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Josie Burdon


Born: 1980


Josie Burdon has been composing since high school. Her choir director wanted a New Zealand piece for her choral group to perform at The Big Sing competition, so she wrote something, and has been churning out a choral piece roughly once a year since. Some of her compositions, including Manakohanga (Acceptance) and Atapo feature aspects of Te Ao Māori, including Te Reo and Poi.

Studying under Ross Harris, Jack Body and John Psathas at Victoria University, Burdon has since begun teaching music in Napier high schools. Subsequently, she has connected with some great choir directors around the country.

Currently, Josie Burdon is the head of the music department at Tamatea High School in Napier, Hawkes Bay.

Composed (4)


for SSA choir and guitar, 3m


for girls' choir, 3m

Manakohanga (Acceptance)

for kendang, poi and voices, 4m

When I First Asked For My Whakapapa

for voice and piano, 3m 25s

Recordings (1)

Agus and Friends - CD