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Frankie Dyson Reilly is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based composer, researcher and pianist. Passionate about imbuing light, colour and vibrancy within her music, she draws inspiration from local sources both mundane and remarkable: Australian landscapes and visual art, native birds, anthills, and her beloved dog have all served as the basis of recent works. As a current Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, this interest in the relationship between sight and sound has led to Frankie’s research into the use of colour within music notation. In recent years, Frankie’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Muses Trio, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Queensland Wind Orchestra, the Muses Trio, Women of Noise, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, UCLA Berkeley Wind Orchestra, Early Warning System, and the international Isolation Orchestra project in 2020. She was honoured to be selected as the Queensland mentee in the 2020-2022 Summers Night Project and has won awards such as The Australian Women's Wind Band Composition Competition and the Alan Lane Composition Prize. Her compositions for wind band are available at


Beyond composing for the concert hall, Frankie’s work for film and game media is exhibited in her “exceptional” score for indie game The Abnormal Place (2021, available on Steam)  and in Australian films premiered internationally at venues such as Festival de Cannes, San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival, and the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival.  She also enjoys tutoring in both piano, music theory and composition.  When not at the acoustic piano, she can be found playing live keys and synth for indie-rock band Dave & The Mudcrabs.

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