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Australian Composition Day 2021

October 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am

The annual Australian Composition Day will again be held at Santa Sabina College on Monday 19 July 2021. This year our featured Australian composers are Nardi Simpson (Ensemble Offspring’s First Nations Composer in Residence) and Damian Barbeler.

They will be leading the day with our special guest artists and one of Australia’s foremost new music groups, Ensemble Offspring.

Analysis of set works will be accompanied by an education kit for students and teachers to take home. The set works performed by Ensemble Offspring are:

Of Stars and Birds
a work for flute, clarinet and percussion – Simpson

Visiting Eucalyptus
a work for flute, clarinet, cello and percussion – Barbeler

Student Compositions
Student compositions will also be performed and analysed by Nardi, Damian, and Ensemble Offspring’s live feedback.

Student Submissions
Students are invited to submit a short work of up to one minute in length for an ensemble derived from flute (including bass flute), clarinet (including bass clarinet), cello and percussion. Percussion can include vibraphone and auxiliary instruments i.e. concert bass drum, bongos, two tom–toms and cymbal 

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the professional musicians by writing for the full ensemble

Works must be submitted by Wednesday 16 June 4:00pm at the latest and must include (at minimum) a score, all parts, tempo markings, dynamic markings, bar numbers, the name of the student and the name of composition.

Please note that not all submissions will be selected for feedback on the day due to time limitations.

Please submit your materials to s.touma@ssc.nsw.edu.au
Suzanna Touma, Music Administrator 5-12

Scholarships in 2021
We are offering several scholarship places to students who would like to come but would not otherwise be able to afford to. A teacher must nominate these places. If you are a teacher and you would like to nominate a student for a scholarship place, please email s.touma@ssc.nsw.edu.au

Nardi Simpson

Damian Barbeler

Ensemble Offspring

$40 per student (strictly limited places)

90 The Boulevarde
Strathfield, NSW 2135 Australia
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October 7, 2021


9:00 am


Santa Sabina College
90 The Boulevarde
Strathfield, NSW 2135 Australia



Nardi Simpson Of Stars and Birds (2020)

Damian Barbeler Visiting Eucalyptus (2020)



Claire Edwardes (percussion)

Lamorna Nightingale (flute)

Jason Noble (clarinet)

Freya Schack-Arnott (cello)

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Australian Composition Day 2021