Upper Grade (4+) Own Choice Works By Female Composers

In association with Dr Jodie Blackshaw (NSW) and Rachel Howley (QLD), the NBCA have collated a list of works by female composers, both Australian and international, for concert bands at Grade 4+ level and above. This list is intended to be a “one-stop shop” for conductors when looking for engaging works to select as Own Choices for Australian and State Contests. In addition to the names, length, and grade level, we have included links to online scores and recordings where available so you can see and hear these wonderful pieces of music. We also hope this list will support music selection boards across the country in finding works that can be used as Test Pieces for upcoming National and State Contests.

We have focussed only on Grade 4+ works as Dr Jodie Blackshaw already has a wonderful list of Grade 1-4 works by female composers for wind band on her website that can be accessed here. The Band Association of NSW are active in promoting Australian composers and publishers and has a comprehensive list on their website for you to browse Australian content. You can access the Composer & Publisher Databases here. More generally, there are a number of web-based resources on diversity in programming for you to consider, including searching for composers by nationality and gender at The Wind Repertory Project, ColourFULL Music, and the Institute for Composer Diversity.

This list is in its infancy, and we hope it continues to grow over the coming years. If you have suggestions of works you would like to see added, please contact us at the NBCA with details of the works so we can consider them for addition. We are hoping to broaden the list as well with a list of hymns and marches by female composers as well, to provide further options for bands at contests. We hope you take the time to listen and explore these wonderful works by female composers and hope to see a range of them selected as Own Choices in the coming years.

The table is fully sortable by clicking on the column headings. A recording of each work can be obtained by clicking on the title.


Composer Title Grade Australian Length Order Info
Abbott, Katy (tr. Williams, Nick) Fast Ride in a Suave Machine TBA Yes 07 mins TBA
Abbott, Katy Jumeirah Jane 4.5 Yes 03 mins Order Info
Archer, Kimberly American Labor Songs 5 No 19 mins Order Info
Archer, Kimberly Common Threads 6 No 09 mins Order Info
Barnett, Carol Cyprian Suite 4 No 16 mins Order Info
Barnett, Carol Tirana 4 No 07 mins Order Info
Baugher, Grace Crown and Collar 4 No 06 mins Order Info
Baugher, Grace Mirage 4.5 No 07 mins Order Info
Beaugeais, Katia First Light at Uluru 5 Yes 12 mins Order Info
Bergman, Katherine Dream Machine 4 No 07 mins Order Info
Bergman, Katherine Over Wild Solitude 4 No 07 mins Order Info
Blackshaw, Jodie Soulström 5 Yes 17 mins Order Info
Blackshaw, Jodie Symphony No. 1: "Leunig's Prayer Book" 5/6 Yes 26 mins Order Info
Blackshaw, Jodie Twist 5 Yes 13 mins Order Info
Bozone, Judy Spilled Orange 5 No 11 mins Order Info
Bremer, Carolyn Early Light 4 No 05 mins Order Info
Bronnenkant, Lindsay Tarot 5 No 16 mins Order Info
Cheney, Lisa Turbulence 6 Yes 06 mins Order Info
Coleman, Valerie Roma 5 No 07 mins Order Info
Eötvös, Melody Two Brave Apples in Winter 5 Yes 06 mins Order Info
Etezady, Roshanne Anahita 5 No 15 mins Order Info
Etezady, Roshanne Milestone 4 No 08 mins Order Info
Farrell, Claire L. From Fern Glade 5 Yes 09 mins Order Info
Feery, Amanda Heartworm 4 No 08 mins Order Info
Gardner, Alexandra Perseids 4 No 08 mins Order Info
Giroux, Julie K2 4 No 08 mins Order Info
Giroux, Julie La Mezquita de Córdoba 5 No 12 mins Order Info
Giroux, Julie Of Blood and Stone 5 No 10 mins Order Info
Giroux, Julie Poseidon 5 No 09 mins Order Info
Giroux, Julie Symphony No. 4: "Bookmarks from Japan" 4/5/6 No 20 mins Order Info
Giroux, Julie The Speed of Heat 6 No 11 mins Order Info
Greene, Joni Circean Waters 6 No 12 mins Order Info
Greene, Joni Event Horizon 5 No 09 mins Order Info
Greene, Joni The Moon Glistens 5 No 18 mins Order Info
Griffin, Fran Port Arthur 5 Yes 20 mins Order Info
Hanson, Shelley Islas Y Montañas 4.5 No 16 mins Order Info
Harrison, Holly Splinter 5 Yes 08 mins Order Info
Howard, Emily Deep Soul Diving 4 No 08 mins Order Info
Jolley, Jennifer Motordom 4 No 09 mins Order Info
Jolley, Jennifer Through the Looking Glass Falls 5 No 09 mins Order Info
Larsen, Libby Concert Dances 6 No 16 mins Order Info
Larsen, Libby Short Symphony 6 No 13 mins Order Info
Larsen, Libby Strut 6 No 08 mins Order Info
Likhuta, Catherine Home Away from Home 4 Yes 08 mins Order Info
Likhuta, Catherine Me Disagrees 5 Yes 09 mins Order Info
Likhuta, Catherine Planet B 4 Yes 07 mins Order Info
Lopszyc, Eva Irene Winds of Love, Lands of Fire and Sea 6 No 28 mins Order Info
Love, Karlin G. Musings on a Bach Sarabande 4 Yes 06 mins Order Info
Maconchy, Elizabeth Music for Woodwind and Brass 5 No 10 mins Order Info
McCune, Sally Lamb High Water Rising 5 No 09 mins Order Info
McTee, Cindy Notezart 5 No 05 mins Order Info
Murphy, Nicole Road Test 4.5 Yes 08 mins Order Info
Murphy, Nicole Six 4 Yes 07 mins Order Info
Nishimura, Cait Lake Superior Suite 5 No 19 mins Order Info
Nishimura, Cait Night Light 4 No 11 mins Order Info
Nishimura, Yukiko Bright Moon 5 No 13 mins Order Info
Pankhurst, Lucy The Elder Futhark 5 No 11 mins TBA
Piunno, Nicole Beauty Broken 5 No 10 mins Order Info
Piunno, Nicole Catharsis 5.5 No 10 mins Order Info
Piunno, Nicole Through Wind and Whispers 6 No 14 mins Order Info
Primiani, Leanna Glass Ceiling 6 No 14 mins Order Info
Primiani, Leanna Sirens 6 No 11 mins Order Info
Salfelder, Kathryn Shadows Ablaze 5 No 08 mins Order Info
Salfelder, Kathryn Ungrounded Base 5 No 09 mins Order Info
Williams, Natalie Pendulum 5 Yes 07 mins Order Info

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