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