Composition studies are focussed on assisting each student to develop his or her individual creative voice. Work in traditional concert music, as well as in cross-cultural and cross-genre composition is available. We also encourage candidates to consider integrating digital technology and multimedia elements into new music where appropriate.

Acoustic composition studies are supervised by Associate Professor Martin Lodge and Dr Michael Williams.

Martin Lodge recently premiered Ahunga for taonga puoro and piano trio (March 2016) as part of celebrations to welcome the arrival of the major new collection of traditional Maori instruments to the Conservatorium and the University. Current composition projects include a virtuoso solo work for Wolfgang Schmidt (Berlin), a string quartet to be recorded in Shanghai in 2017 and a large scale concerto for viola, chorus and orchestra commissioned by violist Timothy Deighton.

Michael Williams' current composition projects include a concerto for electric violin and orchestra for Jenny Bae (London), a test piece for solo cello for the inaugural Waikato University International Cello festival and a string quartet to be recorded in Shanghai through Atoll Records. Recent projects include Suite per Antiche Archi for viola d’Amore, guitar and cello and Materia for soprano saxophone and piano to be premiered in Italy in June this year.