New Composers 

Wirripang is happy to consider works of new composers based on the following criteria. These works will be anonymously assessed by an Artists' Advisory Panel (see below) of academics, composers, teachers and performers who meet every six months.

  • Works must contain compositional craft, originality and be professionally presented. See below for publishing requirements.
  • One (1) PDF typeset copy of each of three (3) works to be presented with all reference to composer's name removed. If works are a set or movements, please combine into one file.* Scores are to be submitted one month prior to each meeting which occur June and December.  Please do not submit for review computer generated music scores, such as Sibelius or Finale.
  • A 50 word statement as to how you believe your work(s) are compatible with and enhance the Wirripang catalogue.
  • At least one (1) recording (if possible) of one of the three works.
  • If an orchestral work, it must have a live performance recording to accompany score.
  • Please supply a CV or biographical notes and any supporting material that you think appropriate to the works being submitted, together with a current photograph of yourself.
  • Scores only (no parts) and all supporting material to be sent to Wirripang electronically at  Hard copies will note be accepted.
  • The composer will guarantee a minimum of five (5) works for publication during the first 12 months after acceptance. 

    Although works will be considered from post graduate students, Wirripang seeks assurance that those works submitted are original and have not in any way been subject to the input of another person.  Works will not be accepted from students or under graduate students.

We strongly encourage composers to have all works performance tested and/or vetted by a performer before presentation before the panel.

After initial acceptance, Wirripang composers will continue to submit works for review based on the foregoing procedure (statement, biographical notes and photograph not required).

Publishing Requirements:

For detail information please download the Publishing Guidelines  

The next 2019 assessment for all works will be held on 14th December, however, submissions must be received no later than one month before these dates. Submissions have now closed for the June round.

Artists' Advisory Panel Members:

New South Wales:

Professor Dr Michael Atherton AM, BA (Hons), MA (Hons), PhD (UTS). Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

John Wayne Dixon, MA (Hons), AMusA, LTCL. Lecturer in Composition, Performance and Sound Studies Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Dr Michael Dixon, DCA (UOW), MMus (Contemporary Musicology), MPhil (Composition), LRSM, FTCL, former Principal Horn Queensland Orchestra and guest Principal Horn AOBO

Wendy Dixon Dip.Mus (Hons), Master of Music (Mus Ed), Guest Artist Soloist for Opera Australia, private studio and educational teacher of singing

David Miller AM, BA (Hons), Chair Ensemble Studies, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Piano/Accompaniment)

Assoc Professor Dr Jeanell Carrigan AM
B.A.(Mus) with distinction (Qld Con), Künstlerische Straatsdiplom (Hochschule fuer Musik, Munich), M.Mus. (UQ) DCA (University of Wollongong). Collaborative Piano Unit, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney

Dr John Peterson, BMus (Hons), MMus, PhD (Sydney), Composer, and Senior Lecturer in Composition at the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales

Joanne Burrows, BA Grad.Dip.Teach.; A.T.C.L.; AMus.; L.T.CL. Cert.IV Assessment and Training; Head of Keyboard and Chair of the Curriculum Council at Riverina Conservatorium of Music


Dr Houston Dunleavy, composer and conductor.  Academic staff member, The Australian Institute of Music; Musical Director, Sydney Male Choir; Adjunct Fellow, The Australian National University

Dr Vincent Giles, BMus (Hons), PhD (VCA), freelance composer and sound artist

"Wirripang New Composition"

This is an innovative new scheme to provide a winner of a recognised competition an opportunity to have his or her winning work published by Wirripang.  It is designed to provide encouragement, incentive and a publishing outlet for a new composer. 

All works published under this scheme will be known as "Wirripang New Composition" (WNC) an imprint of Wirripang Pty. Ltd.  A category under this heading will be created on the website and will be promoted in a similar way to existing composers, although composers published under WNC will have their biographical profile attached to their work listing. An agreement will be entered into for five years and 10% royalty will be paid on net sales.

WNC eligibility: The winner must be chosen from a competition conducted by a recognised organisation approved of by Wirripang with the rules and conditions of the competition  acceptable to Wirripang.

Wirripang is to be promoted as the end publisher during the advertising period of the competition. The competition guidelines should indicate the presentation and set-out requirements standard for publishing by Wirripang. The work will only be accepted if typeset in a computer music program and Wirripang has the right to make recommendations and changes to presentation to ensure compatibility with its publishing style.  It further has the right to reject poor quality presentation or make recommendations to improve the presentation. The work will also be submitted for final approval by the Wirripang Review Panel.