4pm - 24 August 2019
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Who are we?
We are doctors and lawyers, we are tradies and bus drivers, teachers and farmers, we are the music community of Victoria.
Our goal is to bring together all community musicians of Victoria to celebrate community music with new Australian compositions.
Our patron, Zoe Knighton, founding member and cellist in the Flinders Quartet is a champion of community music.
Playing music together is such an invigorating way of bringing a community together no matter how large or small. Ignited by the excitement of new music, this project is one that unites and celebrates the true riches that community music delivers.
Jenny Khafagi is a violinist and educator with a passion for contemporary practice and community music. She appears regularly in guest leadership and tutti positions with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and Australian Chamber Orchestra’s (ACO) ACO2 collective, and since 2012 has performed at the helm of award-winning contemporary chamber group, Syzygy Ensemble.
Jenny has undertaken residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada and has appeared at the Melbourne Festival, Queensland Festival, and Metropolis New Music Festival. A passionate educator, in 2014 she was appointed Guest Faculty for New Music Week at the University of Western Australia, is a current member of the ACO’s Inspire Quartet.
so what are we doing?
A composer’s competition with prize money for the best original composition and best arrangement of a major work for community orchestra, adjudicated at the Gala Concert.
Build a music library of original Australian music
All music composed for community orchestras will go into a community orchestra music library, available for community orchestras to purchase. Community orchestras will be able to access new Australian music composed specifically for community orchestras.
connect australian composers with victorian community orchestras
We will introduce community orchestras to composers to write original works for specific community orchestras and/or arrangements of major works. We encourage a collaborative approach to bring this new music to life.
community orchestra gala concert
To celebrate all your hard work, all the community orchestras will be invited to perform their new works and arrangements and the winners will receive prize money.
Encourage community orchestras to include australian compositions in their concerts
Come and hear the new compositions and arrangements for your orchestra at the community competition gala concert. All works will be available from the VCOP music library for a small fee so you can include a new work in the future concert programs.
How to Get Involved
register with us
To register your interest in composing for a Victorian community orchestra, register below. We will introduce you to community orchestras that are looking for a composer to work with.
register with us
To register your interest in participating in VCOP, register below. We will introduce you to composers interested in working with you to write an original work and/or an arrangement of a major work.
Pick your orchestra
We will introduce you to the orchestras in the project. You then have the opportunity to select which orchestra you'd like to compose for, tailoring your craft to the unique requirements of that community orchestra.
work with the composer
We encourage you to work with the composer(s) to bring out the best in your orchestra.
compose an original piece and/or arrange 'a-major' work
Once you have been accepted by an orchestra, you can choose to write either an original orchestral work of 10-12 minutes and/or an arrangement of a major orchestral work lasting 10-12 minutes for the specific community orchestra. You should aim to compose works that are accessible (ie playable and show knowledge of orchestral instruments) and have the potential to engage a wide audience.
P.s. it doesn't need to be in A-Major.
gala competition concert
Join us and celebrate the making of community music in a gala competition concert, hear new works for your orchestra and find out who is the community orchestra composer for 2019.
Registrations…Are now closed for 2019!
But still want get involved? Just fill out the form below.
If you have suggestions for how VCOP could improve on its aims or have any questions, please add them in.
We can't wait to hear from you.