2019 WAYJO Composer Residencies Announced

Now in its 11th year, the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence program has annually supported two emerging composers to develop new works for a large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commission fees and artistic mentorship.

This year we had the largest number of entries we’ve ever seen, making the usual difficult decisions even harder. This is a good indication that jazz composition is still alive and well in this country, especially seeing the quality of the submissions.

However, only two composers could be selected to fill the Associate Composer in Residence and the Composer in Residence positions. They were chosen based on their previous work, education, and proposed ideas for the commission.

WAYJO Alumni Joshua Nicholls was successful as the 2019 WAYJO Associate Composer in Residence.

Joshua has a good grasp on orchestration, voicing and arranging craft as well as having an eclectic range of influences and styles he brings into his music.

Scott van Gemert will be the 2019 WAYJO Composer in Residence.

Scott’s skill and craft in writing for big band instrumentation, and respect for the tradition, was displayed in his previous work.

Scott's proposal to push his concepts of form and structure while still acknowledging the jazz tradition promises to deliver us some exceptional new Australian big band music.

The WAYJO Wednesday Night Orchestra will premier and record these young composer's exciting new works at the 2019 King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, Sat 6 July Downstairs at The Maj - 6.00pm & 7.30pm.

For more information about WAYJO’s composer in residence program and commissioning, please visit wayjo.com/education/emerging-composers

 

2019 WAYJO Composer in Residence - Scott van Gemert
2019 WAYJO Associate Composer in Residence - Joshua Nicholls

Contacts:

Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

Mace Francis
WAYJO Artistic Director
mace.francis@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950


2019 Composer in Residence Applications Open

2019 Composer in Residence Applications Open February 1st

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is offering young jazz composers paid, professional development opportunities to develop new works and enhance writing and conducting skills.

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

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE is open to any jazz composer aged 30 years or younger (as at 1st January 2019), residing in Australia. $5,000 is offered to develop three new, original compositions. Flights and accommodation included (unless a resident of the Perth metropolitan area).

ASSOCIATE COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE is open to any jazz composer aged 21 years or younger (as at 1st January 2019), residing in Western Australia. $2,000 is offered the Associate to develop two new, original compositions.

Both positions offer professional advice and mentoring, opportunities to rehearse and perform with WAYJO’s premier 18-piece big band, and an opportunity to premier the works at the 2019 King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival.

This program is open to all Australian composers (citizens and permanent residents). Successful applicants will be required to compose the works (each six to eight minutes in duration) by Monday 3 June 2019, for performance by the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra.

Applications open Friday 1 February, 2019 and close Friday 1 March, 2019 at 5.00pm AWST. No extensions will be offered or late applications accepted. Submission of the Application Form, plus up to 3 original composition scores and recordings, are required before the closing date. Successful applicants will be notified by Fri 15 March, 2019.

For more information, visit wayjo.com/education/emerging-composers

Contacts:

Justine Thornley, WAYJO Marketing
marketing@wayjo.com
+61 8 9471 1950

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


WAYJO 2018 Composer In Residence

We are proud to announce the participants of our annual Composer in Residence program.

Congratulations to our 2018 Composer in Residence, Tim Newhouse (pictured left) and Associate Composer in Residence, Max Wickham (pictured right).

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

Through this unique program, WAYJO and Artistic Director Mace Francis support two emerging composers to develop new works for large jazz ensemble, offering both generous commissions and artistic mentorship.

The Composer in Residence will compose three new works (2 works for Assistant Composer in Residence), each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra.

While the full line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, you will be able to hear these new works performed as part of our King Street Corner Pocket Festival on July 7.