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  • Rachael Morgan

  • Born: 1983


Rachael Morgan’s compositional interests lie in the nature of sound and timbral nuances.

Recent pieces include a new work for Ensemble Reconsil Wien; from a fixed point commissioned by 175 East; Matahourua, for bass clarinetist Richard Haynes; and lithe turning, black azure for three cellists, premiered by Okta.

In 2008/09 Rachael was the recipient of the Edwin Carr Foundation Scholarship, allowing her to further her composition studies in the UK and Europe. She attended Guadeamus Music Week, Strasbourg Musica, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and the Darmstadt International Summer School for New Music, where she had lessons with Marco Stroppa, Isabel Mundry, and Misato Mochizuki.

In 2009 Rachael spent six months studying with Fabio Cifariello Ciardi at the Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia and participated in a two-day composition workshop with Ivan Fedele in Italy.

Her works have been performed in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe by groups including 175East, SMP ensemble, Okta, GateSeven, and renowned soloists. Her music was performed in Lubeck, Germany, as part of the Neue Musik Aus Neuseeland festival and will be part of Ensemble Reconsil’s Exploring the World project in Austria, 2013.

Further pieces have been workshopped by the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Stroma, and the Nelson Composers Workshop. Concert FM Radio NZ, have broadcast a selection of Rachael’s works and interviewed her for Upbeat’s Postcards Home series.

Rachael completed her BMus in Composition at Waikato University, studying with Martin Lodge and Michael Williams. She then went on to study at Victoria University of Wellington, receiving her MMus (Distinction) under the tutelage of Michael Norris.

Rachael is a member of the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and has written articles for their yearbook Canzona. She contributes reviews for the online arts journal The Lumière Reader and has edited scores for publication by Score and Waiteata Music Press.

Source: Rachael Morgan, January 2012

Selected Works

...and yet, not for flute and cello  
from a fixed point for chamber sextet  
lithe turning, black azure for three celli  
Mata[hou]rua for bass clarinet  
Unfold for guitar and 3 or more unspecified instruments  


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