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Sydney Organ Competition

The Organ Music Society of Sydney regrets to advise that due to the resurgence of the COVID 19 pandemic, particularly in NSW, all sections of the 2021 Sydney Organ Competition have been cancelled. The Preliminary, Junior, Intermediate and Open sections will not be held either as live events or online.

The decision has been taken reluctantly after receiving feedback from teachers and students, but with the conviction that it would be impossible to conduct the Competition on an equitable basis given the varying access of entrants to practice instruments.

All Competition entrants who have already enrolled will be contacted individually.

The Organ Music Society will put its energies into delivering a bigger and better Competition in 2022.



Preliminary/Junior/Intermediate

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Monday 4 October 2021

Preliminary/Junior: 10.30am, St Aloysius College Chapel 47 Upper Pitt Street, Milsons Point

Intermediate: 2.30pm, Shore Chapel Blue Street, North Sydney

Please note that candidates may only enter Preliminary/Junior OR Intermediate - not both

Audience Entry Fee (Teachers of competitors, students and children are free)

Preliminary/Junior Section Adults $10 Student/Child Free

Intermediate Section Adults $10 Student/Child Free

Day Pass all sections including Open: $20

Preliminary Section

OMSS has introduced this section as the previous standard of playing in the Junior Section ranged from very short pieces to pieces of Grade 7/8 AMEB.  The new Preliminary Section will give competitors aged 15 and under the chance to compete commensurate with their skill level.


The Preliminary Section is open to organists fifteen years of age or younger at the closing date, who have not as at the time of entry sat for or attained an AMEB Grade 4 (or equivalent) or a higher certificate.  The repertoire (one piece only) should not be higher than Grade 3 AMEB or equivalent with a total playing time not exceeding five minutes. The time limit may cover one or two pieces.


* Friends of the Sydney Town Hall First Prize: $250

* Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Encouragement Award: $100

* The adjudicator may award an Encouragement Award at his/her discretion.


Junior Section

The Junior Section is open to organists fifteen years of age or younger at the closing date.

The repertoire required is a balanced programme comprising two contrasting pieces or movements (one baroque) with a total playing time not exceeding ten minutes.  The repertoire should be a minimum standard of Grade 4 AMEB or equivalent.


* Michael Dyer First Prize: $500

* Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Second Prize: $300

* Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Encouragement Award: $100


We rely on teachers to make a professional judgement regarding the skill level of their student.  However, if there is any query as to the standard of a particular piece, please contact the Committee.

The Ron Roberts Prize

* The Ron Roberts Prize: $150

This award is for the best performance of a baroque work.  Competitors who enter either the Preliminary or Junior Section are eligible for the prize. There is only one prize across both sections.

Intermediate Section

The Intermediate Section is open to organists eighteen years of age or younger at the closing date. The repertoire required is a balanced programme comprising two contrasting pieces or movements (one by J. S. Bach) with a total playing time not exceeding twenty minutes. The repertoire should be a minimum standard of Grade 5 AMEB or equivalent.


* Friends of the Sydney Town Hall First Prize: $1,500

* Doris and George Vern-Barnett Prize: $500

* Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Encouragement Award: $200

Adjudicators

Preliminary and Junior Sections: Jim Abraham (Director, Cathedral Singers)

Intermediate Section: Dr Joseph Nolan (St George’s Cathedral, Perth WA)

The Closing Date is Monday 30 August 2021

Please note that late entries are not accepted under any circumstances.  

Venues

Preliminary and Junior Section: St Aloysius College, Milsons Point: Létourneau 2/20

Intermediate Section: Shore Chapel, Blue Street, North Sydney – Holroyd & Edwards/Pitchford


Audience Admission Entry Fee (Teachers of competitors, students and children are free)


All adults, including parents of students entering the competition:  $10 per Section

Day Pass to all sections including the Open Section: $20


Please book your tickets here:  https://www.trybooking.com/BPLKO

Parking

As the 4th October is a public holiday, parking may be found in the streets around St Aloysius College.  The closest railway station is Milsons Point with a short walk to the College.  Shore School offers parking from the School’s Union Street Entrance. The closest railway station is North Sydney with a short walk to the school.


For Conditions of Entry, click here

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I have read, understand and I agree to abide by the terms of the Rules of the Sydney Organ Competition 2020.



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Late entries are not accepted.

Enquiries

If you have any further queries, please contact Godelieve Ghavalas (Competition Committee Chair) godelieve@notjustnotes.com.au  or 0404 837 363


Thank you for entering and we wish you all the very best with the competition.