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After a supremely successful inaugural workshop in 2016, Flinders Quartet again invites applications from composers to submit a short work for string quartet to be workshopped by the members of the quartet and composition mentors, Mary Finsterer and Brenton Broadstock, resulting in a professionally recorded live and streamed performance.

Up to six applicants will have the chance to spend up to three hours with the quartet on their composition. The workshops will be open to the public, allowing aspiring composers to witness the creative process of other composers as well as demonstrating their own compositional development. The workshops, rehearsals and performance will take place over a period of eight days towards the end of 2017.

While the program is open to composers of all ages, a special place will be given to a composer below the age of 30, supported by Scarlet’s Fund. This participant will also be eligible for a one week residency at artists' retreat, All That We Are, in Tasmania.

Submissions will be reviewed by Flinders Quartet and a small panel of industry experts and must be received by 5pm AEST, 22 August 2017.


Composers must be Australian citizens or permanent residents with an Australian home address.

Composers may submit as many compositions as they wish. Each composition must be treated as a separate submission, accompanied by the required submission materials (including a separate submission form for each composition).

Submitted compositions must contain completely original music (i.e. not an arrangement of an existing composition or song) and must not have been previously performed publicly or recorded.

The work is to be scored for string quartet: two violins, one viola and one cello. Initial submissions require a full score and successful applicants will be required to provide performance parts.

Total timing of the work to be workshopped will not exceed eight minutes. (It is possible to submit a longer work, however there may not be time to workshop the entire work.)

Entry is by email in two (or three) parts:
1. A completed entry form submitted online: available here
2. Full score in PDF format emailed to admin@flindersquartet.com
3. A mp3 midi file, if appropriate (optional) emailed to admin@flindersquartet.com

Composers must NOT include their name on the score; name is only to be included on the submission form as all submissions will be processed and assessed anonymously. Up to six composers will be chosen to take part in the workshops.

One place in the workshop will be reserved for a composer under the age of 30; this place is supported by Scarlet’s Fund, and the participant will also be eligible for a one week residency at artists' retreat, All That We Are, in Tasmania.

The successful composers will be announced on September 15 and informed by email that day.  

It is a condition of submission that the successful composers allow use of his/her name for media and publicity purposes and makes him/herself available for media interviews as required.

Applications are open to composers anywhere in Australia, however Flinders Quartet is not able to be liable for any costs associated with attending and participating in the workshops in person. If a participating composer is not able to be present in person, FQ will endeavour to organise a video conference-style workshop.

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

We are enormously grateful to the people and organisations who are supporting this project and enabling us to bring the 2017 project to fruition:

Creative Victoria
Australia Council
Scarlet’s Fund a sub fund of the Australian Communities Foundation that supports creative projects in developing communities in memory of Scarlet Spain

Short documentary about Flinders Quartet's inaugural composer workshop project. Filming, sound recording and editing: Justin Batchelor, Batchedit

Flinders Quartet's streamed performance following the inaugural composer workshop project. Filmed and streamed by 5stream.