MSV Awards and Competitions

Competitions for 2021

The MSV offers a series of annual awards and competitions to its members.  At auditions candidates can provide their own accompanist or, for most competitions, may request the use the Society's official accompanist for which a fee is charged. Winners are invited to perform in prize winners concerts and may be called upon to give a recital for Society members. Previous winners are prohibited to enter the same section again and the Society reserves the right to cancel a section. Decisions made by adjudicators are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding competition outcomes.

 DATES AND ENTRY FORMS FOR ALL AWARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MID-FEBRUARY

DUE TO CONCERNS WITH THE CORONAVIRUS, ALL ENTRY FORMS FOR THE FORTHCOMING COMPETITIONS WILL BE PUT ON THE WEBSITE AND IT IS HOPED THEY WILL GO AHEAD.  HOWEVER THEY MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE HEALTH CRISIS

 

COPYRIGHT POLICY

In accordance with copyright law, performers using sheet music subject to copyright in their performance MUST USE ORIGINAL MUSIC. A photocopy of the original marked "NOT FOR RETURN" is acceptable for the purposes of adjudication in auditions and will be destroyed after the audition. 

Primary responsibility for adherence to Copyright Law rests with the person doing or authorising the photocopying and it is also the performer's responsibility to acquaint themselves with regulations available from APRA/AMCOS, 3-5 Sanders Place Richmond (www.apra-amcos.com.au).  The MSV does not condone the unlawful copying of Copyright material.

Below is a list of current awards.  In order to access requirements scroll down to the relevant award and download the one that is wanted.

12 Years and Under Awards

2021

12 Years and Under Awards are open to MSV members aged 12 years and under as of December 31, 2021
Competitors may enter the 12 and Under OR 15 and Under Awards.
These Awards comprise the following three awards:

  • DES STEVENSON AWARD for Piano
  • FRANK BIESTERFELDT AWARD for WINDS
  • STELLA NEMET AWARD for Strings

Prizes in each section:
$150 first, $100 second, $75 third 

Up to two Encouragement awards may be selected in each category

Closing date for entries is Friday  February 26th 2021
Auditions will be held on  Sunday March 14th and a Prizewinners' concert will be on Sunday  March 21st at the Stonnington Community Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street at 2.30 p.m..

Entry Fee: $15.00.

Fee for official accompanist $10.00

*Download entry form

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15 Years and Under Awards

2021

15 Years and Under Awards are open to MSV members aged 15 years and under as of December 31, 2021
These Awards comprise the following three awards:

  • EDA SCHURMANN AWARD for Piano
  • MSV AWARD for Strings
  • MSV AWARD for Winds

Closing date for entries is Friday February 26th 2021
Auditions will be held on  Sunday March 14th and a Prizewinners' concert will be on  Sunday  March 21st at the Stonnington Community Uniting Church, corner of Burke Road and Coppin Street at 2.30 p.m..

Prizes in each section:
$200 first, $150 second, $100 third 

Entry Fee: $20.00
Fee for official accompanist: $15.00

* Download entry form

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18 Years and Under Awards 

  • NEHAMA PATKIN MEMORIAL AWARD for Piano
  • HERBERT DAVIS MEMORIAL AWARD for Winds
  • JOHN CHANDLER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR STRINGS
  • A SEPARATE AWARD MAY BE MADE FOR BRASS INSTRUMENTS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE ADJUDICATOR

   *Download entry form 

Prizes in each section:
$300 first, $200 second, $100 third

Entry Fee: $15.00
Fee for official accompanist: $10.00

 

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18 Years and Under RON McNICOL VOCAL AWARD  -                   

Prizes will be:

$300 first, $200 second and $100 third. 

Entry Fee: $15

* Download entry form 

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Chamber Music Award 2021

This award is available to groups of up to eight instrumental players up to 23 years of age.  First Prize $1000 per group; Second Prize $500 per group.  It will be held as a public concert on May 16th in the Stonnington Uniting Church corner of Coppin Street and Burke Road EAST MALVERN at 2.30.  Further details on the entry form

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*Download entry form

 

Armstead Singing Awards 

This award is offered to singers aged 30 years and under on December 31st 2021


$1500 first, $1000 second, $500 third.

The Armstead Singing Award winner is eligible to compete with the winners of the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award for the 3MBS FM Victorian Young Performer Award, the winner of which will be invited to compete in the MBS Fine Music Australia Young Virtuoso Award.

Entry Fee: $30.00 MSV members; $45 non members

An official accompanist will be available to entrants on the day of the audition, free of charge.

*Download entry form 

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Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Awards 2021

PLEASE NOTE:  Owing to a situation with the venue, it is necessary to hold the Piano section of the auditions on Saturday August 7th only.  Please see amended form below

It is likely that there will be a change to the Wind section as well.  We apologise for any inconvenience

 

This competition is conducted in two stages:
Stage 1: a preliminary audition at which three finalists will be selected from three sections:
wind and brass, strings, piano.
Stage 2: the nine finalists selected in Stage 1 will compete in a public concert at St Johns SOUTHGATE

The following three prizes will be awarded in each section:
$1500 first, $1000 second, $500 third.

Winners of first prize in each section are eligible to compete with the winner of the MSV Armstead Singing Award for the 3MBS FM Victorian Young Performer Award, The winner of this will be invited to compete in the MBS Fine Music Australia Young Virtuoso Award

Entry fee: $30.00.

*Download entry form

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3MBS FM Victorian Young Performer Award - 

The winners of the Hephzibah Menuhin awards in Piano, Wind and Strings, together with the winner of the Armstead Singing Award, will compete for the 3MBS FM Victorian Young Performer Award. 

 

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Fine Music Australia Young Performer Award

The 3MBS FM Victorian Young Performer of the Year will compete with the winners of the NSW, QLD, ACT AND SA Young Performer of the Year. The winner of this will be invited to compete in the MBS Fine Music Australia Young Virtuoso Award 

 

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SPECIAL PROJECT AWARD

These grants are open to members of the Society who intend to develop a career in performance.

In order to qualify, students must have been members continuously for the last five years; and have a clear plan of how they wish to use the award.

Two grants of up to $1000 will be available

Details of how to apply will be published later in the year

*Download requirements 

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David Henkels Composition Award to be offered in 2021

This award will be offered in 2021

This award is offered every two years to a composer under the age of eighteen years. The award is worth $1000 and the winning entry will receive a public performance which may be broadcast.

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