Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition 2021

⚠️ Important Updates to 2021 Whitworth Roach Classical Music Performance Competition

The 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 the School of Music and ANU calendar, the competition celebrates the talent and dedication of classical music students, typically through live performances. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions the competition this year will transform itself into an online event.

ANU students from across the campus remain 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

The Competition will be hosted via Zoom webinar with audience viewing and a people's choice poll.

For audience registration via Zoom webinar, click here.

Revised dates

Applications open: Friday 10 September
Applications close: Friday 1 October 2021
Last date to submit a video recording: Friday 1 October 2021
Online viewing of performances, People's Choice voting, awarding of prizes: Thursday 7 October


This year’s revised online competition celebrates the solo music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Students are invited to submit an unedited, unaccompanied performance of any solo work by JS Bach. Transcriptions for any classical musical instrument are welcome. Singers are invited to submit a recording of Gounod’s Ave Maria (set to JS Bach’s Prelude in C major from book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier*) or Stoezel’s Bist du bei mir (formerly attributed to JS Bach). While singers must also be unaccompanied, they are permitted to wear an ear-piece if they wish.

There is no minimum time limit, but recordings must not exceed 10 minutes.

* Singers please note, Gounod’s arrangement of the Bach Prelude contains 1 extra bar.

Standard Conditions of Award.

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Updated:  10 September 2021/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications