The winner of the Anthony Ritchie Prize for 2024 is Clara Satherley with her piece, “Through the Mountain Way”. Congratulations Clara! Professor Anthony Ritchie announced the winner on RNZ Concert’s Three to Seven program with Bryan Crump. Listen again to the interview here.

Here’s what Clara, a University of Otago student and violinist for the DYO, had to say: “Through the Mountain Way follows the journey through a mountainous pathway. Though the travel is treacherous, it betrays unforgettable views of the landscapes below. I look forward to working with the DYO and am extremely grateful for this opportunity!”

Anthony described Clara’s composition as being very atmospheric and beautiful, and the DYO very much look forward to performing it at our 2024 Semester 2 Concert in September. We hope to see you there!

Composition Prize Winner: Clara Satherley


A big thank you to everyone who attended our recent concert held at the University of Otago. Well done to the orchestra and soloist Ayla Biner-McGrath, kudos to conductor Natasha Manowitz and thanks to all of the support group working behind the scenes. A review of the concert published in the Otago Daily Times can be read here.

Soloist: Ayla Biner-McGrath