Gold Coast

 Music Teachers Association of Queensland Inc. Gold Coast Teacher Group Committee

Coordinator: Jennifer NEWCOMB - Ph 07 55 733 833
Secretary: Janine RYNNE- Ph 07 55 34 92 18


Originally The Gold Coast Branch of MTAQ Inc. was established by a committed group of music teachers. This has grown to a friendly and flourishing committee with a growing professional and associate membership who meet regularly for meetings, professional development workshops, student based activities and social events. In 2010 the Branch changed its name to MTAQ Inc. Gold Coast Teacher Group Committee when it combined with Central Branch Brisbane where the business and memberships are handled. The Teacher Group continues to promote and present all the same activities as the original Group and the dedicated committee remains enthusiastic in providing opportunities for Teachers and Students of the Gold Coast and elsewhere.

Newsletter and advertising

Newsletters are regularly circulated to our local membership with information about coming events, and other music related activities. Advertising for sponsors or businesses is also available in these newsletters. As members of MTAQ Inc, members also receive the quarterly “Bravura” magazine circulated to members throughout Queensland.

See this list of forthcoming events.

Regular activities include

Major Event – Annual Composers Competition:

2017 Composers Competition is being planned for May - further information TBA.

Students of all ages throughout Australia enter original compositions, covering a wide range of instruments, voice and ensemble combinations and styles. These are then performed live for an audience (or recorded for those who cannot attend), and adjudicated by a visiting Australian composer. Some recipients of past awards ave continued a musical career in composition or performance. Trophies are offered for local sections, and cash prizes for open sections. Encouragement awards are also offered, and all composers receive a “certificate of participation”.


MTAQ Inc. Gold Coast Teacher Group Committee holds 4 meetings per year. These friendly meetings are efficiently conducted with the promotion of music education and encouragement of teachers and students. The meetings also serve as a chance for teachers to network and share information and advice.

Workshops/ Master Classes:

A variety of workshops or master classes are conducted during the year catering for teachers and students covering a wide variety of topics such as: Student performer master classes; Lectures on future careers for students; Examination repertoire workshops; Written Theory workshops; Composition workshops; History of Music workshops and many more.


Student Performance Recitals

An opportunity for students to perform at a suitable venue in a very encouraging atmosphere. Students of any instrument/voice are welcome to perform one or more pieces which helps develop confidence, and promotes the sharing of repertoire and musical styles.

Teacher / Adult Student Informal Performance Soirees

 A chance for busy teachers and their developing students to perform in a friendly environment within a social backdrop.


Please check our Teacher Group website for events and forms, brochures and various information.


End of Year Luncheon

Friday, 18 December, 2015 at 11am - Tallebudgera Valley

Contact: Debbie Hinton 07 5593 4610   

Annual Composers Competition - July 16 (entries close 13 June) 2016

Venue: Robina Community Centre

Application Forms:

Entry Form 2016 Composers Competition

Brochure and Conditions 2016 Composers Competition

Composers Competition weg page

Contacts: Janine Rynne or Jennifer Newcomb 

Next Meeting - (Date TBC)


Composers Competition

MTAQ Inc. Gold Coast Teacher Group Committee

21 May 2017

Robina Community Centre, 196 Robin Town Centre Drive, Robina (Gold Coast)

On 21st May our 29th Composers competition was held on the Gold Coast.

Composers from as young as 6 years through to 80+ came along and performed their works live, or for those unable to attend, recordings were sent and played for the audience to listen to.

There were ‘world premieres’  of many fine works performed and the adjudicator, audience, committee and composers all agreed that this was a great opportunity to have the arena to share their works and receive feedback from the judge and more importantly to use their own original works to communicate with those present.

A large proportion of works were for piano, however there were ensemble, instrumental and vocal works plus some innovative film scores which accompanied visual stimulus in the specific Audio/visual section.

Our Gold Coast teacher’s group would sincerely like to thank our sponsors  for their support which hopefully will allow this worthwhile event to continue into the future.

MTAQ Inc Gold Coast Composers Competition RESULTS - 2017

About the competition

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.

Successful composers/ emerging composers

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.

Proudly supporting and performing Australian Music

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.

How to compose / composition tips

During the event, the composer/Adjudicator gives a lecture/talk on composing which is greatly received by those present.


TIME: All day (program schedule notified early May once entries have been received)

ENTRIES CLOSE: Wednesday 26 April (Late entries (double entry fee) only available 1 week after closing date)

ENTRY:  Official Entry form and brochure information available via MTAQ Inc. Web:  by mid-February

VENUE: Auditorium, Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina (corner San Antonio Court)

Enquiries: Janine   ; Jennifer

Composers Competition Background

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 Teacher Group Committee.

Results (Composer Competition) 2016

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
2012 Dr Gerardo Dirie
2013 Dr Robert Davidson
2014 Dr Colin Brumby
2015 - Dr Stephen Cronin
2016 - Michal Rosiak

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.