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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: Parting Songs : for soprano, tenor and piano by Anne Cawrse, from the CD Musical images for piano


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Anne Cawrse (b. 1981) is an Australian composer of Orchestral, Chamber, Vocal/Choral and Solo music. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Anne completed her PhD in Composition in 2008, having studied with Graeme Koehne and Charles Bodman Rae. Anne's penchant for text setting has made her the most commissioned composer of the award winning Adelaide Chamber Singers (four commissions since 2005) and a highly revered art song composer, with notable performances by Greta Bradman, Emma Horwood, Robert Macfarlane, Kate Macfarlane and Bethany Hill. She is also highly sought after as an orchestral and chamber music composer, with commissions from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (…and then there was light), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Musaic) the Australian String Quartet (ASME commission, Skittled) the Adelaide Wind Orchestra (Percussion Concerto: Skin Metal Wood) as well as a long standing relationship with Adelaide's own Zephyr Quartet.

On Earth As In Heaven received the SA State award at the 2018 APRA/Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards, and her orchestral work Musaic (composed for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) was a finalist in the 2008 awards. Other meaningful musical collaborations include works for guitarist Alex Tsiboulski, pianists Michael Ierace and Leigh Harrold, regular appearances of chamber music in The Firm New Music Concert series, attendance at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer's School (2010), and regular performances and commissions by the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

Anne teaches theory, aural and composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Her most substantial work to date is a two-act opera, Innocence, based on the novel 'Time's Long Ruin' by Stephen Orr. Aside from teaching and enjoying an idyllic existence by the beach with her husband Andrew and son Oscar, Anne is currently working on a new work for the Plexus Collective, a High School showcase piece for choir and orchestra, a Requiem Mass for presentation at Clayton Wesley Uniting Church at Easter, and (at least) two new works for String Quartet.


Anne Cawrse — current to February 2019

Teacher/Influence on

Jesse Budel (2010 - 2012)

David John Lang (2009 - current)

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.
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