Dorothy Quita Buchanan
Buchanan was born in Christchurch, the second of six daughters in a musical family, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Canterbury University in 1967 and a teaching degree from Christchurch Teachers College in 1975.
After completing her education, Buchanan worked as a pianist, composer, music teacher and violinist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Buchanan has been active in music education. In 1976 she became New Zealand’s first composer-in-schools and has been a guest lecturer, adjudicator, musical director, advisor to teacher support services and an assessor with Creative New Zealand panels. In 1979 she served as president of the Composers’ Association of New Zealand and founded the Christchurch Music Workshops. In 1980 she co-founded the music publishing co-operative Nota Bene which provides a hire library of music for schools and community use. Buchanan also worked with the New Zealand Film Archive beginning in 1984.
Honors and awards
Buchanan composes for school choirs, string quartets, dance and theatre companies and symphony orchestras, operas, incidental music and film and television scores. Selected works include:
- Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- Boenke, Heidi M. (1988). Flute music by women composers: an annotated catalog.
- "Dorothy Buchanan". Retrieved 29 January 2011.
- International who's who in music and musicians' directory: Volume 8. 1977.
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