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Lisa Cheney : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Song of city ghosts : for oboe, bass clarinet in Bb, horn in F, bassoon and piano by Lisa Cheney, from the CD Smoke encrypted whispers


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Lisa Cheney
is an Australian composer originating from Queensland, now based in Melbourne. Her music has been performed by: The Southern Cross Soloists, The Australian Voices, Plexus, The Sydney Antiphony, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ady Ensemble, Belladiva, Ensemble Fabrique, The Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta, Syzygy and The Australian Ballet amongst others. Having previously completed her undergraduate and Masters degrees at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCGU) with Gerard Brophy and Dr. Gerardo Dirie, she is currently completing her PhD in Composition at the University of Melbourne with prominent composer Dr. Elliott Gyger. Cheney has also received tutelage from composers: Dr. Stuart Greenbaum, William Duckworth, Philip Bracanin, Iain Grandage, Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay.

Lisa has written for a variety of mediums including orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, ballet, theatre, short film, animation and electronic tracks for live performance collaborations. Her composition accolades include the Glen-Carter Varney Award for Composition (2009), first places at the MTAQ Gold Coast Composers' Competition and the ASME Young Composer's Competition (2004-2010), the Bill Murray Encouragement Award for Composition (2009), first prize at the Keys Festival for Australian Music (2006), the Griffith University Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Award (2008), an Australia-Korea Foundation Scholarship (2011), The Silver Harris and Jeff Peck Composition Prize (2014) and the Festival of Slow Music Quiddity Composition Prize (2015). She has participated in the 2010 Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA), the 2012 Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, the 2013 Brevard Music Centre Institute (North Carolina, USA), the 2013 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec 21st Century Composers' Program and the 2015 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Composers' School. Her work 'The Pool and the Star' written as part of the Cybec Program, was most recently selected by the MSO for performance at the Metropolis New Music Festival under the baton of Finnish maestro Olli Mustonen.

As part of her Master of Music research, Lisa has written papers exploring the experiences of other early-career female composers in Australia, and runs social media groups in support of her female colleagues worldwide. Cheney is the Co-Director and Partner of 'Making Waves', a new online space dedicated to the discovery and promotion of new Australian music composers. She is also a tutor for Composition Studies and Music Language at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University. In 2016 - 2017 she will have works performed by Gemma Tomlinson, Melbourne Chamber Choir, Melbourne Conservatorium Wind Symphony, Kupka's Piano, Syzygy, Australian Discovery Orchestra and attend the 2016 New Music Workshop at the Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Lisa Cheney is available to consider commissions and collaborations. Additional score requests and personal contact can be made through e-mail (above).


Lisa Cheney — current to March 2016

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2006 Keys National Festival for Australian Music 1st place, Intermediate Composition Section Lullaby

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The Pool and the star : chamber orchestra (2014) Commissioned as part of the 2013 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program.
Drought : for solo soprano and SSAATTBB choir (2012) Commissioned by The Australian Voices.
Song of city ghosts : for oboe, bass clarinet in Bb, horn in F, bassoon and piano (2008) Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series