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2024 Competition

Welcoming solo instrumentalists to Australia's premier music competition for young people, now in it's 33rd year!


for residents of the City of Greater Geelong and environs, 18 years or younger, non-refundable $25 entry fee   (?)

Regional Conditions of Entry 2024

Applications close: Sunday 12 May 9pm
Auditions: Sunday 19 May from 9.30
Final: Sunday 2
 June 2pm

1st prize $2000

(donated by the Geelong Chamber Music Society)
3 Runner-up prize of $1000




for residents of Australia 17 to 25 years of age, non-refundable $50 entry fee   (?) 

National Conditions of Entry 2024

Applications close: Friday 21June 9pm 

Finalists notified no later than Monday 8 July - hopefully earlier
Finals Weekend: Saturday 1
3 and Sunday 14 July 2pm

1st prize $20,000 Overseas travel scholarship
(donated by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust)
2nd prize $4000
3rd prize $2000
Participation award $500
Audience prize $300


In a nutshell...  see hints from previous adjudicators and finalists


REGIONAL applicants will perform a 6 to 10 minute live audition - piece or pieces of their own choice

and if selected as a finalist, perform before an adjudicator and audience, 6 to 10 minute program.

Concerto movements, excerpts and arrangements of pieces for other instruments are allowedOne of the winners may be invited to perform at one of the National Final days. Remember, winning is a bonus, competing is the real value.

NATIONAL applicants submit an audition video via YouTube not exceeding 30 minutes, containing 4 pieces from each of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. Concerto movements, excerpts and arrangements of pieces for other instruments are allowed.


If selected as a finalist, present 2 programs not exceeding 15 minutes each. The first must be

a piece or pieces from the Baroque and/or Classical era, the second from Romantic and/or Modern. A finalist may be invited to perform with the Geelong Symphony Orchestra. Remember, our adjudicators will expect you are well on the way to mastering your instrument, so your finals performance will be judged not only technique and interpretation but also on presentation and communication. We know you can play well, show us how good you really are!   View our Charter.

Information about the National Prize


Billet (accommodation) information



Hints for Applicants

Venue directions

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