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.

Building on the success of past schools, the TSO will for the first time provide a two-year program 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.

Successful applicants will work closely with Director Matthew Hindson over a two-year period, spending a week in Tasmania each year to attend workshops with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  Over the course of two years, participants will write a ‘calling card’/fanfare-style work (2018), an original orchestral composition (2018), a work for orchestral instrument soloist and orchestra (2019) and arrangements/activities as nominated by the Director and Staff (2018-2019).

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Australian Composers' School 2018-2019

  • (PDF) A computer notated orchestral score in PDF format that has been previously been workshopped, recorded or performed. Hand written scores will not be accepted. PDF should be uploaded to Dropbox or Google Drive and submitted via a link.
  • (PDF) A second computer notated score in PDF format of a work written for any instrumentation and ensemble size, of which the applicant is most proud, and which best represents their ethos, aesthetic and raison d’etre as a composer. PDF should be uploaded to Dropbox or Google Drive and submitted via a link.
  • (mp3) Live recordings (mp3) or computer-generated recordings (mp3) of both works are to be submitted via link to Dropbox, Google Drive, or YouTube.
  • (mp3) Live recordings (mp3) or computer-generated recordings (mp3) of both works are to be submitted via link to Dropbox, Google Drive, or YouTube.