Composition Program 2025

AYO National Music Camp is the highlight of the year for many young Australian musicians.


6 January 2025 – 19 January 2025


Adelaide, SA

About the National Music Camp Composition Program

Energise your craft within a hive of inspiration in this two-week musical immersion. Compositional growth is our goal, and participants will together explore techniques, styles and processes in creating music that demands to be played and heard. Your resulting composition will be rehearsed and performed by the musicians and tutors of the AYO National Music Camp orchestral program with guidance from one of Australia’s leading composers.

As a composition participant you’ll work with a leading Australian composer to create a new work for performance by AYO’s experienced instrumental tutors. They will act as a guide throughout the editing, feedback and rehearsal process to familiarise you with the requirements and conventions in these critical stages of bringing new work to life. Working closely with the performance tutors, you will spend the fortnight face-to-face with Australia’s greatest young instrumentalists, music journalists, sound engineers and administrators, building a lifetime of musical networks.

From the minute you arrive at AYO National Music Camp, you’ll experience a whirl of new faces and first encounters with Australia’s brightest young players, music journalists, sound engineers and administrators. With an action-packed schedule, it’s important that your focus is on the program at hand. Rest assured, you will be well looked after, allowing you to concentrate on your preparation and performance. We provide airport transfers, comfortable shared accommodation and three meals per day.


Jessica Wells

Jessica Wells

Composition Tutor

Monica Curro

Monica Curro

Creative Director

National Music Camp



Participants must cover their own transport and instrument freight costs to and from the program. All meals, transfers and accommodation will be provided.

Financial assistance is available to help offset the program fees and ensure all eligible musicians are able to participate. Find out more here.


16 – 30

Inclusive as at 1 January 2025.


See Portfolio Requirements


Previous participants of the Composition program are ineligible to apply.

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