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  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   ; Jennifer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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