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Four participants in the Composing women program

Composing women

Nurturing creativity in our composition students
This initiative enables four postgraduate women students to work closely with our industry partners, such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Chamber Opera, to develop their own work along with professional skills.

About the program 

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

The 2018-2019 program 

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

How to apply 

The next intake for this program is likely to be in 2019. Application information will be added here closer to the time.

For more information 

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

2018-19 Composing Women:

About the experience

Headshot of Elizabeth Younan, Composing Women participant
Elizabeth Younan, 2016-17 participant
"I loved that we could work with performers and hear our works being performed, it is crucial to the learning process."