Call for original compositions 2018

This call for 2018 is now closed. Please consider submitting a work in 2019.


The Grainger Wind Symphony has a commitment to perform published works by Australian composers, including Percy Grainger and support composers in their endeavour. Each year the Grainger Wind Symphony presents a  concert devoted to Australian composers and compositions. In 2018, it will be 9th September.

Here are some ways composers whose works are accepted can benefit from submitting a work to the Grainger Wind Symphony for performance.

  • to receive feedback from experienced musicians
  • to hear their work for wind symphony played by expert musicians
  • to attend rehearsals to discuss their work with players and obtain an audio recording of the rehearsal
  • to attend a live performance and experience the full process from players doing first sightread to the performance.

Composers are invited to prepare and present an original composition for wind symphony that is self published to The Grainger Wind Symphony for performance. That is not in manuscript nor commercially published.

The usual instrumentation of The Grainger Wind Symphony is as follows.

One piccolo part, two flute parts, one or two oboe parts, one or two bassoon parts, Eb clarinet part, 1st clarinet, 2nd clarinet and 3rd clarinet parts, bass clarinet, saxophones in AATB.

Three, four or five trumpet/cornet parts, two or four horn parts, 3 trombone parts with third part being for bass trombone, euphonium part, baritone treble clef part (doubling the euphonium part), tuba, string bass, and percussion as required for around 4 players including piano.

First deadline is 1st June 2018 for submission of full score and set of parts, a composer bio, a recording of the work and program notes.

The committee will determine suitability of the work for selecting for performance. If selected, feedback will be given if parts and score need clarification. The music director may request a meeting to discuss the work.

Final submission deadline is 30th June of successfully selected work with full score and set of parts in standard numbers used by publishers of concert band music. There may be requests for minor editing of parts.

Rehearsals commence Wednesday 1st August. Successful composers will be invited to attend a rehearsal at a negotiated time, and will have an opportunity to speak briefly with the players and conductor. The rehearsal will be recorded and made available to the composer.

The public performance is Sunday 4.00pm 9th September 2018 in St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 360 Church Street, Richmond. Successful composers will be offered complimentary double pass to the concert. A recording of the performance will be given to the composer once the recordings are produced.


Questions can be directed to Roland Yeung Music Director m: 0432 445577. Submissions should be emailed to