Fanfare Deadline : 4 June

The Fanfare Competition deadline is soon approaching on Monday 4 June. Fanfare is open to young people aged 12-21 years to write a short 30 second composition to assist calling people to take their seats at venues across Australia.

To enter the competition see the submission details online, select instruments from the AYO instrumentation list, complete the online submission form, upload a PDF score and sound file before

Hear from past participants

Listen to videos, sound recordings and read through interviews from past Fanfare participants online at

One of our past participants says,

‘The Fanfare Competition has been instrumental in shaping what I hope will be become my musical career. I have used the AYO recording as a sample of my work, and it has led to numerous commissions. Fanfare is the gateway to many great opportunities for young composers.’

Why teach Fanfare?

If you are a music teacher, the Fanfare competition is a great way to get your students thinking about composition and musical styles. It is an ideal starting point teaching students about:

  • Techniques of motif development
  • Writing for specific occasions
  • Part writing for a selection of instruments
  • Simple orchestration techniques
  • Exploring the characteristics of a fanfare
  • Writing to a brief

Participation in the project gives students the accomplishment of creating their own piece of music, whilst fulfilling some of the outcomes of the National Curriculum in Music. Participants will have the opportunity to extend their learning by working with mentor composers Lyle Chan and Nicholas Vines, a leading conductor and the Australian Youth Orchestra.