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The Sutherland Music Club Youth Music Awards (YMA) Young Composer Section


Entries: Close 4pm Friday 10 May 2024 but email now if you are considering entering this competition.

Enquiries: Jill  - or Sonya 0439 862 366

General: The time limit is 2 to 5 minutes. The work may be for any combination of instrument from solo instrument/voice, up to large ensemble (not exceeding 20 performers) or choir (SATB or SSAA). Please ensure you read all Rules & Conditions. Entries will be judged from the submitted score, recording & description of work/theme interpretation (150 words maximum). Hard copies of these should be delivered to the Co-ordinator (recording on USB or audio CD). A link will be given to also upload these to Dropbox for the Adjudicator. A second entry may be submitted.

The Young Composer Competitions aim to encourage:

  • musical & creative excellence in a diversity of genres

  • development of composition skills

  • display their originality of thought & innovative ideas

  • music of different styles & cultural traditions

  • high standards

The judging criteria include:

  • theme interpretation

  • creative ability

  • demonstration of clear & coherent development

  • understanding of instrument capabilities

  • score presentation

There are two categories in the 2024 Youth Music Awards Young Composer's Section

1. Banksia Award  - 2024 theme "Bold & Fearless!" i.e making bold compositional choices; the piece doesn't have to sound "heroic. Adjudicator Ben Robinson

This section is open to entrants between 13 years & 18 years who live or attend school i the Sutherland Shire or St George areas.

Note: Previous 1st place YMA Banskia composition winners are ineligible to re-enter this section

2. Waratah Award - 2024 theme "Colour & Shapes" Adjudicator Claire Edwards

This section is open to entrants between 19 years & 21 years who live in the Sutherland Shire or St Geroge areas or who have been previous entrants in the Youth Music Awards.


Note: Past 1st place YMA Banksia composition winners, even if under the age of 19 years, may enter.


Young Composer Rules & Conditions

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