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 is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023! The 50th Anniversary Young Composers Award Concert and Ceremony will be held at in the beautiful Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide SA, 5000, at 4pm on Sunday November 19, 2023. This year as well as performances from our award winners we will be celebrating 50 years of the competition through performances of works by past winners and contemporary composers. These include works from Rachel Bruerville, Anne Cawrse, David John-Lang, Nathan Cummins and Quentin Grant to be performed by the Eurelia Trio and special guests. Entries for this year’s Awards closed at the end of Term 3, and the adjudication process currently underway. Tickets to the 50th Anniversary YCA Concert are available via this link .

YCA poster and the 2023 entry form
Please note: Entries closed Friday September 29, 2023.
Entries are to be submitted electronically via email to:

Please email for further details.

YCA Categories:
for composers 18 years and under on January 1, 2023.
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, 2023.
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