National Women Composers’ Development Program

Commencing in 2016, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM), in collaboration with four of Australia’s top performing ensembles and artists, will be offering a program aimed at developing Women in Composition.

Incoming Master of Music (Composition) or Doctor of Musical Arts students at the SCM can incorporate this program as part of their degree. Participants will be involved in writing music for four diverse professional groups and artists, and having their music workshopped and/or performed at the highest level. The music will be written for each group or artist in both 2016 and 2017, building skills from one year to the next. These compositions will form part or all of the participants’ portfolio for their Master of Music or Doctoral degree. In 2018, each of the ensembles will select one of the participating composers, and commission from them a new work for future performance. Students will also receive mentorship in administrative and production skills throughout the course of this program, complementing their artistic development.

Participants will be mentored by several of Australia’s top women composers, as well as by members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s outstanding composition unit.

Participants will be working with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Goldner String Quartet and percussionist Claire Edwardes in 2016 and 2017. This program is supported by Musica Viva Australia.

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Applications have closed for 2016. Stay tuned for further information.

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