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What is it?

To encourage the creation of new string music and foster the relationship between composer and performer, young artists (aged between 10 - 17 years) are invited to submit their own string and/or piano+string compositions. Depending on durations and difficulty level, one or two compositions will be chosen to be workshopped and performed during the WAYACHAMP Academy Program by students and tutors. A guest composition mentor will be in attendance to give feedback on the works. Previous guests have included Lachlan Skipworth, James Ledger, Rebecca Erin Smith, Simon Kruit and Emma Jayakumar.

2024 Program dates:

Autumn Academy Compose! Workshop

Wednesday 3rd April 2024

Venue: UWA Conservatorium of Music

Ages 13+ 9:30am - 10:30am

10 - 12 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Spring Academy Compose! Workshop

Wednesday 25th September 2024

Venue: TBC

Ages 13+ 9:30am - 10:30am

10 - 12 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Compositions will be workshopped during the Autumn and Spring Academies. Composers will be invited to this workshop and their pieces will be played by WAYACHAMP students and tutors and given feedback by the guest composing mentor. Works should ideally be playable by a grade 7 level musician. 

Examples of instrumentation pieces could be written for:

violin + cello

2 violins + cello

2 violins + viola + cello

violin + cello + piano

violin + viola + cello + piano

2 violins + viola + cello + piano

3 cellos

4 violins

Coaching sessions

Students may apply for a one-on-one pre-workshop coaching session to help prepare their composition. In this session, you can receive help with:

  • how to start your composition

  • developing melodic ideas

  • how to write harmonies to your melody

  • comfortable range of each instrument

  • relating thematic/story ideas to music

  • how to use simple software to notate your composition

OR, bring your own questions!

If you would like to receive a one-on-one coaching session, please get in touch!

Open to

Ages 10 - 17

Applicants do not have to be attending as a WAYACHAMP student.



​​Application due dates:

Autumn Academy: 18 March

Spring Academy: TBC

To apply, fill out the form below.

Upon application, please email a recording of your piece (midi/mp3 ok) to

After the closing date applicants will be advised whether their compositions will be chosen.

Have a question about WAYACHAMP Compose? Send an email here

WAYACHAMP Compose! Application form
Upload PDF of score and parts here
Upload parts separately here if required

Thanks for submitting, we'll be in touch with you soon!

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