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Sydney Organ Competition

Conditions of Entry


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

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 he/she has been a student of the adjudicator of the section they are entering since 1 January, 2020.  

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 of the prizes.

The decision of the Adjudicator is final.

The use of cameras, camera phones, mobile phones, video cameras and sound recorders during the competition is prohibited.

The Competitor gives permission for the OMSS to use photographs and recordings for Society promotion including journal articles.  If the Competitor  does NOT agree, it is the Competitor’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 if a Competitor already practises on that 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 supply their banking details as payment will only be made by direct deposit.

How to Apply

By entering as a Competitor, the Committee understands that you have agreed to abide by the Conditions of Entry above.

Please note that all relevant information must be received by 31 August, 2020. For 2020 only, all entry fees have been waived.

To enter as a Competitor, go to www.trybooking.com/BIWQX and fill in your details.


Please send the following details in one email to godelieve@notjustnotes.com.au

*    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 9 September, 2020.  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 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.