"The panel was very impressed by the overall standard of applications to the Australian Composers' School, which included applications from composers at the beginning of their career to those who have already had residencies and substantial high-profile opportunities with professional orchestras.
It was a challenge for the panel to narrow down the field to just four successful applicants, but some general points that stood out were the diversity and strength of each composer's individual musical voice, their current and future career history and trajectories, their potential for contribution to orchestral writing in diverse forms, and their solid technical foundation underpinning general compositional craft including harmonic, rhythmic, structural and colouristic imagination."
Matthew Hindson, 2022-2023 Australian Composers’ School Director
The TSO Australian Composers’ School is a unique opportunity to develop orchestral composition skills with one of Australia’s foremost symphony orchestras.
This exciting program is an integral part of the TSO’s Australian Music Program. TSO will provide a two-year course aimed at identifying and preparing composers on the cusp of their professional careers as orchestral composers suitable for possible commission opportunities from professional orchestras upon graduation.
Participants will work with Matthew Hindson and ACS staff over a two-year period, spending a week in Tasmania each year to attend workshops with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
For the 2022 workshop, participants will write two orchestral works, plus exercises/arrangements as assigned. Works for 2023 will be of a commercial (e.g. film score) and/or collaborative nature (e.g. concertino).