Winners announced for the inaugural MSO Pizzicato Effect Prize for Composition

L-R: Lucy Rash (Education Manager MSO) Professor Mary Finsterer SZCSOM, Earl Marrows, Lachlan Powell, Andrea Keeble (Pizzi Effect Manager MSO), and viola and violin lecturer SZCSOM, Lisa Grosman.

2016 has marked the beginning of a collaboration between the MSO and Monash University with the introduction of the Pizzicato Effect Prize for Composition.

The Pizzicato Effect is the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s flagship community music program providing free instrumental tuition to children in Grades 3+ living in the City of Hume council area. It currently caters for 70 children from 20 different local schools, and runs in an afterschool capacity, two days per week onsite in Broadmeadows. 

The 3rd Year Composition students at Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, undertook to compose for the Pizzicato Effect, resulting in a wonderful array of fresh and innovative new works that were composed specifically for the programme. 

Earl Marrows’ ‘Grump The Goblin’ was the winner of the inaugural prize. Due to the high standard of entrants, an additional prize was awarded to Lachlan Powell for ‘The Star Quest’. This piece will be performed at The Pizzicato Effect’s mid-year concert in 2017.

The judging process included a workshop/rehearsal with Pizzicato Effect Teaching Artist, Andrea Keeble and each of the composers—a fantastic experience for all students! The process also included internal judging by Chair of Composition Professor Mary Finsterer and Lecturer in Viola, Lisa Grosman.

The winning composition is to be performed at the End of Year Concert by the Pizzicato Effect Ensemble with Monash and MSO string instrumentalists. 

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