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The Sue W Composition Prize

The Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize for 2018-9

Supporting female composers
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers an annual composition prize of $7,000 to support a female composer in their career aspirations.

As part of the initiative to support female composers in their career aspirations, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at The University of Sydney offers an annual composition prize. The prize is sponsored by Mrs Sue Willgoss and Associate Professor Richard Willgoss who support creative art music composition in Australia. The 2017 winner was Holly Harrison.

Value of the Award

There is one financial award to be granted to the value of $7000.

In addition, the winning work will be programmed in the 2019 Sydney Conservatorium of Music Modern Music Ensemble season.

Selection Process

Applicants for the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize must identify as women and be Australian citizens or permanent residents. Applicants may only submit one composition for consideration. The score and recording must be anonymized.

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

  • be a piece of chamber music written for a quartet of acoustic instruments, one of which may be a voice if desired;
  • be of an original nature and not derived from any work previously publicly performed before 2016;
  • have been previously workshopped and/or performed, with an an audio file provided as part of the submission;
  • have been created by a female Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • have an approximate duration of 10 minutes, and a maximum duration of 12 minutes;
  • not use electronics, amplification, computer-generated or interactive sound processes, pre-recorded or pre-processed parts.

If 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 the award. The judging panel may, at their discretion, award the one prize and up to two Highly Commended awards as well.

Permanent staff members of the University of Sydney are not eligible to apply for this competition. The Judging Panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding any aspect of the judging process or result. The 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. Make sure all reference to yourself is removed; and
  • a recording of your composition or rendering of the work. An application is not valid without a recording being submitted accompanying the score

Important Note

You must remove all reference to yourself from both the score and the audio recording.

Closing date: 3pm Thursday 28 February 2019 AEDST. No late entries will be accepted.


The winner of the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize will be announced in March 2019.

Further Information

For assistance with submitting your application or other questions, please contact:
Professor Matthew Hindson
Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean; Associate Dean (Education)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music