2023 Competition

19 - 23 July 2023 - Townsville Civic Theatre


Prizes sponsored by Ines Tapiolas Nominees Pty Ltd

1st – Sebastian Maclaine, Brisbane
2nd – Oliver Heuzenroeder, Brisbane
3rd – Jungyoun Lee, Brisbane


Most Promising Vocalist – Rev Norton Challenor Award sponsored by Siobahn Patrick – Evelyn James, Bundaberg


Beth Honeycombe Prize

1st – Oliver Heuzenroeder, Brisbane
2nd – Jacalyn Adcock, Townsville
3rd – Amalia Safonova, Brisbane

Arties Music Encouragement Award 20 years and under  – Brandon Lindsay, Sydney


1st – Townsville City Council Prize
+ plus Barrier Reef Orchestra Partnership
Nicholas Kennedy, Sydney | Piano

2nd – Dr Bill Williams OBE Memorial Prize sponsored by TCC and Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition
Robert Smith, Sydney | Violin

3rd $1000
Jiyou Park, Brisbane | Cello


Most Outstanding Instrumentalist from Nth Qld Joy Rutledge Award sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers
Liam Gane, Cairns | Cello

Most Promising Pianist Frank Carroll Memorial Award sponsored by Anne Brook and Alan Stephenson
Paul Cheung, Sydney | Piano

Most Promising Strings AUSTA (Nth Qld Branch) Award
Patrick Phillips, Brisbane | Cello

Most Promising Brass or Woodwind Award sponsored by Arthur Florence MusicAid
Josephine Daniel, Brisbane | Clarinet


Prizes sponsord by Salt 66

1st – Jiyou Park, Brisbane | Cello
2nd – Zachary Shieh, Ballarat | Cello
3rd – Amelia Cherry, Brisbane | Double Bass


The Townsville and District Music Teachers’ Association Prizes

1st – Hannah Kim, Sydney | Violin
2nd – Patrick Phillips, Brisbane | Cello
3rd –Liam Gane, Cairns | Cello


Arties Music Encouragement Award  20 yrs and under – Honoka Hidai, Cairns | Bassoon

Youth Development Award sponsored by Mrs Dinie Gaemers & Arties Music
Sydelle Zhang, Brisbane | Violin


Sposored by Townsville Grammar School

1st – Blue Brass (Pimlico State High School)

Sponsored by Ed & Louise Burke

2nd – The Cathedral School Saxophone Quartet
3rd – The Cathedral School String Quartet
4th – Townsville Grammar School Recorder Ensemble

Instrumental Masterclass with Richard McIntyre

Sunday 23 July 2023
2pm in C2
Instrumental Adjudicator Richard McIntyre is one of Australia’s leading Chamber and Orchestral instrumentalists. Richard will present a Masterclass showcasing three instrumental competitors from the competition. This is a must-see event for anyone passionate about solo instrumental music.


Richard McIntyre OAM – Instrumental Adjudicator

Richard McIntyre, OAM, is considered one of Australia’s leading Chamber and Orchestral instrumentalists of his generation, Richard has enjoyed a long and highly successful career as bassoonist, conductor, educator and arranger. His many and diverse endeavours include 10 years as

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Merlyn Quaife AM – Vocal Adjudicator

Merlyn has performed opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe. She has also performed as soloist with the Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Voronesz Philharmonic in Russia. She has appeared

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Sarka Budinska-Boxall (Vocal Accompanist), Crystal Smith – Brisbane, Ingrid Sakurovs – Sydney, Calvin Bowman – Melbourne

Unfortunately, Calvin Bowman has had to withdraw his services for the 2023 competition due to ill health.

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors and Supporters

Ms Dinie Gaemers
Beth Honeycombe 
Siobhan Patrick

Ed & Louise Burke
Jacinta & Paul Payne
Anne Brook & Alan Stephenson

Martin’s Piano Tuning & Repairs
Ines Tapiolas Nominees Pty Ltd