Can you create your own musical ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ in a short one-minute orchestral piece of music? Love writing music and aged 12-23 this is an exciting opportunity for you!
One of the most meaningful things we do as a society is to acknowledge country, to recognise the land, place and history of our Indigenous people. Artology’s visionary new program, ‘To Country’, encourages the creation of short one-minute orchestral works composed by young Australians aged 12-23 years, that are played at the start of a concert as a musical acknowledge of country.
What is an Acknowledgement of Country?
An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country. The acknowledgement can be offered by any person and like a Welcome to Country, is given at the beginning of an event – such as a concert. The Acknowledgement of Country must be sincere and you should do some research on the Country you are acknowledging.
Now’s your chance to get involved and create your own one-minute acknowledge of country. You’ll work with mentor composers, including renowned composer Christopher Sainsbury. The workshops will focus on composition technique and the philosophy behind writing a musical acknowledgment of country. Upon completion, the compositions will be presented by youth orchestras around Australia for a concert or workshop presentation.
Submissions for the 2023 To Country program will open in February 2023 with a deadline of 5pm, Monday 5 June 2023.
Congratulations to everyone who entered. In no particular order the following composers have been selected to participate. Find out more on each composer here.
To Country introduction with mentors Lyle Chan and Christopher Sainsbury.