music composition syllabus 2014

Sydney Eisteddfod prizes for Music Composition


Ever since Sydney Eisteddfod began in 1933, its organisers have made an effort to promote the work of Australian composers. In 1936 they added an event for Musical Compositions to the program that provided aspiring local composers with the opportunity to air their works in the public domain and obtain constructive criticism from accredited professionals. Over the years, many famous Australian composers benefited from this exposure, Dulcie Holland, Margaret Sutherland, Nigel Butterley, Richard Meale and Larry Sitsky among them. 


Today, the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod program includes a three-event Music Composition program that caters for rising composers, serious students and all who enjoy the challenge of writing their own music.  The events offered are:


301: The Wenkart Foundation Australian Song (any age)

302:  Own Composition (any age)

303:  Own Composition (19 & under)


Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, budding composers are no longer required to perform their works in public. These days, they enter online, and as they now submit their notated music scores and supporting sound recordings electronically, country, interstate and overseas entrants are no longer disadvantaged by distance.


Events in this category also provide music students preparing for their Higher Certificate examinations with an opportunity to obtain feedback on their work from an impartial adjudicator.  In 2015, Sydney Eisteddfod is putting a new system into  place, and as the results will be announced within a month of the submission date on March 9, students will have time to improve their projects and make corrections, if necessary.


As certain conditions apply, we advise entrants to read the guidelines published in our online Syllabus before submitting their pieces.