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Composition Opportunity

CoLAB: Composer Accelerator Program

  • Deadline date: 18 Jan 2021 [Delivery Deadline]
  • Date held: 2021 (1 March 2021 - Participants Announced)
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Total prizes: AUD 1,000, flights/accommodation to Sydney, mentorship, performance, recordings
  • Entry restriction: Composers must be between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2021


Further Details

At the heart of our organisation is our mission to provide a platform for diverse musical voices, and in doing so, support the livelihoods of world-class Australian artists on home soil.

The CoLAB: Composer Accelerator Program offers a unique opportunity for five talented pre-professional composers to obtain direct industry experience in collaboration with the musicians of Omega Ensemble and under the mentorship of Australian and international composers.

This selective program is suited to young composers with developed skills and strong artistic voices, and aims to accelerate participants through connection to industry and intensive workshops in a professional setting.

Across a nine-month program, each participant will develop a substantive new work for chamber ensemble through workshops led by local and international professional composer mentors and in-studio workshops with Omega Ensemble.

The program culminates with an industry showcase performance at Sydney Opera House to an audience of invited industry guests.

2021 Mentors

Gordon Kerry (AU); Nico Muhly (USA); Holly Harrison (AU); Christopher Cerrone (USA); Luke Styles (AU)

Schedule *

  • 1 March 2021 - Participants are announced and start composing new work
  • 15 & 16 May 2021 - In-Studio Weekend Workshop (Sydney)
  • 5 June 2021 - Digital Workshop (via Zoom)
  • 17 & 18 July 2021 - In-Studio Weekend Workshop (Sydney)
  • 14 August 2021 - Digital Workshop (via Zoom)
  • 25 & 26 September 2021 - In-Studio Weekend Workshop (Sydney)
  • 16 October 2021 - Digital Workshop (via Zoom)
  • 8 & 9 November 2021 - Final Rehearsals and Industry Showcase (Sydney)

* Date may be subject to change. Full details will be confirmed with successful applicants.

The Commission

Successful participants will compose and workshop a 10 minute musical work for chamber ensemble (Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano) across the nine-month program.

Participants will write for the full ensemble and not omit any instruments from their work. Live or pre-recorded electronic aspects are permitted, however the composer must be able to provide all equipment and technology for performance.

Program Inclusions

  • An AUD 1,000 contribution towards the commission
  • Three (3) weekend workshops in Sydney, three (3) digital workshops with international composers, and a final industry showcase performance to be held at Sydney Opera House.
  • Flights (from nearest capital city) and accommodation in Sydney for interstate participants.
  • Recordings and documentation of commission
  • Additional access to performances and industry networking opportunities


Applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2021;
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and reside in Australia for the duration of the program;
  • be able to successfully write for the full range of orchestral instruments;
  • be able to produce professional scores and performance parts (E.g. using Sibelius or Finale) of their works for rehearsals and performance.

Please note, formal tertiary qualifications are not essential. Applicants will be considered based on previous experience and demonstrated ability. Those with diverse experiences and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Application is by online submission.

Applicants will be required to:

  • submit two (2) score examples of recent work. Examples may be for any ensemble size, however it is suggested that at least one example showcase writing for chamber-sized ensemble;
  • submit at least one video or audio recording (max 2) of recent work. At least one recording should accompany one of the submitted score examples. Recordings do not need to be of studio quality, however computer generated recordings (e.g. MIDI) will not be considered highly, with the exception of electronic aspects included in a live work;
  • list current experience, including study, professional experience, awards, scholarships or other professional development programs; and
  • respond to a short brief.

Website: https://www.omegaensemble.com.au/colab-2021


Contact: Omega Ensemble

Phone: 1300 670 050

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