Alice Chance


As a composer of music and words, Alice Chance is becoming well-known in Australia and beyond. Ensembles which have commissioned or premiered her work include The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Song Company, The Gondwana Chorale, The Australian Piano Quartet, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Luminscence Chamber Singers, Sydney Youth Orchestras and The Enigma String Quartet commissioned by the Silo Collective for Musica Viva.
In 2016, Alice was the composer in residence for Sydney Children’s Choir and an artistic associate of Barangaroo NSW. Alice has completed composition residencies in India and the USA, and worked as composer in residence with the Moorambilla Festival from 2013-15. She is completing her honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was awarded the 2012 Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize for academic merit in Composition.

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Featured Works

Infernal Women, for vocal octet.

Throughout history and even presently, women all around the world have been punished and killed for ‘witchery.’ This darkly comical piece illuminates that the madness lies not in these women but the attitudes towards them. Infernal Women is performed by the Luminescence Chamber Singers and conducted by Gordon Hamilton.

Featured in Mythical Waves – April 2018.

D I L A T E, for Piano Quartet and Tape.

This is essentially the same piece four times. Its first iteration is lifted and time-stretched across the remaining three. What you’re hearing is the same melodies being constantly given new context…by themselves.

Featured in Stillness Waves, September 2018

The First Movement, for string quartet.

When I was very young, I heard a concert pianist announce that they were playing a certain piece: the first movement.  As I listened, I felt it hardly evoked the idea of something moving for the first time, what poor programmatic writing!

Soon after, I learned my misunderstanding, but had always wanted to write a piece that could be called ‘The First Movement’ in both senses. Here it is.

Featured in the playlist String Quartet Waves (March 2019)