Composing In COVID19: Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize Winners Michael Grebla and Elizabeth Younan

News Article | University of New South Wales | COVID19-permitting, these new works are scheduled to be performed later this year, so we asked Elizabeth and Michael what audiences can expect at their eventual premieres.

(2020) Kaleidoscope 2020 Call for Scores

Semi Finalist | A Curious Misadventure | Selected as a semifinalist from the submission of 7824 works.

(2020) Kaleidoscope 2020 Call for Scores

Semi Finalist | String Quartet #2: Fede | Selected as a semifinalist from the submission of 7824 works.

(2020) Creative Partnerships Australia Matchlab Grant

Successfully accepted into MATCH Lab program, including matched funding grant. Matchlab is a program building fundraising skills and providing dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns for my artistic practice, run by Creative Partnerships Australia. The program typically takes place in Sydney or Melbourne, though due to the pandemic Creative Partnerships workshops were conducted via televideo conferencing.

(2020) Keene State College International 2020 Call for Scores

Winner | A Curious Misadventure for Flute, Clarinet, Violin and Cello selected as the winning work from 46 applications.

The Keene State College Music Department announces the winner of its 2020 International Call for Scores!
Congratulations to Michael Grebla for his piece, “A Curious Misadventure,” for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. We will present the work, and discuss it with the composer himself, during a livestream lecture-recital on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30pm. To view this compelling interaction and performance, click on our livestream link:
In the Music Department here at KSC, we strive to support the creation and dissemination of newly composed works, and to provide models to our students for how such a commitment can play out. Students take part in the adjudication process, they have the opportunity to work with the winning composer, and they even help design the lecture recital itself. This educational process helps our students to discover and advance their own compositional voices and to find connection with the world of composition as it exists in the present day.
Michael Grebla, an international award-winning emerging composer from Western Australia and based in New York City, writes music described by Cut-Common Magazine as “a testament to the universal strength and endurance of the human spirit.” With a deep conviction for the role music plays as a unifying mechanism in society, constructing identity and building community, he endeavours to create meaningful and inclusive cultural experiences, bridging tradition and the present through his music. In recent years his works have dealt with ideas of journey, displacement, transience, and spirituality, offering his own deeply introspective expression and examination of the human experience. Visit Michael Grebla – Composer”

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(2020) Deus Ex Musica - Call For Scores

Winner | String Quartet #2: “Fede”. Winning works to be performed by Carrefour Chamber Music Project in Shreveport, Louisiana in collaboration with Deus Ex Musica as part of their interfaith Sacred Chamber Music Festival. Fede was selected as a work representing a composer of the Catholic faith.

Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival (October 2020)

Terre Haute, Indiana USA

An annual new music festival at Indiana State University College of Arts and Science.  The week long festival presented a series of concerts. I participated as a featured guest and winner of the “Music Now Contest”. I gave a presentation of the winning work “String Quartet #2: Fede” via teleconference and a recording was featured as part of the  festival’s closing concert titled “Music Now Recital”.

Music Now Contest ResultsISU Contemporary Music Festival

(2020) Indiana State University - Music Now Contest

Winner | String Quartet #2: “Fede”. To be featured in Indiana State University’s Contemporary Music Festival 2020.

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Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize to Elizabeth Younan and Michael Grebla

Resonate Magazine | News Article | Australian Music Centre | The Music Performance Unit UNSW has announced Elizabeth Younan and Michael Grebla as joint winners of the Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize for 2020.


Limelight Australia's Classical Music & Arts Magazine | News Article | Clive Paget | Elizabeth Younan and Michael Grebla have been announced as the joint winners of the Willgoss Ensemble Composition Prize for 2020. The Prize, awarded by the Music Performance Unit of the University of New South Wales, is expected to encourage the creation of short, original works to enhance the repertoire of UNSW’s various instrumental and choral ensembles.