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
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).