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Composer in Residence

Job details

Victoria University of Wellington
1 Dec 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification


  • Full-time, fixed-term (10 months) position for a Composer-in-Residence
  • Are you an established composer working in any genre who have a track record of substantial compositional activity for years?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

The Creative New Zealand/NZSM Composer-in-Residence is a 10-month position for established composers working in any genre (including classical composition, jazz composition, sonic arts, taonga puoro composition, etc) who have a track record of substantial compositional activity over a period of years.

The position is fully funded by Creative New Zealand, with the NZSM as the host organisation. This position fosters and expands the New Zealand musical landscape by providing an established composer with the opportunity to write full-time for the period of tenure. The Lilburn Residence in Thorndon is normally made available to the Composer-in-Residence for a low rental ($120–150 p/w).

Ō pūmanawa - About you

The selection committee will comprise at least 3 members of the composition staff of the NZSM, plus one external expert. The committee will base their decision on the artistic standards and track record of the applicant, as evidenced through a CV and portfolio of representative works, as well as the potential of the proposed works for the residency to make a significant contribution to New Zealand music.

Please also see the accompanying documents:

1) Instructions for Applicants CNZ NZSM Composer in Residence 2022

2) Role Description - CNZ NZSM Composer-in-Residence 2022

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

The New Zealand School of Music -Te Kōkī (NZSM), Victoria University of Wellington, has the breadth and depth of music study available nowhere else in New Zealand. NZSM is situated in Wellington, the arts capital of New Zealand, and we offer the highest standards of excellence in professional music fields (including classical performance, composition, jazz, music therapy, musicology, and ethnomusicology), and bring an international standard of music education to New Zealanders.

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Michael Norris, Programme Director (Composition), NZSM at

Applicants should follow all steps listed below:

  1. Download and complete the University Application Form.
  2. Click the ‘Apply Now' button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your application document in the online form (see 'Instructions for Applicants' for information about the application materials required)
  3. For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:
  4. Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email. Email completed the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to along with any further supporting documents stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Wednesday, 1 December 2021.

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