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Rae Howell : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Sem duvida (solo electric keyboard) by Rae Howell, from the CD Invisible wilderness

Photo of Rae Howell

Photo: Dean Jones


Rae Howell is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. She is founding director of Sunwrae: a touring ensemble, label and sheet music publisher, and works across a range of genres in collaboration with performing and visual artists, in film, theatre, dance, concert hall, and multimedia productions.

She has studied music at Melbourne University, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, New York University Steinhardt, and has produced a large catalogue of original music albums, sheet music publications, collaborative recordings and sound designs.

Rae has been awarded a UNESCO Aschberg Bursary, a Finzi Trust Scholarship and Guildhall Trust Scholarship (UK), the Eric Stokes Award (USA), and most recently the inaugural MOMENTUM Commission through the Australian Music Centre. She is a fellow of Yaddo and the Millay Artist Colony in New York, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska, The Banff Centre Canada, and has been Visiting Composer for numerous projects and residencies in the USA, South America, West Africa, Europe, Palestine, Vietnam, and Australia.

Rae has performed her music at festivals and concerts worldwide including Australia House London for the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip and Sir David Attenborough, the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House Vietnam, i=u Festival London, SxSW Festival USA, Golden Plains Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Famous Spiegeltent, Camden Haven Music Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in Salvador, Brazil. Other career highlights include projects for One Off Makery (AUS), Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London, Puppets with Guts (UK), and 'Rabbitsss' with media artist Jon Cohrs (USA).

A finalist in the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards for Excellence in a Regional Area, Rae's most recent large-scale environmental research project 'Bee-Sharp Honeybee' culminated in a performance at the Natimuk Frinj Biennale, for string orchestra, a live honeybee hive and realtime animated visuals projected onto giant wheat silos in rural Australia, supported by the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, Creative Victoria, The Pollination Project and a cohort of private funders. A short documentary film by Deacon Warner (USA) about the creative process of Bee-Sharp Honeybee toured international environmental film festivals during 2018-2019.

Rae Howell — current to October 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Goodness gracious : a cappella vocal sextet / ensemble (2009) Composed for the Song Company as part of the MODART composer development programme
Faraway Castle : piano and string quartet (2002) Written for a German/Australian theatre production 'Einst zu einer Zeit' (Once Upon a Time) in Erlangen, Germany
Hugo where I go : for solo piano (2002) Commissioned for a puppetry/theatre production 'The Angel Show'.