Composition Competition for Emerging Women Composers in Ireland - South Tipperary Arts Centre’s Finding a Voice Concert Series 2019

Deadline: 4 January 2019 17:00

South Tipperary Arts Centre is delighted to announce a composition competition for emerging Irish women composers as part of their second concert series of music by women composers, Finding a Voice, set to take place in Clonmel in March 2019. 

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Clara Schumann in 2019, Finding a Voice has commissioned a series of variations/reflections on a theme by Clara Schumann from six of Ireland’s notable women composers - Jane O’Leary, Rhona Clarke, Siobhan Cleary, Marian Ingoldsby, Anna Murray, and Amanda Feery.

Each of the commissioned six composers will write a short variation/reflection for solo piano on a theme by Clara Schumann, with the winner of the composition competition making up a seventh variation/reflection.  The final piece, Reflections on a Theme by Clara Schumann will be premiered by leading Irish pianist Mary Dullea on Saturday 9thMarch 2019 in Clonmel in a concert that will also include a performance by the Fidelio Trio.

The theme, which has already been selected by the commissioned composers, is the Scherzo theme from Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in g minor Op. 17 (1846).  Emerging Irish women or female-identified composers are invited to submit a ‘reflection’ on this theme for solo piano of 1-2 minutes duration.  For the purpose of this competition, ‘emerging’ is defined as student composers or composers at an early stage of their compositional career.  The winning composition will be selected anonymously by a panel chaired by Dr Rhona Clarke, one of the commissioned composers.

Further information, including full details, terms and conditions, application form and a copy of the Scherzo are available from South Tipperary Arts Centre:+353 52 612 7877, email


More details please see attached pdf PDF iconfinding_a_voice_2019.pdf