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Anne Cawrse (b. 1981) is an Australian composer of Orchestral, Chamber, Vocal/Choral and Solo music. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Anne completed her PhD in Composition in 2008, having studied with Graeme Koehne and Charles Bodman Rae. Anne's penchant for text setting has made her the most commissioned composer of the award winning Adelaide Chamber Singers (four commissions since 2005) and a highly revered art song composer, with notable performances by Greta Bradman, Emma Horwood, Robert Macfarlane, Kate Macfarlane and Bethany Hill. 

On Earth As In Heaven received the SA State award at the 2018 

APRA/Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards, and her orchestral work Musaic (composed for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) was a finalist in the 2008 awards. Other meaningful musical collaborations include works for guitarist Alex Tsiboulski, pianists Michael Ierace and Leigh Harrold, regular appearances of chamber music in The Firm New Music Concert series, attendance at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer's School (2010), and regular performances and commissions by the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.


Anne teaches theory, aural and composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Her most substantial work to date is a two-act opera, Innocence, based on the novel 'Time's Long Ruin' by Stephen Orr. Aside from teaching and enjoying an idyllic existence by the beach with her husband Andrew and son Oscar, Anne is currently working on a new work for the Plexus Collective, a High School showcase piece for choir and orchestra, a Requiem Mass for presentation at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church at Easter, and (at least) two new works for String Quartet.

Text courtesy of the Australian Music Centre

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