2023 Competition

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

Applications for the 2023 Competition will open on 9 January 2023.

REGIONAL   Sunday 5 June

for residents of the City of Greater Geelong and environs, 18 years or younger.

NATIONAL   Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July

for residents of Australia 17 to 25 years of age

You can view the Conditions of Entry with these links (right-click to download either file).

        Regional Conditions of Entry 2023

        National Conditions of Entry 2023

In a nutshell


Regional applicants will need to 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 a video performance not exceeding 30 minutes containing 4 pieces from each of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods.


If selected as a finalist, prepare 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. 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 but also on presentation and communication. We know you can play well, show us how good you really are!

Important information about the National Prize        Billet (accommodation) information