Classical Guitar Composition Project – seeking expressions of interest from composers

Canberra Classical Guitar Society


Wesley Music Foundation

In 2010, Canberra Classical Guitar Society and Wesley Music Foundation launched The Classical Guitar Composition Project. We are pleased to announce that donations of over $2,000 have been received to date. We are therefore seeking expressions of interest from interested composers of music for classical guitar ensemble.

The aim of the project is to commission two works for amateur guitar orchestra with the intention of supporting two young, aspiring composers in the Canberra region and to increase the repertoire of music for guitar orchestra and specifically for the Canberra Guitar Ensemble (made up of members of Canberra Classical Guitar Society).

Applications from interested composers are now being sought. Eligibility is open to anyone, but the selection panel will be guided by a preference to award commissions to young (age 20-30) aspiring composers who are capable of writing for amateur guitar orchestra, with the additional preference that they be from the Canberra region. There will be a three-person selection panel, at least two of whom will be professional classical guitarists and at least two of whom must be members of Canberra Classical Guitar Society. The final compositions will be single movement works for 4-part guitar orchestra and of around 3-5 minutes in length, although the composers’ discretion will be paramount.

Depending on decisions by the selection panel, awardees may be eligible for up to $1,000 each for their work. The selection panel will establish a timetable and completion criteria with the selectee(s). The project funds are maintained by Wesley Music Foundation who will dispense the award payment.

If you fit the qualification criteria and would like to apply for this award, please send a brief email with your name, email and postal addresses and phone number to: Deadline for initial applications is Tuesday, 1 March 2011.

Thank you to all of the many generous donors and supporters. As additional funds are received, the project will conceivably have an ongoing role for future opportunities and compositions. If you would like to contribute to this project, Wesley Music Foundation can accept tax deductible donations of $2 or more. Please contact Wesley Music Foundation, PO Box 3217 Manuka, ACT 2603, email or telephone 6232 7248.

Further details, including a donation form and payment options, are also available on these websites:

2 February 2011


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