Announcing the Women in Music Festival Inaugural Student Composition Challenge!
This year, the Festival is hosting a very exciting composition challenge for emerging composers who are still at school: female, non-binary and male composers.
The Festival is partnering with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) to offer students the chance to write a short piece - inspired by poetry - for a prescribed ensemble or instruments from that ensemble, namely soprano, flute, piano and percussion.
A panel made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians will select a number of pieces to be performed at a concert at the iconic Storey Hall on Sunday September 20 2020. (The concert will be streamed live or presented to a live audience, current restrictions permitting.)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
· Five compositional categories are open to student female/non-binary or male composers who may submit in one of the following genres: Indigenous (the composer must identify as Indigenous), Classical, Games, Film or Jazz.
NOTE: A $200 prize is available in each category, plus a professionally typeset printed copy of the score which will be presented to the composer by the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).
· The composition must be original and written by a current primary or secondary school student.
· The composition must be scored for one of or a combination of the following: soprano, flute, piano, percussion, and inspired by the poetry of Patricia Sykes or Ben Lawson as follows -
upside down you’re a
circus gypsy a wanderer
on a rope who swings
and sings to herself
knowing an upturned world
makes the proper sense
Published in the collection Wire Dancing by Spinifex Press. Ropes 2 arose out of Patricia's experiences as a performer with The Women’s Circus, a Footscray Community Arts Centre project.
· The composition must be between two and three minutes in duration. Longer pieces will not be accepted.
· The composition must be presented as a written score - whether handwritten or typeset - uploaded as a pdf and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the composer’s name, age, school, email (a parent or school email address is fine), a copy of the submission fee payment receipt and anything the composer would like the judges to know about the composition, together with an $20 administration fee, by the due date being August 8, 2020.
· The composer/guardian gives written permission for the piece to be performed during the Festival at a time and place to be decided by the judging panel.
· The composer/guardian gives written permission for the piece to be broadcast in any medium nominated by the judging panel.
· The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence regarding the winning piece/s will be entered into.
· The judging panel reserve the right to withhold awarding a prize in any category.
Submissions open on 14 March 2020 and close at midnight on 8 August 2020.
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ACCOUNT NAME: Women In Music Festival
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