Ella Macens is one of four female composers who participated in the inaugural National Women Composers’ Development Program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Over the course of the two year program, Ella worked with The Goldner String Quartet, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and percussionist Claire Edwardes, as well as a variety of other soloists and ensembles.
Ella has been composer in residence with the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Trinity Grammar School, and has received both national and international commissions for a variety of ensembles. Her portfolio of chamber, orchestral, choral and solo works is performed in both Australia and Europe and her compositional style is heavily influenced by both classical and popular music genres.
As a solo singer-songwriter, Ella composes music in a popular music style for piano, voice and ukulele. She is also a part of a duo with Melbourne-based musician Ivars Štubis, and together they celebrate their shared Latvian background by arranging and performing traditional Latvian folk songs alongside their original acoustic works. Ella composes music for film, television and multimedia, and is currently working on a score for a new game, set to be released in 2017.
In January2017, I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Gondwana National Choral School composer program. Over the course of the two-week period, we, the composers, had the invaluable opportunity to work with the Gondwana choristers under the guidance of composer Paul Stanhope, and with … the Song Company under the guidance of their incredible artistic director Antony Pitts.
These were two of the most challenging, inspirational, sleep-deprived, yet motivating weeks of my life, and I still can’t quite comprehend the path my music has taken since my time at Gondwana.
Ella is the 2017-18 SCC Composer in Residence.