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Hosted by Santa Sabina

Date: Sunday 26 July 2015
Time: 9:30am-5pm
Place: Santa Sabina College, Strathfield
Further Details/Bookings: email [email protected]
Including seminars, workshops and performance; $40-$60 click here 
Performance tickets only; $30 adult $10 student click here


  • 4 world premieres
  • Workshops with composers and performers
  • Kits and CDs for further reference
  • Music within the last 25 years
  • Immediate feedback student on compositions

A workshop in compositional techniques for secondary school students, years 9-11. While the workshops focus on years 9-11, other students are encouraged to attend the workshops if they’re considering composition studies or electives at any level.


4-5 pm on Sunday 26 July, Acacia Quartet, Ensemble Offspring and Sally Whitwell will be presenting a concert of new music including five world premieres (by Alex Pozniak, Nicholas Vines, Anastasia Pahos, Holly Harrison and Andrew Batt-Rawden). The four works commissioned for the event (Pozniak, Vines, Pahos, Harrison) will be performed twice.

The new works will have resource kits and CDs made available after the workshop.


The workshop component will involve members of the performing ensembles and the composers workshopping compositions of students with a view to guide students in;

  • Instrumentation and orchestration
  • Compositional development techniques include harmony, rhythm and melody.

Students will receive immediate feedback on their works from the ensemble and the resident composers.


Stream 1 – teachers
Karen Carey (Artistic Director, Santa Sabina College) speaks on her years of experience in promoting Australian Music. Richard Gill speaks about teaching composition to high school aged students.

Stream 2 – students
At the end of the panel discussion students will have learnt more about the way that young professional composers are currently approaching the creation of new work.

  • What’s the point of composing?
  • How to promote the work?
  • What is the inspiration?
  • When do you finish writing?
  • Compositional finesse

How do I get my compositions workshopped?

Compositions must be written for either a string quartet (or a combination derived from string quartet), or for any combination of piano, percussion, flute and clarinet. All flutes and clarinets are available. Suggested duration is 30 seconds to 1 minute. Percussion is limited to skins (a variety of drums) and metals (cymbals etc). Specific percussion enquiries can be sent to; [email protected]

To have compositions considered for workshop please send your compositions to Santa Sabina – addressed to Andrew Batt-Rawden, no later than Tuesday 14 July.

Andrew Batt-Rawden
c/o Karen Carey
Santa Sabina College
90 The Boulevard
NSW 2135

Or simply email them through to [email protected] as a PDF, by that date. 

We have a limited amount of time to workshop compositions, so first in, best dressed.

Program Details

9:30-10 Performance of four short new Australian works

Class Stream 1: Student Stream; Composer Panel
Class Stream 2: Teacher Stream; Karen Carey and Richard Gill

11-11:30 Morning Tea
11:30-1 Workshops (String Quartet/Mixed Ensemble)
1-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Workshops (String Quartet/Mixed Ensemble)
3:30-4 Afternoon Tea
4-5 Concert



Cost Details

Including seminars, workshops and performance;
$60 per individual participant.
$50 per participant for groups of 5 or more.
$40 per participant for groups of 10 or more.
1 accompanying supervisor per student group has free admission. Other teachers/supervisors able to attend at the participant rate.
Strictly limited to 100 attendees

To book, visit; email [email protected] with; student name(s); responsible person for the student(s) contact details; contact for booking/invoicing contact details

Performance tickets only;
$30 adult $10 student
(Performance is included with the full day package, please do not purchase tickets if you have booked into the seminar)
Available from: 
Seating Capacity: 400


About the Artists

Nicholas Vines – currently the Artistic Director of Sydney Grammar, previously a lecturer on music at Harvard University, recently released his album “Torrid Nature Scenes” through Navona Records, has been commissioned by established music organisations around the world including Chamber Made Opera, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Guerilla Opera, Firebird Ensemble and others.

Holly Harrison – from the Blue Mountains, studying at University of Western Sydney with Bruce Crossman, Holly (who is 25 years old) is almost unknown in Australia. However she has achieved phenomenal success overseas, recently winning the Orkest de Ereprijs award (Netherlands), the Pyeonchon Arts Hall International Chamber Music Composition Competition (Korea) and many others.

Anastasia Pahos – a rising talent having studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with such teachers as Dr Paul Stnhope, Nigel Butterley and various others. She has recently been commissioned by the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta, Sydney Contemporary Orchestra and the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.

Alex Pozniak – a prolific young composer from Sydney with commissions for variety of chamber settings including from Syzergy and The Noise string quartet and Dirty Feet Dance Company. Alex completed his Masters in Composition at the University of Sydney.

Claire Edwardes (percussion), Jason Noble (clarinet) and Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Sally Whitwell (piano), Acacia Quartet have all established their presence within Australia’s contemporary music landscape. They each have championed new works by Australian composition through commissioning and performing activities, whilst maintaining their busy careers as soloists or in ensembles and orchestras.


About the Organisers

Richard Gill OAM – esteemed conductor and music educator. Credits include director of Victorian Opera, conductor of Sydney Symphony Discovery, worked with all major Australian orchestras.

Karen Carey – famous for her work at MLC school which presented 9 biennial Opera House concerts featuring commissioned works, she was the subject of the “Mrs Carey’s Concert” film that raised her fame nationally. She is a recognized music education leader.

Andrew Batt-Rawden – young composer, producer. He is currently; composer, curator Vivid at Seymour, artistic director Bellingen Music Festival, lecturer in music festivals and events management at University of Sydney, director of Chronology Arts, director of Arts Illuminated (publisher of Limelight Magazine).


We would like to gratefully acknolwedge the support of;

 – Acacia Quartet is supported by New Music Network

 – Publishing books and scores of Australian composers

 – Diverse, holistic learning opportunities

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