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.
Conditions of Entry -
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 draw conducted by the Committee.
Copies of all music must be made available to the Committee at the rehearsal on the day of the competition. Responsibility for obtaining the necessary permission to copy music rests with the competitor. Original music will be returned to the competitor.
A competitor whose performance does not fall within the time limit will be disqualified. We strongly suggest that you have a safety net of at least three minutes. We feel that playing within a time constraint is good practice as it will be a necessary part of your performances in your future careers.
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 use in any form of cameras, camera phones, mobile phones, video cameras, sound recorders and the like during the competition is prohibited.
Any instructions given by the Committee must be strictly observed.
The competitor may not enter if he/she has been a student of the Adjudicator since 1 January, 2021.
Rehearsal and Warm-
Each finalist will receive two hours’ rehearsal time on the Competition instrument
in the week prior to the Competition and 2.5 hours on the day of the Competition,
which includes the warm-
Note: The time may be altered slightly depending on confirmation from the venue. The total time given will be 4.5hrs.
In the weeks during which rehearsals are scheduled, competitors may not rehearse on the organ at any other time than their allocated time. Under no circumstances should a competitor during or before this period contact the venue authorities to gain further access to the organ. The only exception would be if a competitor already practises on the organ. Competitors are requested to bring this situation to the attention of the Committee on entry to the Competition.
Competitors need to demonstrate that they are able to perform as independently as possible. 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. Competitors may have one console assistant (not their teacher) only and they are encouraged to organise their own, especially if living locally. A request for a console assistant to be organized by the Committee must be noted on the application email. Competitors are advised to rehearse with their console assistant.
Open Section Adjudication
The decision of the Adjudicators is final. The Committee, on the advice of the Adjudicators, reserves the right not to award any or all prizes. The Adjudicators will take into consideration whether the programme is well balanced and varied.
The performances may be recorded by OMSS. By entering, each competitor gives permission to OMSS to use the biographical details and the photograph supplied with the entry for publicity in our Sydney Organ Journal and for other related purposes. Performers will not be permitted to claim any rights or royalties. If recorded, performers will be offered a link of their performance.
How to Apply
As the first round is strictly anonymous, please address all enquiries as well as your application as detailed below, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Competitors will receive a confirmation by email with an identification number. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within seven (7) days, please contact Godelieve by email or call 0404 837 363 as soon as possible.
Please note that all the information (Competitor’s details, recordings, declarations and payment) has the same closing date of Friday 30 July 2021
We suggest that you send all the necessary information by email in the week prior to the closing date.
Please list details in a .docx file:
1. State your full name and birthdate. You may be asked to present a copy of your birth certificate, driver’s licence or passport to verify your age.
2. State your full residential address, including Post Code, State and Country.
3. Your contact details -
4. Your teacher’s name and contact details -
5. List your repertoire for Round One. Please ensure you give full details of your pieces: composer’s full name, dates, date of composition if applicable, movement and opus numbers.
6. List your repertoire for Round Two in the order you intend to perform the pieces. Once again, please ensure you give full details of your pieces.
7. Do you require a console assistant?
8. A short biography (about 200 words).
9. Please attach a high-
10. Please scan the completed Declaration Form confirming that the recording was made by the applicant in his/her presence at the stated location in 2021 and that it is a true and unedited recording of the performance. Breaks between pieces are permitted.
11. Attach your Round One recording Dropbox audio link (Probably three files, one for each piece). So that we can send recordings easily to adjudicators, we ask that you save your recording as either a mp3, .wav or .aiff file to Dropbox. Please note that .wav or .aiff files are preferred as they are of higher audio quality.
Make your payment of AUD $125 and email receipt
By making your payment, the Committee understands that the competitor has agreed
to abide by the Conditions of Entry as provided on the competition website. The
fee is non-
Account No: 373962
Account Name: The Organ Music Society of Sydney Inc
Please state OPEN along with your identification number as your payment reference.
If you wish to purchase audience tickets, please do so here
Thank you for entering.
We wish you all the very best with the competition!