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2020/2021 Jonathan Berkahn, of Wellington Composer, performer, and educator Jonathan Berkahn is an accompanist, soloist, chamber musician, and experienced choral conductor of classical choirs and community groups. He has also been active in many folk/traditional bands – Celtic and Eastern European, the Wellington Irish Sessions and is a ceilidh (dance) caller. He has a degree in composition from Victoria University,  an honours degree in performance (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano), and a PhD in musicology. 

Jonathan undertook his residency in Carterton in November 2020, performing at two community concerts and writing new music. He returned to Wairarapa for the ALLSORTS concert with Wairarapa Community Orchestra which premiered his Frog Farm Suite, named after the cottage in Gladstone where he held his residency. At Carterton Events Centre. Many thanks to support from Carterton Creative Communities, the Cross Creek Blues Club, Kevin Bannister and Rob Maunsell.

2017 Aldo Pinelli, from Argentina, is an award-winning singer and composer who has released six albums. He studied music at Conservatorio H. Costa, and psychology at Universidad Argentina John F. Kennedy in Buenos Aires. 

During his residency, he performed at the 2017 Kokomai Creative Festival and at the BLOCK PARTY - both concerts were held at Aratoi Museum. He also worked on his composition, 'Night Forest'.

2015 - Jona Byron, from Australia.  A musician and filmmaker based in Melbourne, during his residency, Byron composed five songs and performed at two house concerts in Masterton. One of his songs was part of the 15th anniversary exhibition at Aratoi Museum in 2015-2016. For more on Jona: Bandcamp and SoundCloud


Information for the 2020 Music Residency

New Zealand Pacific Studio Artist Residency Programme invites applications from creative practitioners working in music for this 3-week residency in Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand.

Open to Aotearoa New Zealand-based artists only.

Practitioners with experience in writing their own material and in performance are welcomed to apply.

The three-week opportunity must be taken up before 30 Nov 2020. 

Application deadline: 1 August 2020, midnight, NZ time.

This opportunity provides:

- Time and space to devote to one’s creative practice

- 3 weeks accommodation (valued at $1260) with a host in Carterton, Wairarapa

- Performance opportunity at Carterton Events Centre with local musicians, for which NZ Pacific Studio will hire venue / gear / sound system

- Support to collaborate with local musicians / groups in Wairarapa

- Project management support

Note: The Fellowship  is self-catering – artists provide for their own meals. Artists also arrange their own transportation to / from Wairarapa.



Founded in 2001, NZ Pacific Studio is an international residency programme that has welcomed hundreds of creative practitioners from around the world. It is a charity organisation and it is through donations/funding from the local Wairarapa community that we can offer these opportunities. Our supported residencies have been related to poetry, writing, music, and war/peace/ANZAC issues, and have been in partnership with museums, councils, NGOs and philanthropists.

The 2020 residency is made possible with support from the Carterton District Creative Communities Scheme and the Cross Creek Blues Club (which disbanded in 2018) and comes with the mandate that the artist engage with residents of Carterton and nearby communities.

 Key skills

Commitment to one’s practice; ability to work independently; leadership skills; a desire to connect with a wider audience and community; demonstrated skills/experience in public outreach; open-mindedness; and friendliness to be able to engage with a range of people.


Selection will be based on the nature, strength, uniqueness and clarity of the proposed project, and the degree to which all parties would benefit: the creative practitioner, NZ Pacific Studio, and the Carterton community. 


Please e-mail your application, with the following, in one Word / PDF file, under 2mb

1. A short biography (under 200 words).

2. A description of your proposed performance, its objectives, its inspiration, and any specific requirements you may have (under 400 words)

3. A statement of how the Fellowship would benefit you and extend your practice at this time (under 200 words)

4. A sample of your work – links to 3 works on such platforms as SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube.

5. The contact details of two Referees who will be contacted if you are shortlisted (Provide Name, Relationship to you, Email, Tel number)

**PLEASE assemble your entire application in ONE DOCUMENT eg Word or PDF document under 2MB total size.**

Send your application to: on or before 1 August 2020, midnight, NZ time.

Thanks to support from Cross Creek Blues Club and Carterton Creative Communities Scheme for their support for the 2020 Fellowship. The initial sponsors of the Music Fellowship were Dr Rob Maunsell and Keith Hunt.