One of Australia’s richest composition prizes is again expecting an international calibre field competing for the Isabel Menton Composition Awards.
The 2016 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Isabel Menton Composition Awards will again attract some of the most talented composers both here and abroad, following on from the successful inaugural competition last year.
Honouring Sister Isabel Menton of the Sisters of St Joseph, an outstanding choral musician and teacher, this year’s awards will seek submissions following the theme of Mercy.
Submissions will be accepted across three divisions, headlined by the $4,000 Open division, the $2,000 Liturgical division (open to Australian citizens and residents), and the $1,000 Student division (open to ACU students).
Deputy Head of the National School of Arts Professor Tim McKenry said this year’s competition will attract a wide-range of composers for what is one of the richest choral music prizes in Australia.
“ACU has a long tradition of fostering excellence in the creative arts. The three divisions of the Isabel Menton Composition Awards represent an important opportunity for composers at all stages of their careers,” Professor McKenry said.
“The Awards is one of the richest composition prizes in Australia and is a testament to ACU’s leadership in fostering excellence in the creative arts.”
Entries are now open and must be submitted by Friday 1 July. Winners of the Isabel Menton Composition Awards will be announced on Friday 12 August and prizes will be presented at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday 1 September.