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2023 Competition

Welcoming solo instrumentalists to Australia's premier music competition for young people, now in it's 32nd year!

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

Regional Conditions of Entry 2023

Applications close: Sunday 7 May 9pm
Auditions: Sunday 21 May
 from 9.30
Final: Sunday 4 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 2023

Applications close: Monday 12 June 9pm
Finals Weekend: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 J
uly 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...


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. The winner will 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. The competition provides only 1 piano.


If selected as a finalist, presen2 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. The winner will 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!

Information about the National Prize          

Billet (accommodation) information          


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