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SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra 2024
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SOUNZ Commission for Orchestra and Sistema Youth Orchestra 2024

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music in collaboration with Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings – Sistema.

In November 2024 Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings will be performing together at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

This commission is an opportunity for a composer to create a work of up to 4-5 minutes featuring the combined forces of Orchestra Wellington and Arohanui Strings. The resulting work will need to have separate parts at an appropriate level for Arohanui Strings. Arohanui Strings is a Sistema-inspired music education programme based in Lower Hutt.

The selected composer is expected to work closely with the group throughout the rehearsal process, including attendance at at least one rehearsal leading up to the performance and to be present at the dress rehearsal and performance on 9 November 2024.

Nau mai, tono mai! Call for proposals

We welcome proposals for the commission from Aotearoa New Zealand composers. We encourage all experience levels and backgrounds to apply, and proposals for compositions can include traditional melodies and musical forms.

The proposals should be emailed to by 5pm Monday 25 March 2024.

All applications will be forwarded to a panel facilitated by SOUNZ, and the winning proposal will be announced in mid-April 2024.

Download the project guidelines and submission form here

The composer will receive a commission fee of $2,000 and this will be split into two payments of $1,000 each – the first of which will be paid upon the awarding of the commission, and the final payment of $1,000 will be paid upon successful completion of the commission and delivery of all scores and parts by the due date. The composer will also receive one return airfare to Wellington from within New Zealand to attend a workshop/rehearsal with Arohanui Strings.

NB. There will be no additional reimbursement for travel and/or accommodation expenses.

Composers are welcome to contact SOUNZ for further information in relation to this project at