About the Competition

The Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition is an internationally recognised competition held annually in Townsville.  It began life as a piano concerto competition in 1980 and has grown significantly in size and reputation, with the event now covering both vocal, instrumental, and school age sections.

Held over five days in July, the Competition attracts outstanding musicians from around the world who perform works from concerto and opera repertoire with professional accompanists. Entrants come from places as far afield as Moscow, Poland, New Zealand and South Korea.

Its prestige as a national event is now well established with many of our Open instrumentalists being finalists and winners of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards.

The Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition offers a unique opportunity for emerging musicians to be stimulated and extended.  The Competition adjudicators are recognised both nationally and internationally for their expertise and interest in encouraging musical development.

A separate Open Vocal Section was introduced in 2014 receiving an overwhelming response.  From 2015 the Open Vocal section had its own Preliminary Stage, and there are currently two separate Finals Concerts – Open Instrumental and Open Vocal.

Sections

Age Limit: Open to all ages.
Open to all instrumentalists, excluding 1st Prize Winners from the past 4 years.
Entrants must present a complete work in concerto form (i.e. solo and orchestra, string ensemble or concert band).
The open section will consist of two stages – preliminary and final. Three performers will be chosen from the preliminary stage to compete in the finals.
Time Limit: 15-40 minutes
Entry Fee:  $85

Prizes:   

1st   Townsville City Council Prize $4000 and John Hopkins Performance Fellowship Award Value $1000+
2nd   Dr Bill Williams OBE Memorial Prize $2000
jointly sponsored by the Townsville City Council and Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
3rd    $1000 

Age Limit: Open to all ages.
Open to all vocalists excluding 1st prize winner from previous year.
Entrants must prepare a program of EITHER four contrasting arias (with or without recitative) from Opera/Oratorio OR a work/s for Voice and Orchestra eg Mozart’s Motet, a Bach Cantata or Four Last Songs by R Strauss.

Time limit: 20-30 minutes
Entry Fee: $85

Prizes:    1st $1500   2nd $1000   3rd $500

Age Limit: Open to all ages.
This section is open to all instrumentalists excluding previous 1st prize winners.
Entrants may play one or more movements from the same concerto or work written especially for soloist and orchestra, soloist and string ensemble or soloist and concert band.
Performers may participate on more than one instrument should they so choose.

Time Limit: 10-25 minutes
Entry Fee:  $65

Prizes:    Loloma Jewellers Prize   1st $500   2nd $300   3rd $200

Age Limit: Open to all ages.
Open to all vocalists excluding previous 1st prize winners. Entrants must prepare a program in two parts.
PART A: (to be sung first) The major part must be an aria from an opera or oratorio (with or without recitative), or a substantial work for voice and orchestra.
PART B: The minor part should consist of one or more folk songs or art songs (not lieder).

Time Limit: 10-15 minutes
Entry Fee:  $65

Prizes:    Jorgensen Tutoring & Music School Prize   1st $500   2nd $300   3rd $200

Age Limit: Entrants must be currently attending school.
Entrants may play one or more movements from the same concerto or work written specifically for soloist and orchestra, string ensemble or concert band.
Performers may participate on more than one instrument should they so choose.

Time limit: 6-12 minutes
Entry Fee:  $30
Prizes:    The Townsville and District Music Teachers’ Assn Prize   1st $100   2nd $75   3rd $50

Entrants must be currently attending school.
No conductor and no amplification. (Exceptions apply for bassists in guitar ensembles.)
Players may form part of more than one group.
Performance may include vocalists and/or instrumentalists.

Time Limit: 
Entry Fee:  $30

Prizes:    The Townsville City Council Prize   1st $400   2nd $300   3rd $200   4th $100

Special Awards

  • Joy Rutledge Award sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers – Most Outstanding Musician from Nth Qld    $500
  • Rev Norton Challenor Award & Perpetual Trophy – Most Promising Vocalist sponsored by Ms Mary Paola $250
  • AUSTA (Nth Qld Branch) Award – Most Promising String Player $250
  • Frank Carroll Memorial Award – Most Promising Pianist $250
  • AB Brass & Woodwind Award  – Most Promising Wind/Brass Player $250
  • Audience Choice Award Open Vocal (Finals Concert)  sponsored by Susan Grinsell Singing Studio $300
  • Audience Choice Award Open Instrumental (Finals Concert) sponsored by TripleT Classic Music Team $300
  • Youth Development Award sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers, Arties Music and Australian Festival of Chamber Music $400+
  • Encouragement Awards  (4 x ) sponsored by Arties Music $50ea
  • Performance Opportunities for Open Section Winners (see below)

Connecting performers with opportunities

The Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition is passionate about cultivating opportunities for musicians to expand their potential. Aside from significant cash prizes, ACVC awards two significant performance-based prizes. The John Hopkins Performance Fellowship is awarded to the winner of Section 1 Open Instrumental, and a partnership opportunity with Barrier Reef Orchestra is awarded to both the winner of Section 1 – Open Instrumental and the winner of Section 2 – Open Vocal.

John Hopkins Performance Fellowship

The John Hopkins Performance Fellowship (JHPF), initiated by the late John Hopkins OBE AM (1927-2013), fosters musical opportunities through community engagement. John Hopkins, one of Australia’s foremost conductors and music educators was an advocate for developing musicians and community ensembles. He also had a long running and hands on involvement with ACVC.

JHPF provides an opportunity for its recipient to perform as a soloist with one of Australia’s many community orchestras. The specific orchestra will be determined annually and the fellowship covers all travel and accommodation costs for the soloist. The performance will be scheduled within 2 years of the fellowship being awarded.

The John Hopkins Performance Fellowship 2015 recipient, pianist Arthur Athan (Melbourne) has been given the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in Perth in April 2017

 

Barrier Reef Orchestra Performance

Under the umbrella of NQ Ensembles Inc , Barrier Reef Orchestra (BRO) is Townsville’s premier community orchestra. BRO performs regularly and presents standard orchestral repertoire as well as new and world music. They perform under the baton of renowned local, national and international conductors.

Through their partnership with ACVC, BRO provides each winner of the Open Vocal and Open Instrumental sections the opportunity to perform as soloists in a public concert accompanied by the orchestra.

The prize also covers applicable travel and accommodation costs incurred by the winner in order to perform in Townsville. The performances are scheduled within 18 months of the prize being awarded (at the discretion of BRO and ACVC management).

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