Over AUD $200,000 in prizes and opportunities to be awarded at this year's Finals and Semi-Finals.
Awarded at the Finals
Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy')
AUD $30,000 to assist with a program of study and/or singing activity
The winner of The Mathy will also receive:
1. Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Center: an opportunity to audition for Lyric Opera of Chicago’s professional-artist development program, The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, in Chicago. Date to be mutually agreed upon; singer responsible for travel and lodging.
Ryan Opera Center
2. Fine Music 102.5 Recording Session - One-hour studio recording from Fine Music 102.5.
Fine Music FM
3. Lili Ussher Prize Portrait painting of the winner in concert dress.
4. Neustein Resume Prize A professionally-produced resume.
5. Oral History Taped interview by oral historian Diana Ritch will be recorded and retained within the Oral History Collection of the National Library of Australia.
6. The Mathy Limited edition Drago Marin Cherina sculpture presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®).
Drago Marin Cherina on Wikipedia
OTHER PRIZES: AWARDED TO ANY FINALIST
Guildhall School of Music
and Drama Award
Fees for one year’s study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the Postgraduate Diploma Vocal Training Course in the academic year 2016/2017. Sponsored by Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
Guildhall School of Music
The winner will also receive the AUD $5,000 Pasqualina Lipari Prize. Sponsored by V&A Accountants and Business Advisors, Adelaide.
Royal Northern College of Music Award
Fees for one year’s study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester (UK) in the academic year 2016/2017. Sponsored by Royal Northern College of Music, UK.
Royal Northern College of Music
The winner will also receive the AUD $3,000 Phoebe Patrick Award. Sponsored by Donna Woodhill, Sydney.
Adler-Buchmann International Program Scholarship
Fees for either a one year non-degree course in the academic year 2016/17 or a two-year master’s degree program in the academic years 2016/18 at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Sponsored by Buchmann-Meta School of Music, Tel Aviv University.
ROSL ARTS Scholarship
Royal Over-seas League (UK, VIC)
The scholarship includes:
- A return economy flight from Australia to London in July/August 2016 or 2017.
- A cash award of AUD $2,000 from the Australian Victorian Branch of ROSL.
- Accommodation and hospitality for two weeks in London.
- One week in Edinburgh.
- Cash grant of 500 pounds sterling to cover personal expenses in the UK.
- Consultation lessons/coaching with prominent UK teachers.
- Participation in an evening concert in London for the ROSL.
- A lunchtime recital at either St James’s Piccadilly or St Martin in the Fields.
- Participation in ROSL ARTS Edinburgh Festival Fringe Concert Series.
- Provision of a ROSL prizewinning accompanist for all performances.
- Tickets for a wide range of opera, theatre and concert performances, including the Royal Opera House, BBC. Promenade Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Sponsored by ROSL ARTS; ROSL UK (London) and ROSL Victoria Australia
Merenda Legacy Prize
Cash grant of AUD $8,000 to enable the recipient to study the Italian language in Italy. Sponsored by the Merenda Foundation.
Nelly Apt Scholarship
Scholarship of up to AUD $7,000 to fund travel and accommodation to attend the Israeli Opera Young Artist Program at the Meitar Opera Studio in Tel Aviv. The 4-5 week program features many projects, coachings, master classes and performances and runs from mid-October to early June. Sponsored by the Israeli Opera and the Nelly Apt Estate.
International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) New York Scholarship
A scholarship to attend the IVAI Summer School in New York in July 2016. Sponsored by IVAI, New York.
The winner will also receive the AUD $2,500 Haas Award. Sponsored by the Haas Family Trust.
Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship
An opportunity to attend the Audition Training Opera Program in Munich in 2016. Sponsored by the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program, Munich.
The winner will also receive the AUD $2,500 Woodward Family Prize to assist with travel expenses. Sponsored by the Woodward Family.
Young Vocalist Award
An engagement with a professional Australian symphony orchestra, and cash award of AUD $5,000. Sponsored by Symphony Services International.
RONALD RICHARDS PRIZE
A $1,000 cash prize for each Finalist. Sponsored by Joan Richards OAM.
Canberra Symphony Orchestra Prize
Professional engagement to perform with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Sponsored by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Art Song Academy Prize
A scholarship to attend and participate in the next Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) International Art Song Academy, including flights, accommodation and master classes with internationally renowned accompanist Graham Johnson and other international guests. Sponsored by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Edith Cowan University, Perth.
David Harper Award
Ten lessons with internationally renowned vocal coach and accompanist, David Harper. Sponsored by David Harper.
Christine Leaves Award
Thirty hours of publicist consultation, business and promotional planning over a 12-month period. Sponsored by Christine Leaves.
Universal Music Australia Prize
A collection of classical CDs. Sponsored by Universal Music Australia.
Zoe James Prize
A posture and voice control body review for each Finalist. Sponsored by Zoe James.
Opera Australia Prize
Opportunity for all Finalists to attend rehearsals in Melbourne or Sydney, observing an opera throughout the stages of its production. Sponsored by Opera Australia.
Awarded at the Semi-Finals
AOAC Judith Ward Lieder Scholarship
Presented by the Australian Opera Awards Committee (AOAC), the winner will receive $5,000 cash and German-language coaching with Maestro Johannes Fritzsch.Only Australian residents are eligible for this Scholarship. Sponsored by the Australian Opera Awards Committee, Judith Ward and Johannes Fritzsch.
Ingrid Davidson Award
Use of an upright piano made by Richard Lipp of Stuttgart (German s/n 42056) for up to two years in the recipient's home. Only Sydney residents are eligible for this Award. Sponsored by Steve Davidson and Sheila McKechnie.
Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Prize
Presented by the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®). This opportunity is a place at the School from Saturday 21 November to Saturday 19 December, 2015. Fees are fully covered by the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and MOST®. The recipient will have to make his/her own travel and accommodation arrangements. Sponsored by the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and MOST®.
Lisa Gasteen National Opera School
Radzyminski Family Prize
French tuition at an Alliance Francaise Centre in the singer's city. Sponsored by Lucienne Radzyminski.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Award
25 hours of study in Italian at the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney. Sponsored by istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney.
Tinkler Encouragement Award
Awarded to a singer not selected as a Finalist. Sponsored by the Tinkler Trust.
Running Bare Prize
Package of sports clothing and accessories to each Semi-Finalist. Sponsored by Running Bare.
The recipients of any Scholarships and Prizes are reminded that the cash component is a form of income. Any enquiries regarding tax should be referred to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, an accountant or a registered tax consultant. The IFAC Australian Singing Competition and its administrator, Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®) act as co-ordinator of the above prizes and opportunities and cannot accept responsibility if any provider is unable to fulfill its obligations in any form. If the recipient of any Scholarship connected to funds elects not to proceed with that Scholarship, the associated funds must be forfeited and may be made available to another Finalist.
The IFAC ASC and MOST® take no responsibility for the acceptance of Scholarships that involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient who should check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.