Composing Women

Ella Macens, Clare Johnston, Elizabeth Younans and Natalie Nicholas Photo: @rahkela

A national development program for women in composition

Sydney Conservatorium of Music will once again be offering a program of professional development aimed at empowering Women in Composition. Composition students will have opportunities to work closely with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera (in collaboration with NIDA) and internationally acclaimed flautist Claire Chase, as well as develop their own projects.

Participants in the inaugural program in 2016-2017 worked with the Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraSydney Philharmonia ChoirsGoldner String Quartet and percussionist Claire Edwardes in 2016 and 2017. Clare Johnston, Ella Macens, Natalie Nicolas and Elizabeth Younan participated in the inaugural program set up by Professor Matthew Hindson AM during the Conservatorium’s centenary year.

About the 2018-2019 program

Four places are available to women postgraduate research students at the Conservatorium enrolled in the Master of Music (Composition) or Doctor of Musical Arts. Participants will have their compositions workshopped and performed, working intensively with each group or artist across two years (2018 and 2019). These compositions will form part or all of the participants’ portfolio for their Master of Music or Doctoral degree.

Participants will be mentored by Professor Liza Lim, as well as members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s outstanding composition unit. Mentoring in administrative and production skills throughout the course of the program will also be provided by Musica Viva Australia, APRA AMCOS, the Australian Music Centre and ABC Classic FM.

Participants receive a Sydney Conservatorium of Music scholarship of $10,000 p.a.*

*does not apply to those in receipt of a postgraduate scholarship

How to apply

Composers of all genres are encouraged to apply; there is no age limit. Applicants should apply online for postgraduate courses as well as sending an expression of interest, their CV and portfolio of works and/or recordings to Professor Liza Lim,

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2017.

For further information, please contact:

This program is made possible with the generous assistance of our partners and through the Patrons of the Composing Women Program.