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  • Carol Shortis

  • Born: 1960

Biography

Carol Shortis grew up in Essex, UK. She moved to New Zealand in 1990 and lived on Waiheke Island, where she raised a family as well as running several successful businesses. She has been involved with community singing for many years, but only recently pursued a more formal musical education, studying at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. Although a latecomer to composition, she quickly made up for lost time, winning a number of scholarships and awards. In 2006 she won the national Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music for The Riddle of her Flight, and the Swedish Radio Choir recently performed Tangi at the ISCM World New Music Days in Sweden. In 2008 she was elected as a committee member of the Composers Association of New Zealand and is currently the treasurer for that organisation, and co-convener of the CANZ Nelson Composers Workshop. Her compositional output tends towards choral and vocal music, and she has written and arranged works for a number of ensembles and choirs in Wellington, including Baroque Voices, Nota Bene, the Festival Singers, and the Wellington Community Choir. She currently works as a freelance composer and arranger, administrator and choral director.

Source: Carol Shortis, May 2010

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