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Carol Shortis

Arranger, Composer, Presenter

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Born: 1960


Carol Shortis grew up in Essex, UK. She moved to New Zealand in 1990 and lived on Waiheke Island, where she raised a family as well as running several successful businesses. She has been involved with community singing for many years, but only recently pursued a more formal musical education, studying at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. Although a latecomer to composition, she quickly made up for lost time, winning a number of scholarships and awards. In 2006 she won the national Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music for The Riddle of her Flight, and the Swedish Radio Choir recently performed Tangi at the ISCM World New Music Days in Sweden. In 2008 she was elected as a committee member of the Composers Association of New Zealand and is currently the treasurer for that organisation, and co-convener of the CANZ Nelson Composers Workshop. Her compositional output tends towards choral and vocal music, and she has written and arranged works for a number of ensembles and choirs in Wellington, including Baroque Voices, Nota Bene, the Festival Singers, and the Wellington Community Choir. She currently works as a freelance composer and arranger, administrator and choral director.

Composed (26)

Adam Lay Ibounden

for unaccompanied vocal octet


for SATB choir with piano accompaniment, 5m

An Tuiream Bais

for a cappella SSAATTBB choir, 6m

Dulcie's Song

for SATB choir and piano, 4m

Five Golden Songs

for SATB choir, 10m

Five Jisei

for SSAATB choir, 6m 30s

I Be Me

for soprano and percussion, 8m

I Saw a Fair Maiden

for SATB choir, 3m

Maria's Song

for string quartet and recorded voice

Momentary Pleasures

for piano, 4m


composed with Callum White, for SATB choir and percussion, 4m 45s

People Come and Sing

for SATB choir


for bass clarinet and two percussionists, 15m

Polskie Kwiaty

for SATB quartet and accordion

Psalm - Lord, show us your ways

for SATB choir and piano, 4m

She Moved Through the Fair

for SATB choir, 5m 30s

Smile Song

for treble voices and piano

Songs of Thomas Moore

for female vocal sextet and harp


for a cappella SSAATTBB vocal ensemble, 9m


for SSAATTBB choir with SATB soloists, 9m


for eight-voice vocal ensemble, string quintet, piano, soprano solo and countertenor solo, 8m

The Riddle of Her Flight

for soprano, piano and vibraphone

The Seed (Pillars of the Temple)

for SSAATTB with percussion

The Simplicity of Arcs

for piano, 2m

Thinking in the Moonlight

for Chinese yangqin (hammered dulcimer) with a Chinese text to be recited by performer, 2m 30s

Ursula at Parakakariki

for SSAATB choir with piano, bassoon and percussion

Arranged (3)

Adam Lay Ibounden

for unaccompanied vocal octet

Polskie Kwiaty

for SATB quartet and accordion

She Moved Through the Fair

for SATB choir, 5m 30s

Recordings (1)