Artology announces its 2021 Fanfare Competition

Calling all budding composers who’d love to hear their music played by the Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Chamber Orchestra or Sydney Youth Orchestra, and broadcast at venues around Australia.

Limelight Magazine by Jo Litson on 2 March, 2021

In 2016, Artology’s Fanfare Competition won the Art Music Award for Excellent in Music Education. Since then, the annual event – designed to develop and encourage budding young composers by recording selected fanfares and broadcasting them at venues around Australia – has only grown.

Artology has launched its 2021 Fanfare Competition with its ongoing partner the Australian Youth Orchestra. Artology will also partner with the Queensland Youth Orchestra, who came on board last year to expand the opportunities for Fanfare entrants. This year, the Sydney Youth Orchestra is involved too.

Now in its seventh year, the annual challenge invites young people from 12 to 21 years of age to come up with a 30-second work. Entrants don’t need to have a strong musical background, instead the competition is looking for young composers with “something to say” in a fanfare, which needs to draw audience’s attention to the call to take their seats. Selected participants will be given the opportunity to work with mentor composers Nicholas Vines and Lyle Chan to develop their ideas.

Eight entrants will be selected to work with the AYO on a live recording session at Trackdown Studios in Sydney, and will see their piece broadcast at venues across Australia including City Recital Hall in Sydney, Adelaide Festival Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Ian Potter Centre in Southbank, Melbourne, and Theatre North at The Princess in Tasmania.

Sixteen entrants will see their Fanfare performed at a Queensland Youth Chamber Orchestra concert event at QPAC, and another 16 will see their composition performed by the Sydney Youth Orchestra at a concert at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. They will attend workshop sessions with the mentors as well as an orchestral rehearsal and the concert event.

Two people will also be selected to create the sound design for an Australian Theatre for Young People production or a soundscape for tabletop gaming app Syrinscape.

The winner of the ATYP Sound Design Mentorship will create the sound design with mentor Steve Francis and the ATYP team for the production of Shack, which runs at the Stables Theatre in Sydney in October/November this year. The winner of the Music and Gaming Mentorship will work with program creator Benjamin Loomes to develop a soundscape (both music and sound effects) which will be available as official content for gamers all around the world within the Syrinscape app.

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