Emerging Composers

2016 WAYJO Composer in Residence Johannes Luebbers

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra is offering young jazz composers exciting paid opportunities to develop new works and enhance their writing and conducting skills.

Through its unique Composer-in-Residence programs, the Orchestra (WAYJO) annually supports two emerging composers to develop new works for large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commission fees and artistic mentorship. Such opportunities are offered nowhere else in Australia.

The programs are run under the guidance of WAYJO’s Artistic Director, Dr Mace Francis (winner – APRA/AMCOS Jazz Work of the Year and international Scrivere in Jazz prize; finalist – Freedman Jazz Fellowship; nominee – Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards.)

Amelia Jutland-Maynard, 2015 Associate Composer-in-Residence, says it is a fantastic opportunity for emerging composers to write new pieces and work with a high quality band.

“Getting the chance to compose original works that I could workshop with such talented musicians was an invaluable experience. The rehearsal time I had with the band was a really important learning opportunity that allowed me to practice my leading and conducting skills.”
2015 Associate Composer-in-Residence, Amelia Jutland-Maynard

2014 Composer-in-Residence Elliott Hughes is similarly enthusiastic.

“[It was] incredibly inspiring and valuable to my development,” … “I am very proud of the music I created for this program. I was able to try many new musical ideas in this piece and have learnt much more about composing for big band from the experience.”
2014 Composer-in-Residence, Elliott Hughes


Selected composers will be announced at our 2017 season launch, Wednesday 8 February 2017



  • Open to any Australian jazz composer aged 30 years or younger.
  • $5,000 offered to develop 3 new compositions.
  • Flights and accommodation included (if not a Perth resident).

Associate Composer-In-Residence:

  • Open to any jazz composer aged 21 years or younger, residing in Western Australia.
  • $2,000 offered to develop 2 new compositions.

Both positions offer:

  • Advice mentoring from WAYJO’s award-winning music directors and/or other industry professionals.
  • Opportunities to rehearse and perform with WAYJO’s premier band, the 18-piece Composers’ Ensemble.
  • An opportunity to premiere the works at the 2016 Perth International Jazz Festival.


WAYJO Marketing
Phone: +61 8 9471 1950
Email: marketing@wayjo.com


Mace Francis, Artistic Director
Phone: +61 8 9471 1950
Email: mace.francis@wayjo.com