Imagine hearing your music played by the Australian Youth Orchestra or the Queensland Youth Orchestra and broadcast at venues around Australia! If you are a budding composer or musician then the Fanfare Competition is an exciting opportunity for you.

The Fanfare Competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years, to compose a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online. Selected participants will work with mentor composers Nicholas Vines and Lyle Chan to develop their ideas and attend a live recording session with the Australian Youth Orchestra at Trackdown Studios or participate in a concert event with the Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

If you entered the Fanfare Competition you could be selected for Open Fanfare 2020! Artology is partnering with the QYOs and QPAC to extend the opportunities for Fanfare entrants. You could have the opportunity to have your composition workshopped and performed at a special concert event at QPAC. You will attend two intensive workshop sessions in Brisbane with mentor composers prior to the concert. 12 finalists will be announced at the end of July.

The competition is looking for works that have ‘something to say’ and draw attention. You don’t need to have a strong musical background – your work just needs to draw attention for the intended use of cueing audiences to take their seats at performance venues. Entries are now closed for 2020.  We will reopen the competition again in February 2021.

2020 Open Fanfare Winners

Andrew Udal (Qld) Age 16
Ayda Akbal (Vic) Age 18
Ben (Wenhao) Fan (NSW) Age 18
Courtney Cousins (NSW) Age 20
Danny McNeall (NSW) Age 19
Eamon Roche (NSW) Age 19
Finn Brunning (SA) Age 21
George Teasdell (NSW) Age 17
Hannah Hunt (Vic) Age 19
Hayden Taylor (Vic) Age 16
Jasper Tops (NSW) Age 13
Katia Geha (NSW) Age 18
Lucy Bremner (Vic) Age 13
Matthew Cornwell (NSW) Age 20
Tiffany Yeo (Qld) Age 15
William Dooley (ACT) Age 14

Artology’s Fanfare Competition is the winner of the 2016 Art Music Award for Excellence in Music Education. 

Thank you for allowing us to be involved in the launch yesterday. It was a great day for Hannah and her family and certainly we were proud of Hannah and her achievements. Belmont High School will be promoting your program and encouraging other students to get involved. This program is amazing and you should be rightly proud of the achievements gained by all participants. The students have had an opportunity that others would only dream of. The rewards for the students are obvious but I think that the program will benefit as these young people might become mentors to others in the program as the years go by.

Thanks for inviting us to the Fanfare event today. It’s the type of initiative that I love. Knowing nothing about music I find it astonishing that those pieces were created by such young composers. It’s a really clever way of showcasing the extraordinary talent of young people in an environment we associate with artistic excellence. Just brilliant.

What an opportunity to develop the art and love of music!

Definitely a great initiative and opportunity – demonstrates support from a major Arts Institution.

Amazed by the quality and style for the age. It’s an incredible opportunity and opening for the youths.

Any opportunity for using creativity to support learning is to be valued.

The competition I believe will inspire many music teachers to encourage the development of music in Australia.

The works are of very high standard and will be a refreshing change from the usual beeping.

Congratulations on this innovative initiative! With your superb publicity, news of this should spreads far and wide, and that perhaps all cue bells throughout the land, will soon be replaced with similarly inspirational sounds!


  • Age Limit: 12-21 Years

  • STEP 1

    Select instruments from the Instrumentation List (below) and write your 30 second Fanfare. Create a Short Score (using a few instruments that best suit your composition); a Full Orchestral Score of your favourite four (4) bars plus a Recording. (If you are having difficulty converting your score to Short Score form simply submit a PDF of your full score).

  • Step 3

    2020 Fanfare Competition is now closed. Entries will reopen in February 2021.

  • Step 4

    Winning participants for the 2020 Fanfare Competition (8 people selected) and Open Fanfare (16 people selected) will be announced 22 June 2020.

  • Step 5

    Selected composers participate in workshop days to refine their compositions with mentor composers Nicholas Vines and Lyle Chan.  Fanfare Competition workshops 25 July, 22 Aug + studio recording with the Australian Youth Orchestra at Trackdown Studios, Moore Park (date TBC). Open Fanfare workshops 28, 29 Sept and concert event 30 Sept with the Queensland Youth Orchestras at QPAC.


  • Free travel to attend workshops

  • Work with industry professionals

  • Attend a studio recording with the AYO

  • Attend workshops and concert event with QYO at QPAC.

  • Receive a copy of the studio recording

  • Hear your music broadcast at venues around Australia

  • Invitations to launch events

  • ATYP Sound Design Scholarship offer to 1 entrant


Before you start composing your fanfare make sure you have selected your instrumentation from the following list:

1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet or saxophone, 1 bassoon, 2 trumpets (Bb or C), 2 french horns, 1 trombone, strings (8 violin 1, 6 violin 2, 4 viola, 3 cello, 2 bass), timpani (sizes 32, 29, 26 & 23), percussion (no more than 2 players), electronics or recorded sound. We encourage you to call us if you have any queries regarding instrumentation in particular percussion and electronics (electronics would be accommodated in the final recording process).

Percussion List: 2 bongos, bell tree, bass drum, castanets, snare drum, suspended cymbals (China, standard), glockenspiel, marimba, tambourine, tenor drum, triangle, tom-toms (Please note: 2 players only)



A fanfare is a short piece of music typically played by brass instruments and  percussion with the purpose of gaining the attention of the audience. Artology in partnership with Cool Australia have developed a series of free student and teacher resources to assist with your composition.


A short score is a reduction of a work. Rather than composing directly in full score, many composers work out some type of short score while they are composing and later expand the complete orchestration. To create your short score we suggest using 3 or 4 instruments that best suit your composition.



Each year one Fanfare participant is selected to work with the Australian Theatre for Youth People and Steve Francis to create the sound design for an upcoming production. The winner is selected by the judging committee and receives a cash prize!  The 2020 recipient Oliver Dostal will create the music for a new show in 2021.

“I have found this to be incredibly enjoyable and beneficial as I rely on translating verbal description into a musical context and end product. Steve Francis has been an excellent guide and mentor in this process, lending his experience and expertise to help shape and often clarify the logistical or practical way to create the appropriate sound for a scene. This experience with ATYP is certainly one that will remain with me.” Kailesh Reitsman

2020: Oliver Dostal (Show in 2021 to be announced)
2019: Daniel DuqueApril Aardvark
2018: Maddie Hughes Charlie Pilgrim 
2017: Kailesh Reitsman – Wonder Fly
2016: Chrysoulla Markoulli – Fight with all your might
2015: Sam Weller The Trolleys