Youth Composition Competition Announced

Award winning Illawarra based orchestra Steel City Strings is holding a composition competition in line with our “Celebration of Youth” concert series. 

We are offering the chance for a young composer to have their work performed by the members of Steel City Strings.

The winner of the competition will be awarded $1,000 and will have their works performed during the “Celebration of Youth” concert series on the following dates:


  • June 20 | Southern Highlands
  • June 26 | Wollongong Town Hall
  • June 27 | Nowra School of Arts


“A unique opportunity for budding composers to have their music performed live by our award-winning ensemble. We can’t wait to hear what these young composers have to say.” – Kyle Little, Artistic Director.



  • Competitors must be 25 years old or younger
  • Entries close Sunday, April 18th 2021.
  • Entries must be emailed on or before the closing date to [email protected]
  • The composition must be between 3-10 minutes in duration
  • The compositions must be for string orchestra ( – 4 x violin 1, 4 x violin 2, 3 violas, 3 cellos, 1 double bass)
  • Compositions must be submitted in .pdf score format including audio file (e.g. midi, mp3, etc.)
  • Entrants must reside within Australia
  • A winner will be chosen by a panel of judges

Any enquiries, please email: [email protected]



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The members of Steel City Strings are outstanding examples of hard work, enterprise, enthusiasm and dedication. They reach for the stars and beyond. More power to these wonderful people.

Richard Gill AO

In Debussy's Sacred and Profane Dances of 1904 the orchestra was joined by harpist Paulina Smirnov whose scintillating playing created a wonderful and subtly-nuanced centrepiece for the concert.


A fascinating program of works from various musical periods... The orchestra played with a strong sense of ensemble, and brought an infectious verve to the Mozart.



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