Are you a talented young singer, aged between 22 and 35? The Sydney University Graduate Choir is pleased to invited you to be part of this exciting and prestigious event.
Entries can be submitted online at the Joan Carden Award website, with audition recordings to be submitted by mail on CD. Entries close 1 May 2015.
The adjudicators for the 2015 competition will be Miss Joan Carden AO OBE, Mr Christopher Bowen OAM (Music Director of the Sydney University Graduate Choir), and Mr Anson Austin OAM.
In June, six semi-finalists will participate in a masterclass with Miss Carden, with three finalists being announced at the conclusion of that event.
The finals will take place as part of the SUGC subscription series concert, at the University of Sydney Great Hall on 16 August 2015. Finalists will perform two arias with orchestral accompaniment, after which the adjudicators will select the winner. The audience will also have an opportunity to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ prize.
The Award has a cash prize of $6,000 and the opportunity to perform as a soloist in one of the Choir’s forthcoming concerts.
As well as choosing a winner, the adjudicators have from time to time identified other young singers for encouragement and these competitors have also been engaged to sing solos with the Choir. They include Andrew Finden (baritone) in 2007, who sang in the Choir’s performance of Haydn’s The Creation in that year and is now a contracted principal with the important opera house in Karlsruhe, Germany; Amy Corkery (soprano) in 2012, who sang in the Choir’s performance of A German Requiem by Brahms in that year and is now much in demand as a soloist around Sydney; and Anna Dowsley (mezzo soprano), who was also singled out for encouragement in 2012, sang the mezzo solo in the Choir’s performance of the Verdi Requiem in 2013, and this year is singing the role of Siébel in Gounod’s Faust and will sing the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia, with whom she is a Young Artist.
For more information and to enter the Joan Carden Award 2015 visit the Joan Carden Award website.