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2019 Music Scholarships

Applications for the 2019 Music Scholarships are now open!

Penrith Conservatorium, housed at The Joan, has enriched the lives of the local community for over 28 years through its passion for excellence in music education and performance. The Conservatorium has an ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing local talent through scholarships which are offered through a competitive application and audition process. These scholarships recognise talent and future potential and offer pathways for people to pursue a professional career in music.  Scholarships are open to all instruments, however in 2019 the Conservatorium particularly encourages students of WOODWIND, BRASS and ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION.

The Conservatorium team of over 25 tutors have 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, whilst many others enjoy the pleasure and excitement music brings into their everyday lives. Scholarships are offered to enrich individuals’ musical experience and development, as well as to offer pathways into a career as a professional musician.

The Conservatorium is offering six 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.

Thanks to the generosity of the Conservatorium’s current sponsors and partners; Penrith City Council, Berger Piepers, Ars Musica and the Joan Sutherland Foundation, six scholarships are open to all instruments including voice.

The Conservatorium is now calling for applicants for the 2019 scholarships!

To apply, download the Information Kit and the Application Form


Applications open Monday 17th September 2018

Applications close Friday 14 December 2018

Auditions will be held at The Joan on 18th January 2019

Scholarships are awarded either as FULL or HALF at the Penrith Conservatorium in 2019

You do not have to be an existing student of the Conservatorium to apply

Open to all residents of the Greater Western Sydney region (Some Scholarships require residency within Penrith LGA)


The Richard Bonynge Scholarship

The Emerging Talent Scholarship – Open to students aged 12 – 18

The Mayoral Scholarship – Open to Penrith LGA residents

The Malcolm Borland full Scholarship – Piano Only


Two Penrith Conservatorium Scholarships

The Regional Talent Scholarship – Open to Penrith LGA residents