Joan Carden Award 2019 Terms and Conditions

The competition for the Award will have two stages:

  • Qualifying Stage. Applicants will upload recordings of themselves singing two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire, which may include lieder, or arias from opera or oratorio, or parts of a song cycle in one of the following languages: English, German, Italian, French Latin. Music must be in the public domain. Three applicants will be selected from the Qualifying Stage to proceed to the Finals.
  • Finalists will each perform two pieces at the Choir’s August concert, to be held in the Great Hall of the University of Sydney on Sunday August 11that 3pm.
  1. Applicants selected for the finals must present one new piece (that is, a piece not previously presented as a recording) and a piece that they have already presented. These pieces should be from the classical repertoire as outlined above, and must include a Mozart aria. If outside of the normal canon, a synopsis must be provided. The total performance time for each applicant must be between 8 and 12 minutes. Music must be in the public domain.
  2. Information about the orchestral forces available for the finals concert can be found here. Applicants must ensure that the relevant orchestral scores are readily available in Australia for pieces they would propose to sing in the finals, if selected.
  3. Applicants selected for the finals must be available to sing on Sunday 11th August 2019 and to rehearse with the orchestra on Saturday 10th August 2019. The two pieces to be performed by each soloist in the finals will be decided in consultation with Music Director, Christopher Bowen, having regard to the orchestral forces available & the availability of music in the public domain.
  4. Prior to the final, each finalist will have the opportunity to have a private tutorial with Miss Joan Carden herself (most likely on Saturday 10 August, to be confirmed). This will form an integral part of the assessment.
  5. A written adjudication will be provided to finalists within one month of the final.
  6. The application fee is $30. Applicants are responsible for any expenses they incur by entering the Award competition.
  7. One finalist will receive the Joan Carden Award for 2019. The value of the Award in 2019 will be $6,000. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity for a solo engagement with the choir.
  8. A second prize of $300 will be awarded, also with the opportunity for a solo engagement with the choir. In addition there will be a third prize of $200.
  9. A ‘Peoples’ Choice’ Award will be made on the basis of voting forms completed by audience members including the Choir. A small prize will be awarded to the winner.
  10. Applicants for the Award must be aged between 22 and 35 years on 26th April 2019. Proof of age must be provided.
  11. Previous winners of the Joan Carden Award may not apply.
  12. Immediate family members and current singing students of any of the adjudicators may not apply.
  13. Applications must be submitted online using the form provided by midnight on Friday 26th April 2019.
  14. Finalists must agree to be photographed in connection with the concert on 11th August.
  15. Applicants must agree that, in the event that they are selected as finalists, their photographs may be used by the Choir for publicity purposes.
  16. Applicants must agree that after the competition is over the organisers will make all reasonable efforts to delete recordings submitted to the Qualifying Stage, and that these recordings will not be retained by the organisers or returned to the applicant.
  17. Applicants must agree that no later than 2 weeks after receipt of their application the organisers will make all reasonable efforts to delete their proof of age document, and that this will not be retained by the organisers or returned to the applicant.
  18. Applicants must agree that in the event that they are selected as finalists their performance will be recorded and that Sydney University Graduate Choir owns all intellectual property rights to any recording that is made of the performance. Finalists assign to Sydney University Graduate Choir any rights that are necessary to give effect to this ownership.
  19. The schedule will not be varied to cater for individual applicants. However, the Choir reserves the right to vary the schedule in the event of a serious unforeseeable event. If the Choir varies the schedule it will make every reasonable effort to reschedule at times convenient to applicants.
  20. The adjudicators’ decision at each stage will be final.
  21. All pieces performed in the finals must be performed from memory.
  22. Applicants must agree to allow SUGC to use the applicant’s names and photos in SUGC and JCA publicity, at SUGC’s sole discretion.