In 2014, the ANZCA Board of Directors took steps to expand our organisation's encouragement of developing musicians through the establishment of music prizes in conjunction with prominent tertiary institutions.
While the development and expansion of this programme continues, ANZCA is proud to be involved currently with the following music prizes.
The ANZCA Composition Prize at the ANU School of Music is offered to undergraduate, Honours or Masters students for best composition, as assessed by a panel chaired by the Head of School of Music. The recipient receives a cash prize and is invited to list their work in ANZCA’s syllabus.
The ANZCA Music Prize is offered for Best Composition by a Bachelor of Music student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University. This prize, which is adjudicated by members of the University's faculty, consists of a $1500 cash prize and promotion of the winning composition through inclusion in the relevant ANZCA syllabus.
Congratulations to the 2018 winner Morgan Heenan (pictured left), who describes his winning work Refractions as follows:
“Refractions is a short piece for tenor saxophone and piano, built on jagged and stark textures and harmonies atop a droning piano ostinato. The saxophone makes use of extended techniques including multiphonics and unpitched sounds, along with the wandering, harmonically open melody. The piano accompanies with short interjections, as well as book-ending the piece with sharp and drawn-out chromatic passages played freely.”
In conjunction with the University of Otago, ANZCA has established an annual music prize to encourage students studying for the Bachelor of Music degree (or Bachelor of Music with Honours) and specialising in contemporary performance. The $1500 prize is offered for contemporary musical performance excellence from years 2, 3 and 4 of the degree course, on guitar, drums, bass guitar, vocals or keyboards. The criteria can include original student work, or performance of set repertoire at the higher end of High Distinction grades (90–100%) for the entire course, at a level of proficiency and imagination such as would be seen as outstanding in a professional context.