Monash International Women’s Day Composition Commission Prize

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music is pleased to announce the inaugural Monash International Women's Day Composition Commission. This annual $10,000 composition commission prize provides an opportunity for a woman* composer located anywhere in the world, of any age, in any musical style to create a work for a school music ensemble of their choosing. The work will be performed at the next International Women's Day. It is the first prize of its kind in Australia.

The recipient will compose a work to be performed by some of the leading student musicians in Australia and the school’s internationally renowned staff as part of the Monash University music ensembles, including the Monash Academy Orchestra, Monash Art Ensemble, Monash Singers, Monash Big Band, String Sinfonia or a range of small ensembles and chamber groups. You can read about them here. The score will be lodged at the Sir Matheson Library, Monash University. The premiere will be recorded and made available on the school's SoundCloud page.

The prize aims to grow opportunities for women composers and provide an opportunity for Monash students to engage with work composed by living women composers.

We are pleased to announce the 2020 winner of our Inaugural International Women's Day Composition Commission is Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, a Taiwanese/Australian composer currently based in the USA. Echo Chamber is a new work for percussionist Louise Devenish and the Monash Sinfonia that will be developed next semester with a premiere planned for International Women's Day in March 2021.

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Join Professor Cat Hope and Professor Deborah Cheetham AO as they announce the inaugural Monash International Women's Day Composition Commission and share personal and professional insights into the importance of elevating and empowering women in music.