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Composition Opportunity

Flinders Quartet's 2021 Composer Development Program

  • Deadline date: 31 Mar 2021 [Delivery Deadline]
  • Date held: June 2021
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Anonymous entry: Yes


Further Details

Now in its sixth year, Flinders Quartet’s emerging composer program seeks to shine a light on fresh Australian voices and grow the string quartet canon. Following an anonymous selection process based purely on merit, up to five composers will be invited to undertake mentoring, workshops with the quartet, a studio recording of their work, and a live-streamed concert reaching national and international audiences.

While the program is open to emerging Australian composers of all ages and genders, and is assessed anonymously by members of the quartet and the composition mentor, female-identifying or NB composers are strongly encouraged to apply. Two participants will additionally be invited to undertake a one week residency at artists’ retreat, All That We Are, in Tasmania, with return airfare provided.

We are honoured to have Dr Katy Abbott as our 2021 composition mentor.

2021 program dates:

31 March, 5pm AEDT

16 April

9 and 10 June

16 June

The workshops and performance will be live streamed on FQ’s YouTube channelFacebook page and on this website and will be free to view.


FQ’s annual Composer Development Program is intended for emerging Australian composers; no age or gender restrictions apply. Submissions are assessed anonymously, and submitted scores and mp3 (or other) files must be de-identified prior to submission.

Composers must be Australian citizens or permanent residents with an Australian home address.

Composers may submit as many compositions as they wish. Each composition must be treated as a separate submission, accompanied by the required submission materials (including a separate submission form for each composition).

Submitted compositions must contain completely original music (i.e. not an arrangement of an existing composition or song) and must not have been previously performed publicly or recorded.

The work is to be scored for string quartet: two violins, one viola and one cello. Initial submissions require a full score and successful applicants will be required to provide performance parts.

Total timing of the work to be workshopped will not exceed eight minutes. (It is possible to submit a longer work, however there may not be time to workshop the entire work.)

Entry is by email in two (or three) parts:

1. A completed entry form submitted online: available here
2. Full score in PDF format emailed to admin@flindersquartet.com
3. A mp3 midi file, if appropriate (optional) emailed to admin@flindersquartet.com

Composers must NOT include their name on the score; name is only to be included on the submission form as all submissions will be processed and assessed anonymously. Up to five composers will be chosen to take part in the workshops.

The successful composers will be announced on 16 April and informed by email that day.

It is a condition of submission that the successful composers allow use of his/her name for media and publicity purposes and makes him/herself available for media interviews as required.

Applications are open to composers anywhere in Australia, however Flinders Quartet is not able to be liable for any costs associated with attending and participating in the workshops in person. If a participating composer is not able to be present in person, FQ will endeavour to organise a video conference-style workshop.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


Website: http://www.flindersquartet.com/composer


Contact: Flinders Quartet

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