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Cheryl Camm, GMusRNCM(hons), MMus(hons), Dip Tchg, DMus.

Cheryl Camm was born in Worksop, England, and travelled to New Zealand in 1987, after completing an honours degree in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She has since completed Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees (both specialising in composition) at Auckland University.

Cheryl has been employed as a lecturer and tutor in composition, theory and orchestration at Auckland University. She has also worked extensively as a composer in schools, and in 1993+4 was employed by the Arts Council of New Zealand as their Composer In Schools, firstly in Auckland, then Dunedin. She has developed many teaching and composing programmes to assist students of all ages with their own compositions, and has presented workshops throughout New Zealand for teachers keen to include creative music-making in their programmes. During 1996, Cheryl was the Mozart Fellow (a fellowship for established composers) at Otago University in Dunedin, and not only to composed several pieces requested of her by various performers, but also continued working in schools around the Otago region. During the year she won the Philip Neill Memorial Prize for “The Burns Songs” (soprano, clarinet and cello) and was commissioned by Pocket Opera of Wellington to produce a short opera, premiered in their 1997 season “Opera Bites”. From 1998 to 2002, Cheryl worked in a primary school in Brisbane, Australia as a music and arts specialist, but maintained links with New Zealand through researching and writing teaching resources for the Centre for New Zealand Music, and by composing several choral pieces for New Zealand schools.

Cheryl is currently resident in Northumberland, England. Recent projects have included composing a song cycle with drama and dance for school children in Sunderland about their local river entitled “Winter Wear”, working with senior citizens and a poet at The Sage Gateshead to produce a song cycle about the participants’ lives, and producing a Stravinsky Week extravaganza in a local primary school the culmination of which were performances by all 300 children in the school of three of that composer’s most famous ballets.

Source: Cheryl Camm, June 2007

Selected Works

Address to the Toothache For bass and chamber ensemble  
Banana Fanfare for SSA choir  
Golden Rain Baby for soloist and/ or 4 part womens choir and melody instrument  
Hodie Christus Natus Est Christmas anthem for TTBB chorus and TTBB semi-chorus  
Manukau for unison choir, melody instrument, percussion and piano  
Motu Puketutu for unison choir (some divisi) with bass instrument and percussion  
No-Umbrella Blues for unaccompanied SATB choir  
Tam O'Shanter for baritone, SATB chorus and instruments  
The Two Sisters a chamber opera  
Three Burns Songs for soprano, clarinet and cello  

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