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Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition 2019

The annual Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Performance Competition is a chance for ANU students to win a share of $20,000 of generous prize money.
As a key event on School of Music calendar, the competition celebrates the talent and dedication of classical music students. Applicants have the opportunity to perform for internationally acclaimed musicians and a gathering of the wider community. ANU students from across the campus are eligible to enter this competition to win one of the following prizes.

  • First prize - $10,000
  • Second prize - $5,000
  • Third prize - $2,500
  • People’s choice prize - $ 2,500

Please read the Conditions of Award before submitting your application. 

Applications close: 4:00PM Friday, 6 September
Competition heats: 9:00-11:30AM Tuesday, 17 September (Larry Sitsky Recital Room)
Competition final: 6:00PM Thursday, 19 September

For audience registration, click here.

According to the number of entrants received in a particular year, a number of preliminary heats, where candidates would be asked to perform a selection of works drawn from their submitted programme, may be held. Performance time in the heats is 10 minutes. A maximum of four (4) performers will advance from the heats to the finals.The competition will be held over no longer than 5 days, with the final performances being held on the last day. 

Approved accompanists for the Whitworth-Roach Competition will be paid for a total of three hours rehearsal time, plus a total of one hour to cover performance in the heat and if required, the final. Students will pay the accompanist directly for any rehearsal time exceeding the three hours stipulated.


Entrants must submit proposed repertoire of historical classical music to perform in a solo public recital between 25 – 30 minutes in length.

For the purposes of this competition;

  a.  “historical classical music” will be defined as classical music composed between 1615 and 1915. ‘Solo’ means an unaccompanied instrumental or vocal work, which can involve a piano accompanist.

  b.  Applicants who wish to perform music composed outside the chronological range defined above can make written application to the Head of School at the time of entry to the competition.

  c.  If a work or works are deemed by the Head of School to be ineligible the applicant will be given an opportunity to present a revised programme. In all such cases the decision of the Head of School will be final.

Updated:  9 September 2019/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications