Young Composers Award

The Young Composers’ Award is an annual competition for composers established by the South Australian chapter of the Australian Society of Music Education in 1973. The Award aims to encourage and develop musical composition by both children and young adults and provides an effective platform for the performance of their works. Another important function of the Award is to produce a body of new music designed specifically for use in schools and colleges.

Enquiries:  Please direct any enquiries about the ASME (SA) Young Composers’ Award to the YCA Coordinator Ben Fuller on 0450 099 326 or by email to

Results of the 2022 ASME (SA) Young Composers’ Award are available here.  The ASME SA Young Composers Awards concert was held in Elder Hall, The University of Adelaide, at 7pm on Monday, November 21, 2022. 

Closing date for entries for the 2022 Awards – Friday September 30.  Poster and Entry Form (final version) – here.

ASME Young Composer Online Sessions July 11, 2022 — Registration here, $30 per person. Letter and Registration information here, Poster here

ASME SA Young Composers Awards 2021 concert was held on Monday November 22, 7pm, at Adelaide West Uniting Church, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park. A video of the concert is available here.
2021 ASME Young Composers Awards – winners are listed here.
2021 Poster and Entry Form here

ASME Young Composers and Educators Online Sessions were held on Wednesday July 7, 2021.  Article is in Term 3 2021 Newsletter. Sessions featured local composers Adam Page, Nathan Cummins and Lauren McCormick. Flyer and booking information here, poster here

YCA Categories:
for composers 18 years and under on January 1, 2022.
Section A: Composers in school Year R-7
Section B: Sequenced/Rock/Pop Year R-7
Section C: Composers in school Years 8-9
Section D: String Ensembles in school Years R-9
Section E: Composers in school Years 10-11
Section F: String Ensembles in school Years 10-12
Section G: Composers in school Year 12
Section H: Large ensemble composers in school Yr 10-12
Section I: Rock and Popular Music with lyrics Year 8 – 12 or up to age 18
Section J: Sequenced, Rock/Pop Instrumental Year 8 – 12 or up to age 18
Section K: Arrangers in school Years 8-10
Section L: Arrangers in school Years 11-12
ADVANCED CATEGORY for composers 25 years and under on January 1, 2022.
Section M: Music for Schools Solo Instrument or Voice (accompaniment optional)
Section N: Music for Schools Instrumental Ensemble or Choir
Section O: Schools Solo Instrument or Voice (accompaniment optional)
Section P: Ensemble or Choir
Section Q: Electronic Music

2020 ASME Young Composers Awards – winners are listed here.

**** 2020 ASME Young Composers Awards Online Concert held on December 7, 2020 can be viewed here or on the ASME (SA) Facebook page hereA special thank you to all participants for their submissions in the 2020 ASME Young Composers Awards, and thanks also to our generous sponsors, Size Music, Credit Union SA, Winston Music, Music EDNet, Presto Music and AUSTA. 

2020 Young Composers Awards Poster and Entry Form here.

2020 Young Composers Music Camp – due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Camp (originally planned for the Term 2 school holidays) will not be held in 2020.

Many thanks to the invaluable support from our sponsors for the ASME Young Composers Awards for 2021:
Size Music (major sponsor)
Credit Union SA
Presto Music
Winston Music

The 2019 Young Composers Award Concert was held on 25th November, at St Mary’s College, Adelaide. Many thanks to the YCA sponsors – APRA/AMCOS, Credit Union SA, Music EdNet, Presto Music, Size Music, Winston Music.

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Above: Maddelyn Ravanelli, singer/composer. Winner of Section B (Yr R-7 – Rock, Pop) – piece entitled Be Yourself.

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Above: Katelyn Crawford, joint winner of Section L (written for schools, solo instrument or voice), piece entitled Mister Willie Wagtail.

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Above: Hamish Madden, winner of Section E (Yr 12), piece entitled Darknesse-Litany-Trisagion.

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Above: Aaron Pelle, joint winner of Section L, piece entitled Prelude in E major, and Section M, piece entitled Purgatory.

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Above: Orchestra from St Ignatius College performing Bad Guy, arranged by Lara Turner, winner of Section I (Arrangers in Schools Yr 11-12).

The 2018 Young Composers’ Award Concert was held on Monday 26th November, 2018. There is an article about this concert in the ASME (SA) e-Newsletter Term 1 2019 – see here


ASME Young composers concert 2018


Ben Fuller – YCA Coordinator

2018 Young Composers Camp – non-residential Composing camp was held at Scotch College 10-12 July.

Report and results of 2017 YCA – here 

Some photos from 2017 YCA Concert, held November 27, 2017.