Masters scholarship for Female Composer

June 1, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by newmusicscotland

The University of Southampton Music Department are happy to announce a new bursary for a female student composer to being MMus studies in October 2015. The Sirena Composition Bursary is worth £1,000 pa, and may be retained if the student carries on to MPhil/PhD study, up to a maximum term of five years. In addition, candidates who are not or have not been students at Southampton in previous years will be eligible for the 10% reduction in fees normally offered to alumni.

Postgraduate studies in composition at Southampton are supported by an eclectic team of composers including Michael Finnissy, Benjamin Oliver, Matthew Shlomowitz, Andrew Fisher, Matthew Scott and Thomas Seltz. Students are offered at least two workshop opportunities with some of today’s leading new music performers. Recent or upcoming visitors include: Hakon Stene (percussion); Mark Knoop (piano); Juliet Fraser (soprano); Aisha Orazbayeva (violin); Calefax Reed Quintet; Mercury String Quartet; and Workers Union Ensemble. Wnquires about postgrad programmes in composition can be made to Benjamin Oliver at

Students should apply directly to the Chair of the Music Postgraduate Funding Committee, Prof Laurie Stras, by email at The application should be in the form of a personal statement of no more than 500 words, outlining how masters’ level study (and subsequent doctoral study, if appropriate) fits into the applicant’s career plans or scholarly/musical development. Students who have not already applied for a place on the MMus course should ensure that they fulfil the entrance requirements for the course, and should have completed the University application process at