CANCELLED: Margaret Smiles Associate Musician Prize for Pianists 2022

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The performance and presentation of awards will no longer take place on the evening of Thursday 25 August 2022.

The Margaret Smiles Associate Musician Prize for Pianists encourages the art of professional musical collaboration at the ANU School of Music. This annual award is in memory of Margaret Smiles, honouring her dedication and contribution to Canberra's musical life, in particular the School of Music Community Choir, now known as the Llewellyn Choir. Margaret worked with the choir for many years, sharing her love and joy for music with its members. She is remembered for her passion, focus and commitment to nurturing singers, revelling in the vast-ranging repertoire of the choir.

Margaret was an accomplished pianist, studying piano with Ken Hastings, Alan Jenkins and then John Luxton at the School of Music. She coached and played with many of Canberra's leading performers and students in a wide range of concerts. The Margaret Smiles Associate Musician Prize for Pianists, encouraging the next generation of musicians, is a fitting tribute to her memory.

The Llewellyn Choir (TLC) is pleased to continue its support of the Margaret Smiles Prize, in memory of Margaret, TLC's first accompanist. One of Canberra's leading and longest-running choral groups, TLC enjoys a collaborative association with the ANU School of Music, offering extension opportunities to SoM students. TLC performs 3-4 times a year. New members are welcome.


  • Pianists must be enrolled in a program leading to the award of a degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Pianists must perform for 12 minutes with either an instrumentalist or a singer
  • Pianists may perform both one or more movements of a duo, or one or more standards, with an instrumentalist, and/or up to 4 songs with a singer, for no more than 12 minutes overall
  • To be eligible for the Llewellyn Choir prizes, students must be enrolled in a program leading towards a Bachelor degree in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Applications open: Monday 1 August 2022

We encourage jazz and contemporary pianists to enter! All musicians must be unamplified.

Please read the attached Conditions of Award before applying.


  • $2,000 Margaret Smiles Prize
  • $500 Llewellyn Choir Prize for Most Outstanding Instrumentalist
  • $500 Llewellyn Choir Prize for Most Outstanding Vocalist

Academic Contact: Dr Scott Davie –

* Note: this Prize used to be known as the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize. It has changed in line with industry and pedagogical practices.

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