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 2017 winner Sarah Brown, who gave the following description of her work for flute and piano, Wedding Cake Mountain:
“I actually wrote this piece in memory of Cassie’s [flautist Cassandra Gibson] late grandmother, who lived not too far away from Wedding Cake Mountain in the Warrumbungle National Park, NSW. Cassie’s grandmother was an artist, and mountains seemed to be a recurring motif in many of her paintings. I drew my inspiration from one of her paintings, as well as the stories that Cassie told me about her life – stories of peaceful contentment, busy farm life and bittersweet memories. Her ashes are buried in a spot where there is a clear line of vision to Wedding Cake Mountain.”
In conjunction with the University of South Australia, ANZCA has established three annual music prizes to encourage students studying for the Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) degree. The three $500 prizes are offered for musical performance excellence: one each to students from years 1, 2 and 3 of the degree course. The criteria include student work and music performance 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.
Congratulations to the following winners of the ANZCA Music Performance Excellence Awards for 2017: Ethan Harris (Level 1), Lucinda Zola (Level 2) and Hannah Williams (Level 3).