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TSO’s school composing project


Photographer: Toby Frost

For the second year in a row, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composers’ Project offers tuition, performance and recording opportunities to Year 11 and 12 students eager to hone their skills as composers. Under the direction of Dr Maria Grenfell at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) Conservatorium of Music, the ten secondary school students taking part this year will each compose a short work which will be workshopped by musicians from the TSO once the composition process is underway and will be performed once the work is completed. Over a five-month period, the participants receive expert tuition and advice, and hear their composition performed by professionals as it takes shape and in its final form.

The finished works will be recorded by ABC Classic FM and students will be able to include the recording in their portfolio of works. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composers’ Project is offered in partnership with the UTAS Conservatorium of Music and, this year, the UTAS Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Students will be invited to take their inspiration from an IMAS research theme and will be briefed by researchers from IMAS. Fittingly, the completed works will be showcased in a performance at IMAS.