Katy Abbott

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Katy Abbott


Katy Abbott (b. 1971) is an Australian composer and educator.

Dr. Abbott holds B.Ed (Sec), GradDip(Comp), MMus and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Melbourne.

Her compositions have been performed by many of the leading Australian ensembles, which include Halcyon, The Song Company, The Syzygy Ensemble, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Her works have been played in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA and have been featured in Australian and International music festivals including the International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM) Conference in Beijing and the Melbourne, Perth and Canberra International Festivals.

Abbott has written for several different performing ensembles, including symphony orchestras, vocal ensembles, chamber ensembles, electronics, and brass ensembles. In 2013, Abbott won the Boston Metro Opera ‘Gold Medal for Art-Song’ for her new song-cycle The Domestic Sublime. She also spent several weeks at the Banff Centre for the Arts on an independent residency at the Leighton Colony, and in 2016 an artist residency at Bundanon Trust. Abbott’s current work is a festival piece for The Song Company and Syzygy Ensemble based on the hidden thoughts of women collected in an anonymous survey.

Abbott has been on staff for over ten years as senior lecturer in composition and was recently named Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, and is the 2024 composer-in-residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Works for Winds


  • Katy Abbott website Accessed 19 April 2019
  • University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble concert program, 19 April 2018