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13 October 2015

Peggy Polias awarded the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe fellowship

Peggy Polias (center) with Professor Anne Boyd (left) and Dean & Acting Principal Anna Reid Image: Peggy Polias (center) with Professor Anne Boyd (left) and Dean & Acting Principal Anna Reid  
© Prudence Upton

Composer and one of AMC's Associate artists Peggy Polias has been awarded the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship. Polias will use the $30,000 fellowship for composition, recording, and further studies, as well as developing the 'Making Waves' streaming project devised and curated by Polias together with fellow composer Lisa Cheney with the aim of giving more exposure to the music of early-career Australian composers.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, spoke at the presentation last week, emphasising Sculthorpe's importance and legacy.

'I am proud this initiative honours the enormous contribution of Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE and supports an emerging NSW-based artist producing new Australian music', Mr Grant said. 'The NSW Government is committed to supporting professional development of artists to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.'

The fellowship, sponsored jointly by the NSW Government and Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, will be offered every second year to an emerging NSW-based composer. This year, the Fellow was chosen from among 22 applicants.

Peggy Polias graduated with a Master of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010. In 2011, she participated in the Halcyon 'First Stones' project and the Ku-Ring- Gai Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Workshops. Her compositions have been performed at Wesley Music Centre, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Canberra School of Music and she received the Fellowship of Australian Composers/University of Sydney Women's Composer Award in 2007.

She is involved with the operations of the music publishing label Wildbird Music and has prepared scores, instrumental parts and other print music materials for some of Australia's leading composers - in this capacity, she also worked closely with Peter Sculthorpe. Polias is currently the music assistant on the Gallipoli Symphony project for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Further links

Peggy Polias - AMC profile
Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship (Sydney Conservatorium website)

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