MTAQ Inc. Gold Coast Branch
We cater for emerging composers as young as 4 years of age through to the open sections, from Local Gold Coast sections to the Open junior and Open Senior to all areas / states / international.
Entrants perform their original works (or for those who are unable to attend, via CD recordings). A score must be provided for the adjudicator. Many of the works presented in the Composers Competition are actual “world premieres” and it is a special event to hear these new and dynamic compositions which are shared with a very open and appreciative audience.
Works presented represent various instruments, keyboard, voice, ensemble, or combination with a wide range of styles.
Many entrants have gone on to continue their composing careers having had encouragement from our competition. In fact, some past entrants have indicated that it was our competition that introduced them to composition where they had not considered this as a means to express their musical language.
The Composers competition is a means to encourage the creation of and pursuit of original Australian music. As a tribute to the composer/Adjudicator, students and teachers perform works by the Adjudicator thereby encouraging others to perform these works in future.
During the event, the composer/Adjudicator gives a lecture/talk on composing which is greatly received by those present.
The annual Composers Competition began in 1989 with its inaugural adjudicator Dulcie Holland. Since the early beginnings the competition has become a major event hosted by MTAQ Inc. Gold Coast Branch.
Many prominent composers have adjudicated our competition such as:
1989,’91,’93; ’95 ’97 – Dulcie Holland;
1990 Philip Bracanin
1992 Mary Mageau
1994 Ann Carr-Boyd 1996 Colin Brumby
1998 Betty Beath
1999 Michael Kieran Harvey
2000 Stephen Leek
2001 Stephen Cronin
2002 Peter Rankine
2003 Luke Yaaniste
2004 Gerard Brophy
2005 Sonny Chua
2006 Ralph Hultgren
2007 Mark Gibson
2008 Bradley Eustace
2009 Glennis Carter-Varney
2010 Gordon Hamilton
2011 Dr. Graeme Denniss
All of our composer/Adjudicators have commented that our competition is a unique and worthwhile event through the enthusiastic support we give to students and emerging composers and the promotion of Australian original music.