Joan Carden Award 2015 Information for Singers

Thank you for your interest in the Joan Carden Award in 2015. Here is some information for applicants.

  1. Q. May I send USB sticks or mp3 files instead of CDs?
    A. No. CDs are the required medium. Please do not put your name on the CDs themselves; please leave them blank as regards writing.
  2. Q. Do I need to present one new piece at each later stage?
    A. Yes, at the semi-finals and finals you should present one piece which you have already sung for the adjudicators, and one which is new. Please remember that at the finals, the accompaniment will be an orchestra (see 10. below for details) – no piano will be available. Please see the spreadsheet which sets out the number of pieces to be sung.
  3. Q. If I don’t understand the terms and conditions, or have another query, who do I contact?
    A. Please contact: Catherine Crittenden,
  4. Q. What should I expect after I have submitted my online application?
    A. You should receive an email telling you your application has been received. If you do not receive this email, please contact Catherine Crittenden,
  5. Q. What is the timetable after that?
    A. By the end of May, the outcome of the first round will be announced; 14 June – 2pm, master class/semi-finals (finalists announced at the end); 16 August 3pm, finals.
  6. Q. Where will the semi-finals be held?
    At St Patrick’s Church Hall, 5 Drynan Street Summer Hill.
  7. Q. Can my family and friends attend the master class/semi-finals?
    A. Yes, subject to the availability of seats. An entry fee will also apply.
  8. Q. Who are the adjudicators?
    The adjudicators for the first stage and the semi-finals are Miss Joan Carden AO OBE and Mr Christopher Bowen OAM. For the finals there will be a third adjudicator as well: Mr Anson Austin OAM.
  9. Q. Where will the concert on 16 August be held?
    In the Great Hall, the University of Sydney.
  10. Q. What orchestral forces are available for the finals?
    A. The orchestra forces available are:
    6 Violin 1
    6 Violin 2
    6 Viola
    4 Cellos
    2 Double Bass
    2 Flute (2nd doubles piccolo)
    2 Oboe
    2 Clarinet
    2 Bassoon
    4 Horn
    2 Trumpet
    3 Trombone
    1 Harp
    1 Timpani


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