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Johanna Selleck : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Crossing points : flute with piano by Johanna Selleck, from the CD Spirit of the plains


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Johanna Selleck is a composer, flautist, and musicologist. She completed a PhD in composition at the University of Melbourne in 2006, studying under Brenton Broadstock. She currently teaches composition in the Faculty of VCA and MCM at the university, where she is an honorary fellow. Johanna has been widely commissioned, including groups such as the Australian Contemporary Chorale and the Cairnmillar Institute, and her compositions have been performed by some of Australia's foremost ensembles, including the Queensland, Tasmania, and Melbourne Symphony orchestras; Astra; the Song Company; and Silo String Quartet. Her work as a composer and researcher has been presented at national and international festivals and conferences including the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea, and the Fourth CHOMBEC conference in Bristol, UK. In October 2012, her flute concerto, Unspoken Dialogues, was performed by the Israel Chamber Orchestra at the opening concert of the 30th Asian Composers' League Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel. She was again a featured composer at the ACL Festival in Singapore in September 2013. In 2010, she collaborated with the internationally-renowned, Chicago-based harmonica player, Corky Siegel, in the creation of a new concerto for blues harmonica orchestra, and she will collaborate with Corky again in 2015.

Selleck won the Percy Grainger Prize for Composition in 1990 and was awarded First Prize in the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award for Australian Composers in 2006. Her music appears on Move Records, Tall Poppies, and the Fluteworthy label and is published by Reed Music, Allans Music, Centre for Studies in Australian Music, Lyrebird Press, and the Australian Music Centre. Johanna's research, reviews, and other articles have been published in a wide range of magazines and journals including Cambridge Scholars Press and the Australasian Musicological Research Journal.

Johanna's compositional style draws upon diverse influences as can be seen in her a song cycle and multimedia piece, Becoming, for soprano, countertenor, bass, shakuhachi, and string quartet. Themes behind much of her more recent work include ideas about 'connectedness' and her passion for the environment. A strong interest in human rights issues also finds expression in works such as Unspoken Dialogues.


Johanna Selleck — current to January 2015

Teacher/Influence on

Katherine Rawlings

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2006 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Four Tapestries

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Crossing points : flute with piano (2012) Commissioned by Andrew Day.
Digital sheet music sample Spindrift : for solo harp (2008) Commissioned by Jacinta Dennett.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Boult to Marina Johanna Selleck