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Composition Opportunity

Queensland Music Teachers' Association (QMTA) Composers' Competition 2021

  • Deadline date: 19 May 2021 [Delivery Deadline] — Visit our current Opportunities for upcoming competitions, workshops and more.
  • Date held: 20th June 2021
  • Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
  • Entry fee: $8 - $22
  • Entry restriction: All entrants must be non-professional emerging composers


Further Details

COMPETITION EVENT DATE: Sunday 20th June 2021

TIME: All Day

ENTRIES CLOSE: Wednesday 19th May 2021

VENUE: Gold Coast Youth Orchestra Building - 7 Community Drive Ashmore QLD 4214.

About the competition

We cater for emerging composers as young as 4 years of age through to the open sections, from Local Gold Coast sections to the Open junior and Open Senior to all areas / states / international.

Entrants perform their original works (or for those who are unable to attend, via CD recordings). A score must be provided for the adjudicator.

  • If you are attending on the day and performing your work live, or have someone performing for you live-  you may bring along your score and present at reception before your section is due to begin.
  • If you are attending but not performing your work – you must present a recording in MP3, MP4 format (on CD/USB file) either on the day or 1 week in advance.
  • If you are NOT ATTENDING  on the day, the score and the recorded representation of the work must be posted and received one week in advance. Mailing address is 30 Quambone St Worongary QLD 4213

Scores and recordings must be posted and be received at least one week prior to the competition date.

Many of the works presented in the Composers’ Competition are actual “world premieres” and it is a special event to hear these new and dynamic compositions which are shared with a very open and appreciative audience.

Works presented represent various instruments, keyboard, voice, ensemble, or combination with a wide range of styles.

Successful composers/ emerging composers

Many entrants have gone on to continue their composing careers having had encouragement from our competition. In fact, some past entrants have indicated that it was our competition that introduced them to composition where they had not considered this as a means to express their musical language.

Proudly supporting and performing Australian Music

The Composers’ Competition is a means to encourage the creation of and pursuit of original Australian music. As a tribute to the composer/adjudicator, students and teachers perform works by the adjudicator thereby encouraging others to perform these works in future.

How to compose / composition tips

During the event, the composer/adjudicator gives a lecture/talk on composing, which is greatly received by those present.

Composers’ Competition Background

The annual Composers’ Competition began in 1989 with its inaugural adjudicator Dulcie Holland. Since its early beginnings, the competition has become a major event hosted by QMTA Inc. Gold Coast Teacher Group Committee.

Many prominent composers have adjudicated our competition such as:

1989,’91,’93, ’95, ’97 – Dulcie Holland
1990 – Philip Bracanin
1992 – Mary Mageau
1994 – Ann Carr-Boyd
1996 – Colin Brumby
1998 – Betty Beath  
1999 – Michael Kieran Harvey
2000 – Stephen Leek
2001 – Stephen Cronin
2002 – Peter Rankine
2003 – Luke Yaaniste
2004 – Gerard Brophy  
2005 – Sonny Chua
2006 – Ralph Hultgren
2007 – Mark Gibson
2008 – Bradley Eustace
2009 – Glennis Carter-Varney
2010 – Gordon Hamilton
2011 – Dr. Graeme Denniss
2012 – Dr Gerardo Dirie
2013 – Dr Robert Davidson
2014 – Dr Colin Brumby
2015 – Dr Stephen Cronin
2016 – Michal Rosiak
2017 – Dr Jospehine Jin
2019 – Erik Griswold
2021 – Melody Eotvos

All of our composer/adjudicators have made comment that our competition is a unique and worthwhile event through the enthusiastic support we give to students and emerging composers and the promotion of original Australian music.

Website: https://www.qmta.org.au/gold-coast/


Contact: Amy Baker, Queensland Music Teachers' Association (QMTA)

Mailing Address: 30 QuamboneSt Worongary QLD 4213

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