Australian Singing Competition - Rules & Conditions

2015 Rules And Conditions

Competition Process


The 2015 National Adjudicator is Linnhe Robertson.

Please ensure you read and understand the Rules and Conditions of the Competition. If you have any queries, please contact the Competition by email or phone.

2015 IFAC ASC Rules and Conditions PDF 



1.1 An entrant of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition (“the Competition”) must be –

(i) under 26 years on 23 June 2015 (must be born after 23 June 1989);
(ii) an Australian or New Zealand citizen / resident;
(iii) an amateur or professional classical singer.

It is recommended that the entrant be over 19 years of age.

1.2 A previous winner of The Marianne Mathy Scholarship is ineligible to enter.

1.3 Entrants must ensure that they are available to attend all the events listed for the Competition. Check the Timeline for this year’s dates.


2.1 Please note: Entrants must verify that the items chosen to sing at the Finals Concert on 3 October 2015 are available in Australia. Entrants should contact the Music Library of Opera Australia or the Music Library of Symphony Services International. Pay particular attention to the correct orchestration and key. It is an essential requirement that entrants perform this check at the time of entry.

If the item is unavailable, the full score (with orchestral parts) may be imported at the entrant’s expense.

2.2 Entrants should give careful consideration to selecting repertoire in which they are already proficient. This should showcase vocal quality, flexibility, style, range of expression and technique.

2.3 All items must be performed from memory and in the original language. There must be at least 3 languages in the repertoire.

2.4 Submitted repertoire can only be changed prior to the Heats, provided that it remains in accordance with the Rules and with the approval of the National Adjudicator.

2.5 The total repertoire must not exceed performance time of 30 minutes and must include at least one item from each of the following categories:

A — works by a Classical or Baroque composer such as Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Purcell, Gluck, Haydn or Mozart

B — songs for voice and piano from the repertoire of the 19th Century to the present, e.g. lieder, art song and chanson

C — works from the international operatic repertoire

D — a song with orchestral accompaniment (which may also be part of a song cycle) and/or a solo from a choral/orchestral work - oratorio, cantata, mass etc. written for performance with orchestra (an excerpt for solo voice only, not including chorus)


2.6 Contestants will perform one item of their own choice and the Adjudication Panel may select additional item/s from the submitted repertoire.


2.7 Semi-Finalists will be required to prepare four items from the submitted repertoire, some or all of which may be heard by the Adjudicators.

For the Private Adjudication component, Semi-finalists must include one item from:

(i) CATEGORY A; and
(ii) one from CATEGORY B.

For the Public Concert, two of the four items will be performed, of which one must be from CATEGORY B.

Timing: Together the items for the Public Concert should total a minimum of 6 minutes and not exceed 10 minutes. Entrants must check the timing to ensure that the maximum limit is adhered to.

2.8 Semi-Finalists will receive an Orchestral Repertoire Form from the Australian Singing Competition which must be completed and returned to the office by Monday 10 August. No change will be permitted.


2.9 Finalists must present 2 items from the submitted repertoire selected in consultation with the Adjudicators following the Semi-Finals. These items must be available to be sung with orchestral accompaniment.

TimingTogether the items should total a minimum of 8 minutes and not exceed 12 minutes. Entrants must check the timing to ensure that the maximum limit is adhered to.

2.10 If the music is unavailable in Australia in the required key with full score and orchestral parts, the item may not be performed at the Finals unless the singer arranges to obtain the music, with all orchestral parts, at their own expense. (Please refer to 2.1)


3.1 Contestants must engage their own accompanist for the Heats.

3.2 The official accompanist for the Semi-Finals is David Harper. Rehearsal times will be allocated for a one-hour rehearsal that is funded by the Competition. Additional rehearsal time may be made by arrangement with David Harper at the singer’s expense.

3.3 Finalists will perform with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra. Rehearsal time will be allocated for Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October, with a general rehearsal on Saturday 3 October prior to the Finals Concert. Times to be confirmed.

3.4 Semi-Finalists and Finalists are obliged to attend all rehearsals as specified.



4.1 Adjudication will take place over three stages: Heats, Semi-Finals and Finals. The decision of the Adjudicators at all stages is final.

4.2 Contestants will be judged on:
(i) Performance;
(ii) Technique;
(iii) Potential;
(iv) Personality; and
(v) Study Plan.


4.3 At the Heats, contestants will sing 2 items from their repertoire. The first will be their choice, and the subsequent piece(s) will be selected by the Adjudicators. After singing, each contestant will be interviewed by the panel.


4.4 Heats will be held in London on Monday 29 June.


4.5 Heats will be held in Sydney on Monday 20 July and Tuesday 21 July; Melbourne on Wednesday 22 July; Perth on Friday 24 July; and Brisbane on Sunday 26 July.


4.6 Heats will be held in Wellington on Tuesday 28 July.

4.7 Successful Entrants (including those from the London Heats) will need to make their way to Sydney for the Semi-Finals at their own expense and must ensure that they are able to attend all days of Semi-Finals activity and adjudication.

4.8 During the Heats, contestants will sing 2 items from their repertoire. The first will be their choice, and the subsequent piece(s) will be selected by the Adjudicators. After singing, each contestant will be interviewed by the panel.


4.9 Ten (10) Semi-Finalists will be selected from contestants in the Heats

4.10 The Semi-Finals will take place in Sydney. A new panel of Adjudicators will join the National Adjudicator.

4.11 The Semi-Finals Adjudication over 2 days consists of:
(i) a private performance and interview in Sydney on Friday 28 August. Allocated times will be advised; and
(ii) a public concert on Sunday 30 August at 4:30pm.


4.12 The Finals Adjudication panel will include a non-voting Chair.

4.13 The National Adjudicator may be present at the General Rehearsal.

4.14 The Finals Concert will be staged in the Concert Hall of The Concourse, Chatswood at 7pm on Saturday 3 October.


5.1 Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate in a workshop with National Adjudicator Linnhe Robertson on Thursday 27 August.

5.2 The Workshop is not intended to form part of the adjudication process and is instead designed to provide and educational activity for the participants.



6.1 Finalists selected at the Semi-Finals will be invited to participate in a public MasterClass with Linnhe Robertson accompanied by David Harper on Monday 31 August.

7. Music


7.1 A copy of the music of all items to be performed at the Heats must be brought for the Adjudicators.


7.2 Semi-Finalists must provide David Harper, the official accompanist, with their scores by Friday 7 August 2015. Scores must be scanned and sent via email (no photographed scores will be accepted).

7.3 A copy of the music of all items to be performed at the Semi-Finals must be brought for the Adjudicators.


8.1 By entering The IFAC Australian Singing Competition (“the Competition”) you agree to comply with the terms and conditions attached to each Scholarship, Prize or Award.

8.2 The duration of any Scholarship will be for the period necessary for the successful recipient to complete the program of study undertaken.

8.3 All awards must be drawn within five (5) years of the recipient winning unless an alternative agreement is reached. Requests for funds must be made in writing, with a budget detailing the proposed use.

8.4 The Competition and Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (“MOST®”) takes no responsibility for the acceptance of scholarships, which involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient. Recipients are advised to check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.


8.5 MOST® has the right to video, film, record or photograph and retain all stages of the Competition for archival or promotional purposes (“the Material”). MOST® has the right to retain the material on websites or any other analogue or electronic/digital media without fee to the singer and any personal information relating to the Competition. Broadcast, and narrowcast rights remain with MOST® and the Competition.

8.6 MOST® has the right to distribute, post the Material in any medium (including and without limitation on YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr), in whole or in part for an unlimited period, without remuneration, for the purpose of promoting MOST® or the IFAC Australian Singing Competition and associated entities.

8.7 The Competition and MOST® have permission to use the Material in any way that may otherwise infringe an entrant’s moral rights pursuant to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), including but not limited to, an entrant’s moral rights associated with their live performance in the 2015 IFAC ASC when used for any promotion or publicity of MOST® or the Competition in any media without limitation for an unlimited period.

8.8 All approaches to the media must be made through and with the approval of MOST®. Contestants will be required to be available for media calls by arrangement.


9.1 Recipients are required to provide a report (not exceeding 1,200 words) to MOST® within 12 months on the benefit that the Scholarship, Prize or Award has had on the their career.

9.2 All recipients of Prizes, Scholarships and Awards are encouraged to acknowledge the prize giver with a letter of thanks.


Monday 30 March / Launch of 2015 IFAC Australian Singing Competition, 6pm AEDST
Wednesday 3 June / Closing date for Entries, 6pm AEST
Tuesday 9 June / Closing date for Late Entries, 6pm AEST

Monday 29 June / London – Guildhall School of Music & Drama 
Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DT, United Kingdom

Monday 20 July / Sydney – The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW Australia 2010

Tuesday 21 July / Sydney – The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW Australia 2010

Wednesday 22 July / Melbourne – Melbourne Opera Centre
Corner Fawkner and Fanning Streets, Southbank, VIC Australia 3006

Friday 24 July / Perth – Westtern Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley, VIC Australia 6050

Sunday 26 July / Brisbane – Opera Queensland
140 Grey Street, South Brisbane, QLD Australia 4101

Tuesday 28 July / Wellington – New Zealand School of Music (NZSM)
Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, NZ 6012

Thursday 27 August / Workshop – The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW Australia 2010

Friday 28 August / Private Adjudication – Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW Australia 2060

Sunday 30 August, 4.30pm / Public Concert –  Independent Theatre
269 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060

Monday 31 August / MasterClass for Finalists – The Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Australia 2010

Thursday 1 October / Piano Rehearsal

Friday 2 October / Orchestral Rehearsal

Saturday 3 October, 7.00pm / Private General Rehearsal and Public Finals Concert – 
Concert Hall, The Concourse
409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW Australia 2067

Tickets now available for the public Semi-Finals Concert and Finals Concert.
MasterClass tickets by invitation only

 MOST® and the IFAC Australian Singing Competition reserve the right to make changes without notice.

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