The 2016 Athenaeum Club Composition Competition

The Directors of the Athenaeum Club Foundation invite young composers to submit an original composition to the 2016 Athenaeum Club Competition.

The Competition

The purpose of the Competition is to identify and assist the career development of talented young Australian composers. The Competition will seek to identify a significant original composition and to reward the composer with a modest honorarium, with a professional performance and recording of the work and with facilitation of publication of the winning work by an internationally renowned publisher.


1. Students at the Australian National Academy of Music and undergraduate music students, including honours students, at the Monash University School of Music, The University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts are invited to submit an original work of not less than five and not more than ten minutes, scored for clarinet, ‘cello and piano. Entries must comprise full score, individual parts, a recorded performance captured on a USB stick and a brief description (up to 100 words) of the intent of the work. Only original works that have not previously been performed are eligible.

2. Entries must be received by the Secretary, Athenaeum Club at 87 Collins Street, Melbourne by 5.00pm on Friday, 21st October 2016.

3. Submitted works will be evaluated by a panel comprising Professor Tony Gould AM (Athenaeum Club Artist in Residence), Professor Brenton Broadstock AM (University of Melbourne) and Dr Joel Crotty (Monash University). A shortlist of three works will be selected for performance. The identity of the composer will not be known by the panel when evaluating the submitted works.

4. Each of the three shortlisted works will be performed by an appropriate ensemble at a recital at the Athenaeum Club. At the recital, a panel comprising Professor Gould, Professor Broadstock, Professor Nick Deutsch (Artistic Director, Australian National Academy of Music) and Dr Crotty will select the winning work. The winner will receive a prize of $1,500. The composers of the other two works will each receive $750. There will also be an ‘audience prize’ of $500.

5. It is also planned that the winning work will be published by Hoffmeister in Germany at no cost to the composer.

6. It is a condition of the competition that any of the three shortlisted works may be performed at the Athenaeum Club at any time without the need to seek the consent of the composer and without incurring APRA fees. At any future performance of the works outside the Club, an acknowledgement that the work was commissioned by the Athenaeum Club must be included.