Australian Composers' School

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.

The ACS Director for 2022-2025 is Australian composer Matthew Hindson. Joining him as tutors are Maria Grenfell (2022), Holly Harrison (2022), Jessica Wells (2023) and Paul Stanhope (2023).

Angus DavisonThomas MissonGeorgia Scott and Sam Wu are the 2022-2023 Australian Composers' School (ACS) participants.

Angus Davison

Angus Davison

Thomas Misson

Thomas Misson

Georgia Scott

Georgia Scott

Sam Wu

Sam Wu

Participants work with Matthew Hindson and ACS staff over a two-year period, spending a few days in Tasmania each year to attend workshops with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and composition tutors.

The 2023 workshops include film scoring to original films and a mini concerto for solo instrument and orchestra. Graduates are later commissioned to create music for TSO projects, have samples of their work shared with the state orchestras, and one graduate will become a TSO composer in residence.

WATCH: COMPOSER INTERVIEWS

Building on the success of past schools, the TSO for the first time provided a two-year program across 2018-2019 aimed at identifying and preparing composers on the cusp of their professional careers as orchestral composers.

We are thrilled to share the success of this program through a series of interviews produced by Brad Harris about this year's Australian Composers' School workshop of four concertino-style compositions: Harry Sdraulig Icarus; Ella Macens Glass Ocean; Mark Holdsworth Cerberus and Holly Harrison Hotwire.

Interviews: