the judging panel is final.

Key skills

See Job Description for details

How to apply

Entries should be submitted either in hard copy to:

Harp Composition Competition

Conservatorium of Music

University of Waikato

PB 3105

Hamilton 3240

New Zealand

or electronically (email with Sibelius or pdf files preferred) to : - with subject title ‘Harp Composition Competition’.

Competition enquiries: email with subject title ‘Harp Composition Competition’

Technical questions about the harp and its performance techniques may directed to Helen Webby

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