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Anne Cawrse : Associate Artist

How can music not reflect life - what we see, what we hear, what we feel? What I write must be, in essence, who I am.

Random Audio Sample: How can I keep from singing? : SATB choir by Anne Cawrse, from the CD One voice

Photo of Anne Cawrse

Photo: Kelliemaree Photography

Anne Cawrse (b. 1981) is a composer and music teacher based in Adelaide, South Australia. She gained her PhD in Music Composition in 2008, following years of study at the University of Adelaide with Grahame Dudley (undergraduate) and Graeme Koehne (postgraduate). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History.

Her works have been performed both in Australia and overseas by artists and ensembles including the Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Elder Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, the Elder New Music Ensemble, the Zephyr Quartet, the Adelaide Chamber Singers, Duo Trystero, Eve Vocal Trio, Musica da Camera, the Kegelstatt Ensemble, sopranos Greta Bradman and Emma Horwood, pianists Leigh Harrold and Coady Green, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski and cellist Hilary Kleinig. Cawrse's music has been an ongoing feature in a number of highly acclaimed South Australian festivals and concert series, including the International Barossa Music Festival, Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival and The Firm concert series. Two of her works for Eve Vocal Trio, Song and Echo, appear on Eve's second CD Muse.

In 2006 Cawrse's collaboration with Australian Ballet dancer/choreographer Paul Knobloch FourTune was premiered at Sydney Theatre as part of the Australian Ballet's Bodytorque - Face The Music presentation. Following this, she was awarded the AYO/NIDA Composition Fellowship, for which she composed music for NIDA's performance of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Gale Edwards.

In 2008, Musaic, commissioned by the Cybec Foundation for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was a finalist in the Classical Music Awards presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre.

In 2010, Cawrse participated in the TSO Symphony Australia Composers' School in Hobart. Cawrse was also awarded the 2010 Schueler Award for Composition, which resulted in her new work for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra ...and there was light being premiered in October 2010.

Current projects include a 2-act opera Innocence, a co-production between the State Opera of South Australia and Singular Productions, a sound and light installation Hope's Passion to be presented by the Adelaide Vocal Project in Adelaide's iconic Queen's Theatre, and a new work for the Adelaide Chamber Singers to be premiered in late 2015.

Alongside composing, Cawrse currently juggles roles as theory and aural lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium, piano teacher, music curriculum advisor and mother to Oscar.

Cawrse's compositional aim is to be accessible but not predictive, familiar but at the same time unique; to speak clearly, entertain, enlighten and enhance.

Anne Cawrse — current to February 2015

Teacher/Influence on

Jesse Budel (2010 - 2012)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2018 Art Music Awards: State Awards Winner: SA State Award On Earth as in Heaven
2018 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist On Earth as in Heaven

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Two Songs for Baritone and Piano : baritone voice with piano (2018) Commissioned by David Cox.
Sacred and Profane : orchestra (2017) Commissioned by Luke Dollman, Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Digital sheet music sample On Earth as in Heaven : for SATB choir (2017) Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.
Digital sheet music sample Fragments for Piano (solo piano) (2016) Commissioned by The Firm.
Parting Songs : for soprano, tenor and piano (2016) Commissioned by The Firm.
Digital sheet music sample Skittled : string quartet (2015) Commissioned for the 2015 ASME Conference and Young Composers Project