The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra this week announced the four composers, selected from 55 applicants, who will take part in the 2018-19 TSO Australian Composers’ School. The successful applicants are Holly Harrison (Sydney), Mark Holdsworth (Perth), Ella Macens (Sydney) and Harry Sdraulig (Sydney).

The TSO Australian Composers’ School is a unique opportunity to develop orchestral composition skills with one of Australia’s foremost symphony orchestras. This exciting program is an integral part of the TSO’s Australian Music Program.

Building on the success of past schools, the TSO will for the first time provide a two-year program aimed at identifying and preparing composers on the cusp of their professional careers as orchestral composers suitable for possible commission opportunities from professional orchestras upon graduation.

Successful applicants will work closely with Director Matthew Hindson over a two-year period, spending a week in Tasmania each year to attend workshops with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  Over the course of two years, participants will write a ‘calling card’/fanfare-style work (2018), an original orchestral composition (2018), a work for orchestral instrument soloist and orchestra (2019) and arrangements/activities as nominated by the Director and Staff (2018-2019).

TSO Australian Composers’ School staff will be Director – Matthew Hindson, Conductor – Elena Schwarz, Tutor – Natalie Williams (2018), Tutor – Paul Stanhope (2019).
Full participant biographies and images available at