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Sydney Organ Competition

Open Section

The Open Section has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limit this will place on interstate/international travel

Welcome to the Sydney Organ Competition 2020

Monday 5 October

The Competition is administered by the Organ Music Society of Sydney.

Steering Committee: Godelieve Ghavalas, Dr Gregory Cunningham, Robert Fox, Justin Ankus


The Sydney Organ Competition has been in existence since 1988.  2020 is the 33rd year.

The aim of our Competition is to foster a high standard of performance amongst young organ students so that they may gain experience in performing publicly and under pressure.  The Sydney Organ Competition encourages them to seek higher levels of excellence by competing. It also gives them an opportunity to meet their peers.

All members of the Society, friends and members of the public, are very welcome to attend all or either of the sections.

Open Section - thirty five years and under

Intermediate Section - eighteen years and younger

Preliminary and Junior Section - fifteen years and under



Preliminary and Junior Sections

Monday 5 October 2020 - 10.30am

Venue: St Aloysius College Chapel, Milson’s Point

Being 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.


Admission Free (Donation would be appreciated)

Adjudicator: Jim Abraham

Preliminary Section

OMSS has introduced this section as the standard of playing in the Junior Section has in the past 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) should not be higher than Grade 3 AMEB or equivalent with a total playing time not exceeding five minutes.

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

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

The adjudicator may award the 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.

* Arrangements/transcriptions are acceptable.

Prizes

First Prize

Michael Dyer First Prize: $500

Second Prize

Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Second Prize: $300

Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Encouragement Award: $100

The Ron Roberts Prize: $150

The Ron Roberts Prize 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 Ron Roberts Prize across both sections.

Closing Date is Friday 28 August, 2020

All information described in "How to apply" must  be received by the closing date.

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

Click here for Conditions of Entry and How to Apply Information

Intermediate Section

Monday 5 October, 2020 - 2.30pm

Venue: Shore Chapel, North Sydney

Shore School offers parking from the School’s Union Street Entrance


Admission Free (Donation would be appreciated)

Adjudicator: Simon Nieminski

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, including arrangements or transcriptions of works 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.

Prizes

First Prize

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

Second Prize

Doris and George Vern-Barnett Prize: $500

Third Prize

Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Encouragement Award: $200

Closing Date is Friday 28 August, 2020

All information described in "How to apply" must  be received by the closing date.

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

Click here for Conditions of Entry and How to Apply Information