The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra (SHSO) is proud to announce a competition for an original orchestral work, sponsored by one of our distinguished patrons, Ann Carr-Boyd AM. 

The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2014 as a result of overwhelming interest in establishing a symphony orchestra in the region. The SHSO has become a significant feature of the cultural life of the Southern Highlands. 

The winning composition will be performed at the SHSO Concert Series in September 2023.

The closing date for competition entries to be received is 30th June 2023.

First Prize


Encouragement Award



 1. The applicant must live in the following locations: Southern Highlands, Goulburn, Nowra, Illawarra, Kiama, Kangaroo, Valley, Camden, Picton, Wollongong 

In addition, any former student from these districts who is now at a tertiary institution outside these areas may also enter the competition. Please state location. 

2. The composition is open to all ages. 

Persons under the age of 18 should have approval from parent/guardian 

3. Orchestration: 

The composition should be of approximately five-minutes duration and for full orchestra, highlighting sections of the orchestra. It may also be for a solo instrument/s (except piano and organ) with orchestra. 

4. Musical style: 

The work should be accessible i.e., playable and showing knowledge of the instrument/s. 

5. Instrumentation: 

piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion: (bass drum, triangle, cymbals, tubular bells, glockenspiel, xylophone, tambourine, snare drum, not all of which must be included), all strings. 

6. Presentation: 

The score should also be presented on four sound files as well as four hardcopies. The four copies will be required for the judges. 


The name of the applicant must not be written on the score or hard copies. 

Each entrant will be provided with a number when the composer application is received. 

Please ensure your name, address/email and phone details are included in the application. 

All entries should be sent to: 

Composition Competition, 
The Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra Inc. 
PO Box 997, 
Bowral 2576 NSW 

8. Closing date: 30th June, 2023 

9. Winner notification: 

The winner will be notified by 15th July, 2023 

Adjudication decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into. 

The first prize composition will be performed at the SHSO Concert Series 3 in September, 2023. 

The successful composer will be required to send all instrument parts to: 

The Librarian, Southern Highlands Symphony Orchestra, 

PO Box 997, Bowral by 5pm on 1st August, 2023. 

For more information contact: or call 0416 380 567