The TSO Composers’ Project provides young Tasmanian composers in grades 11 and 12 with tuition and professional musicians so that the students can create new compositions for two or three instruments.
TSO collaborated with the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to progress the project.Collaboration can bring together complementary creativity and imagination to produce new work and combine infrastructure with the potential to reduce costs or leverage opportunities that would not otherwise have been identified.
In this case, nine students from four schools in Hobart and Launceston were given a presentation on composition tools and techniques in the TSO Studio and attended a presentation and creative workshop at TMAG. Students were also given individual and group tuition on their compositions, hear their works in progress workshopped by TSO musicians, and attended two TSO concerts - one in Hobart and one in Launceston. of Partnering with TMAG draws the strudents towards gaining inspiration from a chosen artwork in the June exhibition, Tempest.
In July the students will attend a workshop weekend in Hobart where they will hear the TSO perform orchestral works and have TSO musicians record their works in the TSO Studio with sound production students from the Friends’ School recording the works.
Following that, everyone will go to TMAG for an invitation-only concert in which TSO musicians will perform each work in front of the chosen artwork. Each student will be given a copy of the recording of their work to include in their composition portfolio for course assessment - an outstanding professional development opportunity for them.