Female composers announced for The Summers Night Project

Tuesday, 03 Apr 2018

Announcing The Summers Night Project Composers 

Tura New Music, Soundstream and Monash University, in partnership with APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre and Decibel New Music Ensemble have announced the composers selected for The Summers Night Project. The project has been established to support and mentor emerging composers who identify as women to create a composition for performances in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with the aim of growing the gender diversity of composers in music programs Australia-wide. Our involvement is part of a firm commitment to gender parity, with all newly created mentorship programs now underway. 

The three composers chosen from a national call-out are APRA AMCOS members Olivia Davies (WA), Rachel Bruerville (SA) and Carmen Chan Schoenborn (VIC, pictured). They will create works for a chamber ensemble comprised of members of Decibel New Music Ensemble and Soundstream. Each composer has been allocated a lead mentor from their home state and has access to all performer mentors each possessing different areas of expertise. 

The composer mentors are Art Music Fund recipient Professor Cat Hope (VIC), Rebecca Erin Smith (WA) and Becky Llewellyn (SA).

“Artistic Director of Soundstream, Gabriella Smart and I decided that teaming up to support composers was a good idea, and that focusing on composers identifying as women – irrespective of their musical style, age or level of experience – was an important focus for a mentorship project at this time. I reached out to Anne Summers, whose work in support and recognition of women in Australia has been an enormous inspiration to me, with the name idea – and so with her approval, and Tura’s facilitation, the project is finally underway,” Cat said.

She continues, "Recent statistics show us that on average, music created by women is programmed and performed less often than that by men, and that is why we have made this project to support composers who are not men in their endeavours as composers. Mentoring builds confidence in a unique way that I really believe adds something important to the development and presentation of new creative work.”

A two-day rehearsal intensive will take place in Perth from 30 June to 1 July 2018 followed by concerts in the three host states:

Western Australia | Monday 2 July | Subiaco Arts Centre

South Australia | Wednesday 4 July | Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Victoria | Friday 6 July | Music Auditorium, Monash University
as part of the Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference

The Summers Night Project is presented by Tura New Music, Soundstream and Monash University, in association with project partners APRA AMCOS, the Australian Music Centre, and Decibel New Music Ensemble


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