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Awards, Prizes & Scholarships


Recitals Australia runs comprehensive support, mentor and performance programs for students and upcoming musicians across South Australia, all supported through tax deductible donations towards the Performers’ Advancement Fund.

Offerings include free attendance for Elder Conservatorium students to each of the Virtuosi Series performances held at Elder Hall and supported access for students to mentoring and master class opportunities with Virtuosi artists.

Three specific Awards, Prize and Grant programs are also available:

Lunch Hour Awards

At the conclusion of each of the Autumn and Spring Series, up to 8 finalists are selected from the young performers to play in a Finals Concert. A maximum of 2 Awards of $1,000 may be made per season, with other finalists receiving a minimum of $100 (maximum available per season is $3,000).

Eligible performers electing to be considered for a Lunch Hour Award will be asked to perform in a ‘finals’ concert held at the end of the Series in which they have performed. The Awards will be made immediately following this concert.

Download the Lunch Hour Awards Criteria, Eligibility, Terms and Conditions PDF to learn more and apply.

Recitals Australia Grants

The awards previously known as Recitals Australia Travel Grants shall hereby be known as Recitals Australia Grants. Recitals Australia Grants will be offered twice a year, subject to availability of funds.

Download the Recitals Australia Grants Eligibility Criteria, Assessment Procedure PDF to learn more.

Peter Schodde Memorial Piano Scholarship

In memory of the late Peter Schodde – former Recitals Australia Treasurer & Vice President, pianist and philanthropist – Recitals Australia presented a concert in August 2012 to raise funds to support a scholarship for young South Australian pianists. The concert raised almost $25,000 which, combined with future fundraising events, will provide five $5,000 scholarships in alternate years from 2013 to 2021.

Valued at $5,000, and offered in association with the Helpmann Academy , the  Peter Schodde Memorial Piano Scholarship is open to South Australian tertiary pianists between the ages of 18 and 26, who are passionate about their futures as musicians and have valid plans in place for the next challenge in their studies and careers.

The Scholarship process consists of:

  1. Establishing a Project. An enormous range is possible and it is not necessarily involving interstate or overseas travel
  2. Preparing the Written Application, covering all the requirements outlined. Students can optionally submit a draft Application (due August 17) for comment and Helpmann Academy will also help with Budgeting process if necessary.
  3. Submitting the finalised Application online through the Helpmann website (due September 3)
  4. Submissions will be shortlisted in mid October and those selected will take part in an interview with a panel of four plus will be asked for a short solo performance.
  5. The final contenders will be announced post the interview process and the selected finalists will perform a 30 minute program each at a special Public Recital on Monday November 26 in Elder Hall, at which the winner of this year’s Peter Schodde Scholarship will be announced.

Note: the eventual winner will be expected to submit progress reports plus an acquittal report (on the success of the project  and the financial outcome) after completion of the project