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2017 Music Scholarships


Penrith Conservatorium of Music’s prestigious music scholarship applications are now open for 2017.

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The Conservatorium is again offering seven highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

At the heart of the Conservatorium’s Scholarships program is a team of over 20 tutors all with outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard.  Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves.

Thanks to the generosity of Penrith City Council, donors and benefactors, seven scholarships are open to all instruments including voice, contemporary and classical, students of violin, viola, cello, flute, and guitar.  Students and non-students of Penrith Conservatorium of Music are encouraged to apply for this coveted opportunity.

In 2017, seven high achieving, talented musicians will be awarded scholarships, helping set them on a pathway to professional music careers. The Conservatorium is offering the following scholarships:

The Richard Bonynge Scholarship for all instruments including voice
One Scholarship: open to all students and general public.

The Mayoral Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area only.

Emerging Talent Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to people age 12-18.

Malcolm Borland Scholarship  – Piano only
One Scholarship tuition for 2017: open to all students and general public, for piano only.

Regional Talent Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and the general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area and who experience financial difficulty.

Penrith Conservatorium of Music Scholarships
Two Scholarships for 2017: open to all students and general public for voice and instrument.

A Scholarship provides aspiring musicians with the opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers; tuition, musicianship and ensemble activity, and access to the Joan family of artists, mentors, classes and concerts – life changing opportunities that will continue to excite and engage young people and adults in the joy of making music.

“Being a scholarship recipient not only provided financial assistance, it provided the opportunity for me to have my achievements as a musician recognised.  Over the years, it has given me the chance to be part of something very special – to perform in many events and concerts, to be noticed and to enjoy meeting people who know you – who have seen you perform. I have had the privilege to meet other gifted students and renowned musicians including the acclaimed Richard Bonynge.  I am extremely thankful for these opportunities and to the Penrith Conservatorium of Music.”
Diana Babajanyan recipient of the 2016 Richard Bonynge Scholarship.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

An email confirming audition times will be sent by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

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You do not have to be a current student of Penrith Conservatorium of Music to apply for a scholarship.
You do need to be a resident of Greater Western Sydney.
You do need to be Grade 4 or higher for all instruments including voice.
Certain Scholarships are reserved for Penrith LGA residents only, or have age or financial hardship criteria.

Application forms are available here or call us on 4723 7611. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions attached to the application form.

An audition timetable will be sent by email by 6 January 2017.  There will be no deferred auditions.

Candidates need to prepare two contrasting pieces of music that show their musical and technical abilities. The two pieces will be performed back to back with no break, and must not exceed eight minutes length in total.

Two copies of the music must be presented to the panel at the commencement of the audition.

Candidates will need to arrange their own accompanist if required.

The audition panel will consider the applicant’s demonstration of:

  • technical ability;
  • musicality;
  • expression;
  • phrasing;
  • sensitivity; and
  • solo performance technique.

The audition panel will allocate scholarships based on individual performance and the needs of the Conservatorium (eg to build up program/instrument areas).


Kate Delkou
Ticketing Services Officer, Penrith Conservatorium of Music
T: 4723 7611 or E: kate.delkou@penrith.city

Please note that Kate works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only

You can also download the 2016 Scholarship Information Pack here.