Willgoss Choral Composition Prize

The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize aims to encourage and inspire emerging Australian composers to create unique, original choral works, in support of UNSW’s thriving choral program and increasing presence in the Australian music scene. 

Being passionate supporters of Australian music, Dr Richard and Sue Willgoss hope their contributions will make a lasting impression, and invite all composers, musicians and members of the general community to celebrate our rising composers and Australia’s future in choral music. 

Open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents of any age, composers must submit an 8–10 minute original SATB or SSATBB choral work (with no further division of parts) that has not been previously performed, recorded or rewarded in previous composition competitions. 

The prize recipient will receive $AUD3000, in addition to an amazing opportunity for the work to be premiered by UNSW’s elite chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort in October 2023. 

Applications for the 2023 Prize will be accepted 19 July 2022 at 9.00am EST until 31 January 2023 at 5.00pm EST. The winner will be announced by Monday 27 February 2023. 

There will be only one winner of the Prize awarded.

How To Apply

Applications for the 2023 Prize will be accepted from 19 July 2022 at 9.00am EST. Click here to be taken to the Application Form.

How the Winner is Chosen

A jury of three will select the winner of the Prize.  The jury will comprise of the Choral Director of the Music Performance Unit (or nominee) as Chair; one member of the academic staff of the School of the Arts & Media (specialising in composition); and one leading choral director from an external organisation, by invitation.

Previous winners:

2020-21 | Oliver John Cameronfive lullabies for uncertain times

2019-20 | Philip Eames - This Great Unrain

2018-19 | Ronan Apcar - Preludes

2017-18 | Owen Elsleythe stars

2016-17 | Matthew OrlovichSonnet, to the comet of 1825

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Jul
2022

Keep your eyes on this space, and start searching for inspiration (and manuscript!) as Music Performance UNSW will launch the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize tomorrow!

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Apr
2022

Week 6 is Flex week at UNSW – a time for students to catch up, take a step back, revise and breathe. The spirit of this week didn’t deter our community ensemble members from wholeheartedly participating in three exciting recording projects....

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Mar
2022

For many in our community the Choral program is more than a cerebral experience. It is a place of expression, creativity, a space of social engagement and belonging.

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Mar
2021

UNSW Music Performance is excited to announce the winner of the 2021 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is Sydney-based composer, Oliver John Cameron.

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2020

Our first tentative steps towards returning to choral singing on campus - five members of UNSW's chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort...

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Aug
2020

The Music Performance Unit UNSW is proud to announce Elizabeth Younan and Michael Grebla as...

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Jul
2020

2019-20 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize winner Dr Philip Eames discusses the "pressure on marketing oneself as ‘...

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Jul
2020

The Music Performance Unit UNSW is proud to announce the Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize for 2020.

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Feb
2020

The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a...

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Feb
2020

The Australia Ensemble has a demonstrated commitment to the development of new Australian music and this International Women’s’ Day, Artistic Chair of the Australia Ensemble...

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Mar
2019

We are thrilled to announce that young composer Ronan Apcar is the winner of the 2019 Willgoss Choral Composition Prize!

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2018

Our congratulations to composer Owen Elsley, who has been awarded the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize for 2018!

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2017

The inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition Prize was awarded earlier this year to outstanding choral composer Matthew Orlovich, for his work Sonnet, to...

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2017

Entries for the inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition competition ...

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Aug
2016

We are thrilled to announce that today marks the opening of the Willgoss Choral Composition Prize, a new prize in support of UNSW's thriving choral program.