Composition and Music Technology

Creating new music is a vital part of studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The staff of the Composition and Music Technology Unit includes some of Australia’s most gifted and widely recognised composers who work in media ranging from instrumental and vocal to electronic and electroacoustic music. The Composition and Music Technology Unit teaches all facets of musical composition, encouraging advanced students to specialise and create more ambitious work. Our students learn composition in a nurturing community with ample opportunity to perform their work.

Study Options

Composition and Music Technology Faculty

Audition Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Please ensure you read the frequently asked questions before submitting your application and portfolio.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music (Composition), Bachelor of Music Studies and combined degrees
You should submit three compositions (in different performance media) which represent your present level of achievement as a composer. If you submit more than three compositions your application will not be considered. You must also have accompanying recordings, even if computer generated.

After receiving these compositions, Conservatorium staff will invite you to attend a personal interview to discuss your compositions, background as a composer, commitment to musical composition and interest in becoming a professional composer. On the basis of the compositions and the interview, the Conservatorium staff will assess your potential to develop into a composer working at a professional level.

Compositions must be submitted at the time of application (no exceptions) and each work submitted must include your UAC application number and your name. Applicants who do not submit their compositions by the audition closing date will not be invited for an interview.

Compositions must be posted or hand delivered to the address below by 31 October 2013:

Student Administration
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Level 3, Room 3012
Cnr Bridge & Macquarie Streets
Sydney NSW 2000

Compositions will be retained by the Conservatorium until 31 March 2014. If you wish to collect your compositions, please do so before this date or they will be discarded. Compositions can be collected from Student Administration. We are not able to return compositions by mail.

Postgraduate

You should submit at least three compositions (in different performance media) which represent your present level of achievement as a composer, present a 1500-2000 word summary of your proposed area of research/creative work and attend an interview.

After receiving your compositions, Conservatorium staff will invite you to attend a personal interview to discuss your compositions, background as a composer, commitment to musical composition and interest in becoming a professional composer. On the basis of the compositions and the interview, the Conservatorium staff will assess your potential to develop into a composer working at a professional level.