Compose Program

Compose Program

Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Compose Program is designed to introduce secondary school students to composing for orchestral instruments, extending learning in the senior phase of their schooling beyond the general requirements of the curriculum. Through workshops and face-to-face activities under the guidance of QSO Composition Mentors Craig Allister Young and Timothy Tate, participating students have the opportunity to write compositions for the QSO Connect Ensemble, resulting in a final presentation at the QSO Studio in South Bank, Brisbane. 

For the first time in 2024, students can apply on an individual basis (independent of their school) or as part of a group from a school (4 students per school maximum). If applying as a school group, all students must still individually submit an application. This year's theme revolves around the concept of "home", with our young composers drawing inspiration from personal reflections. We extend a special thank you to the Elders from Inala Wangarra for guiding our participants through insightful discussions about the essence of home.

2024 Compose Program Participants:

Liam Booth
William Clegg
Natalie Deveson
Nate Galligan
Henry Harris
Taylee Jurekie-Rofe
Alex Kan
Griffin Lee
Andy Liu
Billy Liu
Able Lor
Jonathan Platz
Leo Rossetti
Leonardo Verbica
Catriona Williams
Brisbane Girls Grammar School (Ursula Carter, Magaret Barrett-Beck, Scout Sommerfeld, Lisa Walsham)
Kenmore State High School (Asha Baldwin, Mathew Beasley, Eloise Grigg, Connor Laidlaw),
Narangba Valley State High School (Melodie Berry, Emma Tate, Harrison Vandenberg)
Toowoomba Anglican School (Vivien Forbes, Anne Lacey, George Lawrence)

Final Presentation

Book now for the 2024 Compose Program Final Presentation

Applications for the 2025 Compose Program will open October 2024. Sign up to our mailing list below to stay up to date on QSO Connect news and activities. 

“Amazing! 10/10! It's inspired me to write more orchestral pieces.”

-2023 Compose Participant

“The standard of compositions was high and all were very enjoyable. It was very impressive that the QSO musicians played every single composition well and took time to work on detail.”


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Frazer Family Foundation

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The Birtles Family Foundation

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Orchestra works, plays, and creates music, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.