Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize

Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize

As part of the initiative to support female composers in their career aspirations, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, part of the University of Sydney, offers a new composition prize. The prize is sponsored by Sue and Richard Willgoss who support creative Australian art music composition. The prize is named after Sue.  Applicants for the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize must identify as a woman and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Closing Date: 3pm, Friday 13 October 2017 (No late entries will be accepted.)

Value of the award

There is one award to be granted. The value of the award is $7,000.

Selection process

The Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize shall be awarded to a female composer who is judged to have written the best original chamber music work for 4 to 15 solo parts, including voice if desired, with a playing time of twelve (12) minutes maximum submitted to the University of Sydney. If, however, the judging panel is of the opinion that no original work submitted has sufficient merit to warrant an Award being made, then the University of Sydney may refrain from making an Award in that year.

Applicants for the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize must identify as a woman and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Applicants may only submit one composition for consideration and the score and recording must be anonymised.

To be eligible for consideration by the Judging Panel, a musical composition must (to the satisfaction of the University):

  • be of an original nature and not an arrangement or reworking of a piece written before 2015
  • have been previously performed or workshopped – proof will be required for the judging panel
  • have been created by a female Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be a piece of chamber music written for 4 to 15 solo parts, including voice if desired
  • be a maximum duration of 12 minutes
  • not use electronics, amplification, computerised techniques, pre-recorded or pre-processed parts.

Permanent staff members of the University of Sydney are not eligible to apply for this competition. The judging panel’s decision in final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding any aspect of the judging process or the result. This competition is offered according to the laws of New South Wales.

How to apply

Please complete the online Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize application form, including the following items:

  • An anonymised version of your score in PDF format (do not include any reference to your name, contact details or affiliated institution)
  • A recording of your composition or rendering of the piece (if available)
  • No late entries will be accepted.

Important Note: You must remove your name (and the name of any lyricist) from all pages of all copies and audio files.

Announcement

The winner of the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize will be announced in December 2017.

Further information

For assistance with submitting your application, please contact:

Professor Matthew Hindson
Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean; Associate Dean (Education)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Email: matthew.hindson@sydney.edu.au