The annual ASME Queensland Young Composers’ Competition provides the opportunity for young composers from across the state to submit their own works for critique and assessment by our adjudicators who work as professional composers in Australia and vie for a prize at our awards ceremony. Previous entrants and winners of the Young Composers’ Competition have gone on to study composition at a tertiary level or work in the music industry as professional composers. The Senior Vocal/Instrumental prize is presented as a memorial to Matthew Sorensen, a former winner of the Young Composers’ Competition. ASME Qld is forever grateful to Matthew’s family for their generous support of this prize.See the 2021 Prize-Winning Entries
YOUNG COMPOSERS' COMPETITION 2021
Young Composers from Years 1 to 12 attending a Queensland school can enter their works across three sections in 2021: Electronic/Film Music, Song Writing and Vocal/Instrumental. Scroll down for full details on this year’s competition.
All entries for YCC are to be submitted electronically. Online entries are open now.
Topology Vocal/Instrumental Section
While the style/genre of this section can be from classical through to contemporary, the compositions are to be specifically written for an instrument/s (solo or any combination of ensemble) and/or vocal (art song or choral, but not in song writing style).
Other Music Electronic Music Section
Within this section, students are able to submit compositions that make use of loops (previously generated or original), compositions that make use of sampling and those compositions which specifically manipulate sound sources through digital means. Please note that compositions that make use of notational software are to be entered into the vocal/instrumental section.
Hazzard Sound Song Writing Section
Within this section, students can submit an original work (music and lyrics) in a contemporary, pop, rock or folk style. This is the only section in which a group entry is permissible. A maximum of 5 students may be in the group. Prizes for this section will be shared among the group members.
AGE DIVISIONS & ENTRY FEES
Entries for 2021 will be accepted in all sections for the following age divisions:
- Primary: Students enrolled in Years 1 to 6
- Middle: Students enrolled in Years 7 to 9
- Senior: Students enrolled in Years 10 to 12
The 2021 Entry Fees for the competition across all sections will be:
- Primary Division: $15 per entry
- Middle & Senior Divisions: $20 per entry
Please Note: Monetary value of all prizes will be awarded either in cash or gift vouchers.
Primary Divisions Middle Divisions Senior Divisions
Senior: Min. 2 mins, 32 bars; Max. 5 mins
Middle: Min. 1 min, 16 bars: Max. 5 mins
Primary: Min. 30 sec, 8 bars: Max. 3 mins
Vocal/Instrumental Section – PDF and mp3 file
Electronic Music Section – wav file is preferred but mp3 file is accepted. Also, 2-4 screenshots of arranging window (click here for examples)
Songwriting Section – wav file is preferred but mp3 file is accepted
A short paragraph outlining the intent of the composition must be included and submitted in PDF format.
Highly Commended Prizes
Highly commended students will receive a prize from 4MBS.