CANZ - Key Persons

Chris Ge - President, Treasurer

Job Titles:
  • President
  • Treasurer
Chris Ge ndall has served CANZ as President and Treasurer. An active composer, his works have graced the programmes of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, NZTrio, Mark Menzies and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Saar Berger, and the New Zealand String Quartet. He studied composition at Victoria University of Wellington before completing a doctoral degree at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He has participated in a number of festivals and conferences including the Wellesley Composers' Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, the Royaumont Voix nouvelles Composition Course, and the Aldeburgh Festival - bringing him in contact with such figures as Magnus Lindberg, Brian Ferneyhough, Mario Davidovsky, Oliver Knussen, and Anders Hillborg. Chris was a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago, and resident composer with Orchestra Wellington and at the New Zealand School of Music. He won the 2008 SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his work Wax Lyrical, and his debut portrait album Tones was released on the Rattle label in 2019. He teaches composition at the University of Auckland.

Chris Gendall

Job Titles:
  • Canzona Editor

Jason Long - Treasurer

Job Titles:
  • Treasurer
Jason Long is a composer, sound artist, researcher, and educator from Christchurch, New Zealand. He completed a PhD in sonic engineering at Victoria University of Wellington in 2018, and carried out undergraduate studies at the University of Canterbury, and the Utrecht Higher School of the Arts, the Netherlands, as well as a Masters Degree in Composition at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan. His research interests include composition with musical robotics, digital and analogue synthesis and signal processing, and sound design. His musical works have been featured internationally at festivals such as the ACL, ICMC and ISCM, and his peer-reviewed research has been published internationally at conferences such as NIME, ISEA, ICMC, ICARA, IROS, and in books by Springer, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press, among others. He is also the founder of AvonSynth, a modular synthesizer manufacturing company based out of Christchurch.

Kassandra Wang

Job Titles:
  • Secretary
Kassandra is a Wellington-based musician exploring interactivity, accessibility, and story-telling through music. She is a staunch advocate for creating welcoming communities and amplifying underrepresented voices. Kassandra recently graduated from Te Kōkī - New Zealand School of Music, where she co-founded Sounds of Te Kōkī, a concert series of student and recent graduate compositions that champions diversity and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Rosa Elliot

Job Titles:
  • Membership Officer
  • Membership

Rosa Elliott

Rosa Elliott is a young composer from Christchurch, where she recently completed a BMUS and BA at the University of Canterbury majoring in Composition and English Literature. Rosa is currently completing her Honours in Composition at the University of Auckland. In 2017, Rosa was recognised as a winner of the New Zealand Trio Composition Competition for her piano trio ‘Voices of the Air'. Rosa has since won two Douglas Lilburn Composition Prizes for her works, ‘Landfall,' for solo percussion, and ‘What Have You Done to Your Rivers?' which will be recorded this year by the NZSO as part of the NZ Composer Recording Sessions. Rosa is also interested in sonic arts, and was a composer and performer for the Word Festival performance, ‘Free Radicals', for her piece for wome n's choir and fixed media.

Sasha Leitman

Job Titles:
  • Webmaster
  • Artist
Sasha Leitman is a sound artist, composer, inventor and educator from California. She has been making musical instruments, new interfaces for musical expression and sound art installations for the last 20 years. Her work often features elements of field recordings, found objects, DIY craftsmanship, underwater sound and physical play. After spending over a decade teaching courses and managing the Max Lab - an Interface Prototyping Lab, at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), she decided it was time to try out the other side of the Pacific. She is currently working towards a PhD program in Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where she is exploring the design of computer music controllers inspired by auditory resonance and the nuanced control of acoustic instruments. More information can be found on my website,

Simon Eastwood

Job Titles:
  • Acting President
Elliot Vaughan is an experimental music composer and performer. Following fifteen years studying and freelancing in Canada, he now lives and works back in Aotearoa, where he grew up. His diverse output includes composed theatre and performed installation as well as functional, pop and concert music. Through it runs a focussed interrogation of the frame of music performance, borrowing the co-collaborative and interdisciplinary apparatus of theatre. There is an aesthetic link too, where beauty and romance never quite transcend the absurd.