Wayne Neilson (b. 1966) is a Tasmanian based freelance composer, orchestrator, arranger and music educator. Completing his B. Mus. Ed. through the Newcastle Campus of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music in 1988, graduating with a Distinction in Composition. He studied composition, Orchestration and Arranging with Nigel Butterley, one of Australia’s most respected composers.
In 2019, Wayne was the inaugural winner of the Heyward Prize for Orchestral competition. His winning work 'From Valley to Summit was given its world premiere 22 February 2020 at Symphony Under the Stars, performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Launceston, Tasmania.
He has recently returned to full time Composition, Orchestration and Arranging, starting a new business "Musarrange" Wayne is a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia (MAGA #671). Examples of his popular arrangements for various ensembles can be found at his Publisher page at Sheet Music Plus https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/publishers/wayne-neilson/7604
Wayne has been a successful applicant for three Composer’s workshops, firstly in 1986 with the ABC Sinfonia, conducted by Patrick Thomas. In 1988, he was chosen from among applicants throughout NSW to write a work for an ensemble workshop associated with the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. In 1989, he was a successful applicant in The Seymour Group/2MBS FM Young Composers Workshop directed by Richard Meale.
In 1990 he composed a collection of three songs "Of Fire and Ice" set to poems by three Australian poets. It captures the essence of the elements "Fire and Water" in their starkest state of being. This work was performed in 1990 at the Canberra School of Music in celebration of Don Banks.
In 1990 Wayne decided to focus his career on Music education, spending the last 28 years as a music educator, teaching composition, composing short pieces in the school education context, and arranging music. He is passionate about teaching young people composition, and empowers students to reach and exceed their goals.