Emerging Composers

Composer In Residence

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).


The program is open to all Australian composers (citizens and permanent residents), aged 30 years or under as of 1 January 2018.

The successful applicants will be required to compose three new works for Composer in Residence, and 2 works for Assistant Composer in Residence, each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra. These works will need to be submitted by May 18, 2018.


  • Open to any Australian jazz composer aged 30 years or younger.
  • $7,500 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.
  • $2,500 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 in a world premiere showcase concert in the City of Perth.


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