Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers a program of professional development aimed at fostering and empowering women composers. It runs over two years, with an intake every second year.
Students in the program will have opportunities to work closely with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera (in collaboration with NIDA) and other professional musicians and artists. Students also develop their own projects.
We workshop and perform participants' compositions, working intensively as a group and with each artist over two years. Compositions developed will form part or all of each participant's portfolio for her degree.
Participants who are not already in receipt of a postgraduate scholarship will also receive a Sydney Conservatorium of Music scholarship of $10,000 a year.
Established to mark the centenary of the Conservatorium, participants in the inaugural program in 2016-2017 worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Goldner String Quartet and percussionist Claire Edwardes.
Four places have been offered to women postgraduate research students at the Conservatorium who are enrolled in the Master of Music (Composition) or Doctor of Musical Arts.
Participants will be mentored by Professor Liza Lim as well as members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s composition unit. We also provide mentoring in production and administrative skills throughout the program through Musica Viva Australia, APRA AMCOS, the Australian Music Centre and ABC Classic FM.
The next intake for this program is likely to be in 2019. Application information will be added here closer to the time.
This program is made possible through the generous assistance of our partners and through the Patrons of the Composing Women Program.