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.
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.
We are offering four places to women postgraduate research students at the Conservatorium who are enrolled in the Master of Music (Composition) or Doctor of Musical Arts. Our partner organisations are the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. There are also opportunities to develop your own independent projects.
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.
We invite you to apply through our online form. We ask you to provide:
Applicants for the program must identify as women and be Australian citizens or permanent residents. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers to apply.
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Interviews: early October
Successful candidates will then develop research proposals (due end of October) for entry into the master's degree or Doctor of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
This program is made possible through the generous assistance of our partners and through the Patrons of the Composing Women Program.