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Yarra Valley Singers: Elizabeth Maile 2020 VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP

Thu May 9 2019



Yarra Valley Singers Inc. is an unauditioned community choir, presenting 4-5 major concerts a year as well as performances at Citizenship ceremonies and in aged care facilities. The range of music performed by the choir covers a broad spectrum: contemporary, popular, musical comedy, ballads and folk songs and also opera, classical and sacred choral music.


Phone: 0411 245 633
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Yarra Valley Singers Inc. is establishing an annual vocal scholarship in honour of the group’s founder, Elizabeth Maile. Elizabeth had boundless energy, love for the Yarra Valley Singers and love for life in general, and this scholarship is intended to carry her enthusiasm forward in memory of her contribution to the community.

The scholarship entitles the recipient to a contribution of $1,000 towards tuition fees for one year, paid to the recipient on meeting the “Conditions of Appointment” whilst making an active contribution to the choir and continuing their music studies. Payments will be made quarterly in arrears. Membership of Yarra Valley Singers is also included, currently valued at $320 for one year. The successful applicant will be expected to rehearse with the Yarra Valley Singers on Wednesday evenings and perform at Yarra Valley Singers concerts throughout the duration of the scholarship.


The scholarship is an encouragement award intended to assist a singer who wishes to pursue a career in singing, performing, teaching and/or conducting. Applicants must be 18 or over on January 1st 2020.

Closing date: Fri 18 October
Shortlist completed: Fri 8 November
Auditions: Saturday 23 November
Winner announced: Saturday 14 December

Please see our website for application form and further information.

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‘New Choral Composition Prize accepting entries’

 Bel a cappella’s inaugural Prize takes Australian music travelling

 Sydney chamber choir Bel a cappella will mark Music Director Anthony Pasquill’s 10 year anniversary with the choir with a tour to Russia and the Baltic in 2021. In early April they launched an initiative linked to the tour that promises to showcase new Australian music to the world.

The Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize will award 3 Australian composers $1500 each for original a cappella choral works for up to 8 voice parts.  

Each of the 3 winning works will have its world premiere in one of the cities in the 2021 tour (to be chosen by the awarded composer), including St Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallin and Riga. Their Australian premiere will be at the next concert Bel performs upon their return to Australia.

Pasquill believes that Australian choral music certainly has the capacity to match the depth and breadth of that being composed and performed in the traditional choral music countries of northern Europe and this Prize will give him and Bel a cappella the opportunity to demonstrate that.

Choir president Bruce Watson says, "When we launched our fundraising campaign for this Prize we were excited about creating an opportunity to bring new Australian choral music to the world. Now we also know we'll be supporting some local composers through this terrible time when so much work for musicians has vanished." 

Bel a cappella believes their Choral Composition Prize will make a big difference to composers in this difficult time for the Arts across the globe, providing both a sense of creative purpose and significant prize money to the three awarded composers.

Bel a cappella Choral Composition Prize

ELIGIBILITY: The Prize is open to any individual who is a permanent resident of Australia or Australian citizen. There is no age limit.



A panel of jurors will review entries and award the 3 Prizes on July 31, 2020

Information/ Web:

Contact: Pepe Newton | Publicity Officer |  | m 0412 548 703

See the attached flyer for more information. 



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