In 2011, the Dunedin Youth Orchestra proudly announced a new award for young composers. This is an annual award for an orchestral composition with prize money donated by the former Audrey Reid Charitable Trust. The DYO is pleased to be able to support young composers in our community.
The aim of the Audrey Reid Composition Prize is to foster and encourage orchestral composition for Youth Orchestras by local composers of a similar age. Entrants should be currently resident in Otago or Southland. Winners receive financial compensation and their winning entry performed by the Dunedin Youth Orchestra.
Congratulations to Megan Kyte, the 2020 winner, with her piece, ‘L’aube du printemps’ (Dawn of spring). Many thanks to the University of Otago Mozart Fellow, Kenneth Young, for presenting the award.
Previous recipients include:
- Ihlara McIndoe – Creek’s Chorus
- Isaac Shatford – The Thing
- Nathaniel Otley – Canvas
- Sam van Betuw – The Stone Mage and The Sea
- Merlin Callister – A Run in Ross Creek
- Sam van Betuw –The Soprano Sorceress
- Bene Stewart – What If?
- Alex Campbell-Hunt – Canada Suite
- Corwin Newall – Hang In There
- The aim is to foster and encourage orchestral composition for Youth Orchestras by local composers of a similar age. Entrants should be currently resident in Otago or Southland.
- The Prize is $1000 plus working with the musical director/conductor of the Dunedin Youth Orchestra and having the piece performed by the DYO.
- Entries must be submitted to the DYO Secretary (The Secretary
Dunedin Youth Orchestra, 502 Queens Drive, Dunedin 9016) and must be received no later than 8pm on the 27th of April.
- Entrants must submit one printed and notated full score of their work under a nom de plume (pseudonym name) together with a separate envelope containing their real name and email address. The score may be accompanied by an audio CD of a midi performance but do not send Sibelius or other music notation program files.
- Applicants should be in the same age range as for members of the Orchestra, ie under 25 years old at the closing date.
- The piece should be no more than 10 minutes and be for full symphony orchestra of the indicated instrumentation:
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It should not be for a solo instrument with orchestra (e.g. a concerto) or include extended solo passages for any instrument. If you are unsure about instrumentation available please contact us.
- The winner will be announced in the first semester DYO concert. The piece would be performed in the DYO final concert of the year.
- The Mozart Fellow will be the lead adjudicator, with Peter Adams and Anthony Ritchie as additional members of the adjudication panel.
- The winning composer must produce a set of orchestral parts for the players in time for the first rehearsal in July. These parts must include rehearsal marks, cues, page turns and correct transpositions. Ideally, the full score should be notated in C. Assistance with printing may be available from DYO.
- The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. DYO reserves the right not to award a prize in any particular year if the panel feels no piece warrants the award.