WASO’s Composition Project offers young and emerging West Australian composers the opportunity to develop their skills in a professional environment. Through a series of individual lessons, workshops and rehearsals, participants will compose a new work for a 14-piece chamber ensemble, performed by WASO musicians in front of a live audience at Perth Concert Hall. Participants will be mentored by the project's Artistic Director, James Ledger 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 is designed for emerging composers currently studying at a tertiary institution or recently graduated (2020/2021). Throughout the project composers will develop their work in close collaboration with WASO musicians, building knowledge of the professional commissioning process of working with a chamber ensemble and building skills in the live compositional workshop process.
"When you work with people of such high quality and professionalism you can’t help but be brought up to their level.”
– Brendan Boyle, 2021 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 2022 (14-piece chamber ensemble) are now closed.
Please take note of the key fixed project dates that all participants will be required to attend:
Monday 6 December - Applications close
Monday 13 December - Application outcome communicated
Tuesday 8 March – Workshop 1, 10am-4pm
Tuesday 19 April – Workshop 2, 10am-4pm
Tuesday 10 May – Workshop 3, 10am-12.30pm
Wednesday 11 May – Workshop 4, 10am-12.30pm
Tuesday 24 May – Musician Workshop 5, 2-4pm and Public Performance, 6-7pm
Composition Project is supported by Bendat Family Foundation.