Composition Workshop - Romeo and Juliet Reimagined

Applications CLOSED

Romeo and Juliet Reimagined will give up to 30 government school students, studying music in Years 9-12, an opportunity to improvise, rehearse, direct, compose and collaborate under the expert guidance of London Symphony Orchestra animateur Paul Rissmann. The workshops will culminate in a public performance of the students' group composition, including student dancers who have choreographed to the students' music. 

Guided by Paul, the students will explore the thematic material, scales, modes, rhythms and structures of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet score, and will use these as inspiration for a new group composition. 

It is important to stress that the project will not exclusively focus on composition. Irrespective of previous musical experience, the group will be encouraged to achieve the highest possible standard in their performance too. 

Program outcomes

Students will solve musical problems and create music together, thereby gaining confidence musically and personally. During the workshop, the group of students will devise a composition which can be later performed.     

Students will develop skills in:

  • Rhythmic security
  • Harmonic/Melodic Sense
  • Aural training
  • Playing techniques
  • Making artistic decisions together thereby gaining confidence and learning from one another.

Through the workshop activities students will further develop skills in performance, composition, musicology and aural.


Students attending government schools and studying Music in Years 9 to 12

  • Already play an instrument or sing (to a proficient level)
  • Have a keen interest in composition
  • Have access to or own their own instrument
  • Be committed to the entire program and available for all dates and times required


There is no fee for these workshops. All participating students and families will be responsible organising meals, travel, accommodation, etc and meeting associated costs.

As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a participation subsidy of up to $200 each to students from rural and remote schools (select Rural Remote - Yes then click Search and check the status of your school) to participate in this workshop. Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the participation subsidy will be prioritised based on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

How To Apply

Teachers are asked to nominate and rank students who they feel will benefit from, and embrace this experience.

Teachers can nominate up to five students.

(NB optional masterclasses in individual composition and performance will be held for the students on 10 and 11 May. Finer details to be confirmed.)

There are only 30 positions available in this project – selections will be based on:

  • equity of access
  • school rankings
  • teacher recommendations
  • ensemble balance

Applications CLOSED

Permission materials will be forwarded once selections have been made.

Further information: Mikaela Oberg

Nominate students here