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Sydney Organ Competition

Open Section

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The Open Section is open to organists 35 years of age and under on 30 July 2022

Entry Fee AUD $125 (non-refundable)

Closing Date Friday 30 July 2022

Public Finalist Recital

Monday 3 October 2022, 7pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral - 1 Marist Place, Parramatta


Audience Entry

Tickets may be purchased here: https://www.trybooking.com/BYTWV 


First Prize:  Vincent Sheppard Memorial Prize $2,500

Second Prize: John Brown Memorial Award $1,000

Third Prize: Jessie Lyle Marsh Award $500  

We are happy to announce the June Nixon Prize $3,000, which will be presented to the First Prize Winner (as an additional prize to the Vincent Sheppard Award). It is expected that the prize will be used to further support the winner’s professional development. 


Simon Nieminski (assistant Director of Music, St Mary’s Cathedral)

Dr June Nixon (Australian Organist and Composer, Melbourne)


Round 1:  A recording with playing time not to exceed 25 minutes

Three works comprising:

• Any fast movement of a Trio Sonata by J.S. Bach (with the exception of BWV 525)

• An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653 by J.S. Bach

• Any work or movement of your own choice

Round 2: Public Finalists’ Recital - St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta

Playing time must not be less than 30 minutes or more than 40 minutes.

Three works, comprising:

• Any major work by J.S. Bach

• A work written between 1800 and 1940

• Any work written after 1940

No work, or part of a work from Round 1, may be repeated in Round 2.  The word “work” includes multi-movement pieces as well as a selection of movements from a work.  

The program for both Rounds must demonstrate a variety of styles, textures and moods and the order of the works is at the competitor’s discretion.  In Round 2, the competitor should demonstrate an awareness of suitable programming.

First Round Adjudication

Adjudicators will be asked to return their assessments by Monday 22 August, 2022 and finalists (maximum of 3) will be announced by Friday 26 August, 2022.  All competitors will be given comments regarding their performances.  In Round 1, the competitor’s identity will not be known to the adjudicators.

Overseas Competitors

We welcome interstate/overseas competitors. All travel and accommodation costs are the competitor’s responsibility.

Please note that Parramatta is roughly 30 kms away from Sydney.  

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