Sounding the Future: Youth Composer Project

The Open Music Academy is on the lookout for the next generation of composers to be part of something extraordinary, creating an original piece and showcasing it as part of the Adelaide Festival 2024.

Participants will work with the dynamic jazz violinist, string arranger, and composer, Julian Ferraretto, to craft an original piece for the festival. Drawing inspiration from The Green Room, a community of science enthusiasts spreading positive stories about the natural world, this collective will serve as the creative muse for your final composition. Together, under the guidance of Julian Ferraretto and the inspiration from The Green Room, participants will bring a unique fusion of music and science to life for the festival.

The participants will perform the final piece during "Our Voices Our Dreams" on March 16, 2024.

When: Must be available for all workshop & rehearsal dates and the performance.

  • Workshops: Sundays Feb 4, 11 & 25: 10am - 12pm
  • Rehearsal: Sunday March 3: 10am - 12pm
  • Dress Rehearsal*: 7.00pm - 9.00pm, Thursday 14th March
  • Performance: Saturday March 16: 1pm - 6pm

*It is possible the Adelaide Festival may assign some additional rehearsal time in the spaces in the week prior to the performance. 

Where: North Terrace Campus, University of Adelaide


  • School aged students 15-18.
  • who currently play an instrument – all acoustic instruments welcome – there are limited spaces for voice, keyboard and percussion.
  • playing level AMEB grade 4 or equivalent e.g. 4+ years learning music.
  • No composing experience required.

If you have any questions about this event, please call 8313 2302.

This project is supported by the Adelaide City Council

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