Congratulations to AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association) and Corinne Arter, NECOM Program Manager, whose determination and commitment have ensured that the Composition Eisteddfod will go ahead this year as the only surviving event of Armidale’s annual Eisteddfod cancelled due to COVID-19.
And its all thanks to Zoom that it can go ahead online so composition entrants, schools and students won’t miss out.
“The Armidale Eisteddfod composition section provides a unique opportunity for budding young composers to receive feedback from professional composers. This year we were pleased to get entries from all around our region not just Armidale as teachers build the Eisteddfod composition opportunity into their classroom music programs. There was even had one entry from Sydney!” Corinne Arter said today.
This year 55 compositions from K-Yr 12 students right up to adults were entered and composer-adjudicator Holly Harrison from Sydney had the challenging task of selecting 27 finalists in 9 categories.
The Composition Eisteddfod will zoom ahead next Wednesday 10 June starting at 4pm. First up is a Composition Seminar for elective music students and composer entrants presented online by Holly Harrison from her Sydney studio. This is followed by the announcement and discussion of the winning compositions by Holly at 5pm. Prizes include cash awards donated by NECOM and beautiful framed scores by Australian composers donated by well-known music educator Deidre Rickards OA.