WASO’s Composition Project offers young and emerging Western Australian composers the opportunity to develop their skills in a professional environment. Through a series of individual lessons, workshops and rehearsals participants compose a new solo work for a WASO Musician. Participants are mentored both by James Ledger (Artistic Director) and WASO musicians.
This project has helped previous participants successfully gain placement in national and international composition programs, post-graduate studies and secure professional commissions and residencies.
The program offers up to six emerging composers currently studying at a tertiary institution the opportunity to write a solo work for a WASO musician. Throughout the project tertiary composers will develop their work in close collaboration with a WASO musician, building knowledge of the professional commissioning process of working with an individual performer and building skills in the live compositional workshop process.
The intimacy of composing for a solo performer allows for a range of expression and compositional specificity that is quite unique to other musical genres.
– Victor Arul, 2020 participant
Working with Josh has proved to be the most enjoyable part of the composition project for myself, with his incredibly expansive knowledge of the instrument, interesting repertoire, and compositional processes, proving invaluable in the formation of the piece that I have produced, and in the expansion of my capacity as a composer.
- Charles Barblett, 2020 participant
Applications for Composition Project 2021 (solo instrument) have now closed. Application outcomes will be communicated on 26 March 2021.
Please take note of the key fixed project dates
Friday 26 March - Application Outcome communicated
Friday 16 April - Introduction and Session 1
Tuesday 4 May – Musician Workshop 1
Tuesday 18 May – Musician Workshop 2 with James Ledger
Tuesday 8 June – Musician Workshop 3 and Public Performance
Composition Project is supported by Bendat Family Foundation.