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Alice Humphries : Associate Artist

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Photo: Penny Lane

Alice Humphries is a highly versatile Australian based composer, arranger and orchestrator working across the contemporary classical, jazz and popular worlds. Her music has been described as 'bursting with life and fun, as well as great great beauty' and 'deeply thought provoking…offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity'. She is interested in how natural phenomena and human emotion can be explored through music.

Alice's music has been performed across Australia and internationally by artists including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble and The Letter String Quartet. Her music has been recorded and broadcast for ABC Classic FM and her debut album Ecila was released to critical acclaim. Alice has been a finalist in the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards and the APRA Professional Development Awards and is a former composer-in-residence for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.

As an arranger and orchestrator, she has worked with artists including Eddie Perfect, Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Missy Higgins, Katie Noonan, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony.

Alice Humphries — current to June 2020

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Jazz Finalist The world rushes on

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Joy Gleams : After Hildegard : Duet for viola and piano (2021) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by Musica Viva Australia.
Digital sheet music sample Small Stones That Start An Avalanche : for solo guitar (2020) Commissioned by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music for the Guitar Perspectives Composition Award. With thanks to Peter and Rasika Crowley for their generous support of this award.
Nautical Twilight : string quartet (2017) Commissioned by Melbourne Recital Centre, University of Melbourne with the support of Majlis Pty Ltd.
Digital sheet music sample Hystericus (And other mostly women's words) : for flute, bass clarinet, violin and cello (2016) Commissioned with the generous support of the Alan C. Rose Scholarship
Digital sheet music sample Undertow : for chamber orchestra (2015) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Wildflowering : for clarinet quartet (2013) Commissioned by West Australian Clarinet Quartet.