Dr Johanna Selleck

Scholarly articles, book manuscript and orchestral piece: Eternal Pioneers: The journey of women composers in Australia.

The project looks at the journey of female composers from colonial times to the present day, and attempt to trace the lineage or knowledge passed on by these women to younger generations. Johanna's research will examine the work of Australian female composers in the context of social development and issues of equality in an attempt to give 'visibility' to many of these women, whose work often remains unrecognised and undervalued in comparison with their male peers. The outcome will result in written research and an orchestral piece based on thematic material from some of these past composers as a form of tribute to their endeavours.

Dr Johanna Selleck is a composer, flautist and musicologist. She completed her PhD in composition at the University of Melbourne in 2006 and currently teaches composition at the university, where she is an Honorary Fellow. Her works have been performed by some of the most renowned performers in Australia and internationally, including at recent Asian Composers' League Festivals in Israel and Singapore. Johanna has received prizes for composition, including the Percy Grainger Prize and the Albert Maggs Award.