Applications for the 2020 Carol Day Commission have now closed.
Thank you for your support.
In 2018 WAYO initiated a commission for a female-identifying, Australian composer to create a new work. Read all about our inaugural commission recipient.
We are thrilled that this award has gained the support to continue in 2020. WAYO is a not for profit registered charity which, since 1974, has been inspiring young people to achieve personal and professional excellence through their passion for music and engagement with their community. Reaching annual live audiences in excess of 30,000, WAYO pride ourselves on providing unparalleled orchestral training and performance opportunities for young Western Australians and our audiences. The selected composer will be invited to write a ten-minute piece for full symphony orchestra with triple winds, to be premiered by our flagship ensemble (WA Youth Orchestra) in Perth Concert Hall in September, 2020.
Gender imbalance in Australia’s professional music sector continues to be perpetuated by the programming choices of our major symphonic performance organisations. WAYO acknowledges this lack of parity, and is working towards correcting this through a focus on equality at a grass roots level. This commission has been designed to offer a female professional the opportunity to write, rehearse, and perform a large-scale orchestral work in a high-profile performance setting, whilst retaining creative autonomy over her work.
The piece will be workshopped and conducted by acclaimed Australian conductor, Jon Tooby, during WAYO’s third season from August – September 2020. The award will consist of a cash prize of $5000, significant rehearsal time, live performance of the work at Perth Concert Hall on 26 September to an expected live audience in excess of 1500, and a live recording of the work.
This award is open to all female-identifying Australian composers 35 years and under as of the closing date. There is no application fee. The winning composer will be selected by a panel of industry experts and representatives of the WAYO board. Submissions must be made no later than 1 February 2019. Applicants will be notified of the result by 15 February, 2020.
Please submit scores of three original compositions that best show your ability. The selection should be varied, but specifically display your strengths in composing for orchestra or large ensemble.
Your submission must include:
– At least one full orchestral work
– Corresponding recordings for each work (midi is accepted but live recordings highly preferable)
– Biography (max. 250 words)
– CV and list of works
– Personal statement/cover letter so we can get to know you better (max. 500 words)