Friends Ensemble Prize

The Friends of the School of Music established its ensemble prizes to promote ensemble playing in the tertiary student cohort, in all musical genres taught at the ANU School of Music.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories for each Prize:

  • the Friends Chamber Music Prize (First Prize $1,000, People's Choice $500); and
  • the Friends Jazz and Contemporary Music Prize (First Prize $1,000, People's Choice $500).




To be eligible for the prizes, each ensemble must include at least one member who is a current tertiary ANU School of Music student. All other members of eligible ensembles must be current students of the ANU School of Music or the Open School of Music.

Ensembles may include duos provided there is no piano accompaniment involved; works for two pianos and/or four hands will be counted as ensembles rather than accompaniment.

Students are permitted to appear in more than one ensemble.

How to apply

Please read the Friends Ensemble Prize Conditions of Award [100 KB PDF]. To enter, email by Friday 11 May 2018, providing your name and ID number, ensemble members and instruments, and the category you are entering. Only one entry is required per ensemble, and a primary contact (a School of Music student) is to be listed. You will also need to provide names of pieces performed, composer and date as well as a stage plan featuring equipment, where people will be standing etc and any instructions for change over between ensembles and pieces for the performance. Competitors will be judged according to the School of Music’s ensemble performance assessment rubric. It is recommended entrants get in touch with John Mackey for advice on how to make the most of your performance.


Tickets to the Friends Ensemble Prize are Adult $10, Student $5 and for School of Music students and staff free. Purchase tickets via the 'Register now' button in this event listing.

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Updated:  27 April 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications