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The English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra with the support of our generous sponsor, will present The English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists in 2014. With prize money available for all 6 finalists and the opportunity for all applicants who fulfil the criteria to audition in the QSO Studio in front of a panel of exceptional musicians, this is an amazing opportunity for Queensland music students. The winner will perform with the QSO in the Secondary Showcase 2014.

Open to Queensland secondary students performing on an orchestral instrument (including saxophone) at a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 7. Audition pieces must be a movement from a standard concerto for soloist and orchestra. This movement must be no longer than 10 minutes in length.

Please click here for the full information sheet.

Gift details
1st prize: $5000
2nd prize: $3000
3rd prize: $2000
4th prize: $1000
5th and 6th prizes: $500 each

Funds must be spent on continuing tuition or towards the purchase of an instrument.

How to Enter
Competition entry forms can be downloaded by clicking here. Entry fee is $50. 

For more infromation phone our Education Liaison Officer on 3833 5035 or email info@qso.com.au with The English Family Prize in the subject line.   

ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards

´╗┐Since 1944, the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards has provided aspiring young musicians with the opportunity to perform with Australia’s major orchestras in the quest to be named ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year. It is an opportunity like no other for up-and-coming Australian classical artists.

New look competition for 2013
2013 is the first year that YPA will run in its new format. The new look competition comprises of two stages: a preliminary round of national auditions, and a finals period held over nine days during which 12 young musicians will compete in recital, chamber music and concerto rounds. Over 200 applications were received from performers around Australia all vying for the chance to compete in the finals which will be hosted by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in October.

´╗┐Click here to find out more.

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Application forms available: Monday 21 October 2013
Applications close: 29 November 2013
Audition Date: Monday 3 February 2014
Finalists Recital: Monday 24 February 2014
Winners Performance: Wednesday 19 March 2014.