Anne Cawrse


Anne Cawrse is a composer and lecturer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Anne’s works have been performed by the Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as The Australian String Quartet, Zephyr Quartet, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Duo Trystero, eve vocal trio, Musica da Camera and other high profile Australian ensembles and performers.

Completing a PhD in Music Composition (Adelaide University) in 2008, Anne’s music has been featured in Australian and International music festivals. Her awards for composition include the 2010 Schueler Prize (ASO) and finalist in the 2008 APRA/Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards for best Orchestral work (Musaic). She frequently writes new chamber music to be featured in Adelaide’s long-established The Firm Chamber Music series. She is regularly commissioned by leading Australian artists, and is currently working on an Opera, Innocence, with Singular Productions and State Opera of South Australia, and a new work for Adelaide Chamber Singers in 2017 (her 4th commission from this group.)

Anne’s reputation as a music educator has seen her highly sought after as a theory and composition tutor. In 2016 she was the composer in residence for the ASME Young Composer’s Project, and regularly works for the SACE Board as a subject expert for Musicianship and Composing. Anne is currently a part time Lecturer in Theory and Composing at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

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Featured Works

Parting Songs, for soprano, tenor and piano.
I. Not Weeks, Not Months; II. The Ghost of our Final Days; III. Departure; IV. The Last Toast

With text taken from selected poems by Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, ‘Parting Songs’ is a journey of loss, grief and acceptance. The song cycle can be presented by the ‘couple’ as it is in this performance, or in a more single-sided view with one soloist.

Featured in Vocal Waves (September 2017).


Anne Cawrse was interviewed for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast, Episode 1, November 2016.