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Conditions of Entry

General Information

The Competition is administered by the Committee of the Organ Music Society of Sydney Incorporated.  The Committee reserves the right to amend the Conditions of Entry as it deems necessary.

The order of performance will be decided by the Committee.

Copies of all music must be made available to the Committee at the time of the warm-up, but no later than thirty minutes prior to the commencement of the competition.  Responsibility for obtaining the necessary permission to copy music rests with the competitor. Competitors are to collect their copies after the competition.

A competitor may not enter if they have been a student of the adjudicator of the section they are entering since 1st January 2019.  

If the Society or other institution organises an Organ Academy or a similar event, participating competitors attending any tutorials presented by tutors or an adjudicator are exempt from this restriction.

Any malfunction of the competition organ believed by the competitor to occur during the Competition must be reported at that time to the Committee.

The Committee on the advice of the adjudicator reserves the right not to award any or all prizes.

The decision of the adjudicator is final.

The use in of cameras, camera phones, mobile phones, video cameras, sound recorders during the competition is prohibited due to copyright and privacy regulations.

The competitor gives permission for OMSS to use photographs and recordings for Society promotion including journal articles.  If the entrant does NOT agree, it is the entrant's responsibility to notify OMSS in writing with their application.

Any instructions given by the Committee must be strictly observed.

Rehearsal and warm-ups

*    Preliminary: Thirty minutes and a warm-up time of 5 minutes.

*    Juniors: One hour and a warm-up time of 10 minutes.

*    Intermediate: Two hours and a warm-up time of 15 minutes.

Generally, rehearsals are organised through competitors' teachers, as teachers with more than one competitor usually prefer to have competitors scheduled together. It is the competitor and teacher's responsibility to ensure that the time allocated for rehearsal is not exceeded.  In the case of competitors having no teacher present, the Committee will allocate a person to be present.

In the weeks that rehearsals are scheduled, competitors may not rehearse on the organ at any other than their allocated time.  Under no circumstances should a competitor during or before this period contact the school or church authorities in order to gain access to the organ.  The only exception is should a competitor already practise on the organ. Competitors are requested to bring this situation to the attention of the Committee on entry to the Competition.

Console Assistant

It is the responsibility of the competitor to organise a console assistant if required and to rehearse with them.  The teacher of the competitor may assist in the Preliminary Section only.  Adjudicators do not take any assistance into account when determining prizes in the Preliminary and Junior Sections.  

While it is accepted international practice to use a console assistant, the adjudicators will assess the extent to which excessive assistance has advantaged the competitor over other performers in the Intermediate Section.  

Any competitor unable to bring his/her own console assistant must request one to be arranged by the Committee on the Application Form.  It will not be possible to arrange a console assistant at another time.

Over time disqualification

A competitor whose performance exceeds the time limit will be disqualified.

The competitor will not be eligible for any prizes and will only receive the adjudicator's report.  

Competitors need to check their playing time more than once to exclude the possibility of exceeding the playing time limit.  In past years, the Committee has had to make difficult decisions knowing how much effort has gone into preparation and with the knowledge of how distressing it can be for the competitor who might otherwise have received a prize.    

Payment of Prizes

Prize winners need to have their banking details so that any prize money may be transferred into their account. Payment will only be made by direct deposit.

How to Apply

By making a payment, the Committee understands that you have agreed to abide by the Conditions of Entry above.

Please note that payment and all relevant information must be received by the 30 August 2019.

Make your payment

Preliminary Section $35

Junior Section $35

Intermediate Section $50

Go to Please note this fee is in AUD and is non-refundable.


Please send the following details in one email to

*    Name and Section

*    Scanned Application Form (300DPI full size image). Please ensure your scan is legible.

Your application will be acknowledged by email by Wednesday 11 September 2019.  If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Godelieve Ghavalas on 0404 837 363 as soon as possible.

Late entries are not accepted.


If you have any further questions, please contact Godelieve Ghavalas (Competition Committee Chair)  or 0404 837 363

Thank you for entering and we wish you

all the very best with the competition.