About Rachel
 

Rachel Merton is an active award winning contemporary classical composer and music teacher in Brisbane, Australia.  Alongside working with professional musicians and ensembles to share her unique sound Rachel loves to get involved with local community ensembles and school groups.

Rachel has associate representation with the Australian Music Centre, where you can hire and purchase scores, and is the co-ordinator of the Young Composers Competition for ASME QLD. She holds professional membership with MTAQ, and previously taught piano and composition at Sheldon College.

Bio:

Rachel began studying composition from 12 years of age at the Young Conservatorium of Music. She studied with Stephen Leek for 5 years, then with Dr Stephen Cronin during her  Bachelor of Music in Composition which she received in 2005 at the Queensland Conservatorium. In 2012 Rachel returned to studies to complete a Master of Music Studies in Composition in 2013.


During that time her achievements included placing’s in the ASME Young Composers Competition 1997-2001, the A.G. Francis Composition Prize in 2002, 2004 Fellowship of Australian Composers Award, and first place in the advanced section of composition for the  Keys Festival for Australian Music (2006).


In 2013 Rachel was awarded the national Fine Music FM Young Composers Award which was performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choral. Her works have been aired on 4MBS, ABC Classic FM, and Bay FM; they have also been performed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne including ensembles such as The Song Company (2003), The Firm Concert series and the Zephyr Quartet (2000).