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What is it?

Established in 2019, WAYACOMP encourages ensembles to continue playing together on a regular basis and provides an incentive particularly for those ensembles formed during WAYACHAMP Programs. It is also an opportunity for ensembles to refine one of their pieces, aiming for the highest quality performance possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment, ensembles are assessed by an adjudicator in the categories of technical, musicality, ensemble and general performance presentation.

Open to:

  • Students under 18

  • Ensembles of 3 - 6 people, 1 player to a part

  • Any instrumentation

  • Performance of one or more movements within the maximum time limits 

  • Repertoire should be from the Western Art music repertoire

  • Enter in as many ensembles as you like!

  • Early video submission option available if live performance on the day not possible


Junior Section

All members should be aged under 13 on the day of competition

Time limit: 5 minutes

Senior Section

All members should be aged under 18 on the day of competition

Time limit: 12 minutes

2023 Competition details:

Live performance date: Sunday 10th December

Junior Section commencing 3pm

Senior Section commencing 4:30pm 


Entries by video submission: Due Wednesday 6th December

(filming will be completed by a WAYACHAMP representative in one take to ensure fairness between ensembles)


Callaway Auditorium, Conservatorium of Music, UWA

2022 Adjudicator:​

Shaun Lee-Chen

Co-ordinator of Violin Studies and Artist in Residence at the UWA Conservatorium of Music

Shaun Lee-Chen is a dedicated violin teacher and internationally celebrated performer with a special interest in historical performance and 19th century violin pedagogy. He was a member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) for more than a decade before taking up the position of Artist in Residence at the UWA Conservatorium of Music.

Mr Lee-Chen is the Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO), appointed in 2016, and his soloist credentials include performances with WASO, Queensland Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

He has been guest assistant and Associate Concertmaster with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and TSO, and performs regularly with WASO.

Application details:​

Competitors are required to register individually - check back here to see when applications for WAYACOMP 2023 open!

Special thanks to our 2022 supporters
Tertiary Education Partner
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Sponsor of the Senior Section 1st prize
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Sponsor of the Junior Section 1st prize
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Thank you for helping us make a difference!

With thanks to the following donors who have contributed towards prizes for WAYACOMP 2022:

Ed Charles ($10), Rosalie Bonekamp ($10), Talia Marsh ($50), Kate Shearer ($20), Yifan Li ($10), Melina Dimitriadou-Pierce ($20), Anonymous ($10), Anonymous ($10), Anonymous ($30), Anonymous ($50), Anonymous ($10), Anonymous ($150)

WAYACOMP Terms and Conditions

1. All members of the ensemble must adhere to the age limits of each section. This means that for the Junior section, all members of the ensemble must be aged 12 or under on the day of the competition and for the Senior section, all members of the ensemble must be aged 17 or under on the day of competition, unless specific permission has been granted.

2. If an Under 13 ensemble would like to perform a piece longer than the 5 minute limit, they should enter the Senior section.

3. Applications and payment from all ensemble members must be received by the closing date.

4. Ensembles must email a score of the piece being performed by the application closing date to

5. Photocopies of music which is still in copyright are illegal and may not be used by competitors. Pieces still in copyright must be performed using original scores.

6. Ensembles must perform their one or more movements in their entirety, without cuts or modifications. Repeats are optional.

7. Prizes will be awarded to the best 3 performances on the day of the competition for each section. All prizes will be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion. The adjudicator’s decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

8. Non-attendance by any ensemble member on the day of the competition will result in a forfeit for that ensemble.

9. Competitors shall arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the competition.

10. Family, friends and teachers are welcome to attend the competition and are encouraged to listen to all competitors. At no point during the performances should audience members speak with the adjudicator. Recording is allowed for personal use only.

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