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Judith Exley


Born: 1939


Judith Exley was born in Rawene, New Zealand in 1939. She trained as a teacher and after raising a family began to indulge her fascination with non-western music, exploring the forms from Indonesia and Japan. This led her to study for a degree in music at Victoria University in Wellington, which she completed with Honours in 1990.

She is one of the founding members of the Wellington Gamelan community and has written compositions for Gamelan ensembles.

She lives in Petone, near the sea, and has taught flute and composition in schools in the greater Wellington area. In her own compositions she enjoys working texturally to create evocative soundscapes.

Composed (8)

A Song of Marigolds

for soprano and gamelan orchestra, 10m

Four Small Songs

for soprano and piano, 5m


for flute with electro-acoustic processing, 9m


for orchestra, 10m


for gamelan, 10m

Not or Nis

for gamelan and voice, 4m 36s

Regina Caeli

an arrangement for choir and gamelan, 2m 38s

Performances (1)

Gamelan Aotearoa

Experience gamelan at the National Library with Wellington's __Gamelan Padhang Moncar__, introduc...