A look back at the year 2016

15 Dec 2016 14:30

PictureSOUNZ Executive Director Diana Marsh looks back at the year…

Dear Friends,

With our second year in Creative New Zealand’s Toi Tōtara Haemata arts leadership programme coming to an end, I am again excited and impressed by the contribution our funders, partners, staff and supporters have made to New Zealand music being heard wide and loud.

Through our work we have engaged with a variety of arts organisations and presenters, composers and musicians, music educators and more, again demonstrating the strengths of New Zealand music in our community.

Some of the highlights from this year include:

•    NZ Composer Sessions (formerly NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings)
•    SOUNZ Community Commission re-introduced into our annual programme
•    SOUNZ Contemporary Award
•    Resound Films and Recordings
•    Collaboration with Screen Composers Guild to present workshops
•    Open Stage with Chamber Music New Zealand
•    Inaugural SOUNZ Brass Composition Prize
•    Establishment of SOUNZ Māori panel

Congratulations to the SOUNZ team who have all contributed to making these projects a success.

I would like to thank Roger Smith who stepped in as Acting Operations and Project Manager while I had to reduce my hours due to unexpected family circumstances. We have really enjoyed having Roger as part of our SOUNZ team.

On an organisational level it has been a year of changes for SOUNZ governance: we farewelled Kate Mead from SOUNZ Board of Trustees and were delighted to welcome Brendan Smyth to the Board.

What will 2017 bring to us? The SOUNZ team are looking forward to more engagement with our communities, more NZ music heard around the country and beyond.

Thanks for a great year.

Please note: The SOUNZ office is closed for Christmas from Friday 23 December 12pm until Monday 9 January 2017. You can make purchases online, though packaging & postage will be processed from 9 January and we will not be able to answer any enquiries during the closure period.




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