South Australia

6 October 2023

Young Composers Award SA

About the SA Young Composers’ Award 

The Young Composers’ Award is an annual competition for composers established by the South Australian chapter of the Australian Society of Music Education in 1973. The Award aims to encourage and develop musical composition by both children and young adults and provides an effective platform for the performance of their works. Another important function of the Award is to produce a body of new music designed specifically for use in schools and colleges.

The SA Young Composers’ Award celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023! The 50th Anniversary Young Composers Award Concert and Ceremony was held in the beautiful Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide SA, 5000, on Sunday November 19, 2023. As well as performances from our 2023 award winners, we celebrated 50 years of the competition through performances of works by past winners and contemporary composers. These included works from Rachel Bruerville, Anne Cawrse, David John-Lang, Nathan Cummins and Quentin Grant, performed by the Eurelia Trio and special guests. You can view a video recording of the concert through the Media section on the Resource Hub .

Results of 2023 ASME (SA) Young Composers Award

Please note: Entries to close Friday September 28, 2024.
Entries to be submitted electronically via email to:

Please email for further details.

YCA Categories (to be confirmed):
for composers 18 years and under on January 1, 2024.
Section A: Composers in school Year R-6
Section B: Sequenced/Rock/Pop Year R-6
Section C: Composers in school Years 7-9
Section D: Composers in school Years 10-11
Section E: Composers in school Year 12
Section F: String Ensembles Composers in school Years R-9
Section G: String Ensembles Composers in school Years 10-12
Section H: Large ensemble Composers in school Yr 10-12
Section I: Choir Composers/Arrangers Years 7-10 (SA/SSA)
Section J: Choir Composers/Arrangers Years 11-12 (SSA/SATB)
Section K: Arrangers in school Years 7-10
Section L: Arrangers in school Years 11-12
Section M: Rock and Popular Music with lyrics Year 7 – 12 or up to age 18
Section N: Sequenced, Rock/Pop Instrumental Year 7 – 12 or up to age 18
ADVANCED CATEGORY for composers 25 years and under on January 1, 2024.
Section O: Music for Schools Solo Instrument or Voice (accompaniment optional)
Section P: Music for Schools Instrumental Ensemble or Choir
Section Q: Solo Instrument or Voice (accompaniment optional)
Section R: Ensemble or Choir
Section S: Electronic Music

ASME recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first musicians, storytellers and educators of this land. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, acknowledging their ongoing connection to land, sky and waterways