Applications Open for $10,000 Composition Fellowship

The Australia Ensemble UNSW is proud to announce the Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship for 2021. The Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of chamber music works as part of the Australia Ensemble UNSW’s outreach program.

Emeritus Professor Roger Layton and Merrilyn Layton have generously provided support for this prize, to support and inspire composers of the highest standard, with a focus on creativity and excellence.

The winner will receive $10,000 to write two works across the course of a 12-month period – inclusive of one piece for a small ensemble and one-piece for a large ensemble, through a competitive selection process determined by UNSW.

The Emerging Composer will also be eligible for mentoring sessions with a Composition staff member from the UNSW School of the Arts and Media, member/s of the Australia Ensemble, and an external composition mentor.

The Emerging Composer’s works will feature in at least one workshop that will be made available to current UNSW students, UNSW staff and members of the public.

The Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship is open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents, and still in an early career stage (defined as being within the first 7 years of creative practice).

Applications are now open, and close Monday 12 April 2021. A winner will be announced by Monday 24 May 2021.

The Music Performance Unit UNSW is a small team responsible for the production of high-quality classical music concerts on campus. A core of UNSW’s cultural life, the Music Performance Unit manages several primary activities, including:

  • Australia Ensemble UNSW, Australia’s leading chamber music ensemble that presents an annual subscription season and free concert and workshop series;
  • Collegium Musicum Choir, an 80-100 voice choir comprising mostly undergraduates but also staff and members of the general community. It presents an annual program of three concerts;
  • Burgundian Consort, a chamber choir of 12-18 voices of high-quality young singers. It presents an annual evening recital as well as appearing at concerts of the Collegium Musicum and other special events;
  • Large Instrumental Music Ensembles (LIME) comprising the UNSW Wind Symphony and UNSW Orchestra
  • Young Artists Concerts and special events.

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Peter J Snee

Peter is a British born creative, working in the live entertainment industry. He holds an honours degree in Performing Arts and has over 12 years combined work experience in producing, directing and managing artistic programs & events. Peter has traversed the UK, Europe and Australia pursuing his interest in theatre. He is inspired by great stories and passionately driven by pursuing opportunities to tell them.

Peter J Snee

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