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OSSA Musical Performance Prize

Established in 2018 and named after Tasmania’s highest mountain peak, the OSSA Musical Performance Prize is generously provided by an anonymous alumnus of the University of Tasmania.

The Prize supports a Graduate or an Undergraduate student (and/or an ensemble) in pursuing excellence in musicianship and performance, and underwrites a state-wide performance tour, with a special focus on the North and North West and East Coast regions.

Prize value is $2,500, plus additional financial support for costs associated with the state wide tour.


While the preference will be on classical music, all styles of music will be eligible for selection. Applicants must be enrolled in a full‐time course (minimum 37.5%) at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania.

The Prize will be awarded to the best individual/applicant, however the individual performer may be accompanied by piano, or by no more than two additional players (3 performers in total).

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the application form (PDF 75KB); and
  2. Email your completed application with introduction, statement, proposed repertoire, touring plan and CV to by midnight Sunday, 28 April 2019.


Further information regarding the application process can be obtained from

Selection process

The selection process will consist of three rounds, with the third round being a public performance. The recipient will be the student or ensemble who satisfies the panel as the one most ready and prepared for the experience.

First Round

Written applications will be shortlisted, taking into consideration the quality of the application which includes:

  1. An introduction briefly describing you or your ensemble's most significant musical achievements to date and how the OSSA Prize money would be used if successful;
  2. A proposed touring program, including your suggested repertoire, and a statement (no more than 300 words) on why you think this would engage Tasmanian audiences; and
  3. A short CV

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to perform in the Second Round.

Second Round

Closed performances will be held between Friday, 17 May 2019 12.00-2.30pm, at the Conservatorium Recital Hall, and will consist of:

  1. Performance of two (2) contrasting pieces of music, lasting no longer than 20 minutes total;
  2. Short interview conducted by the audition panel regarding your proposed ideas for the concert tour.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to perform in the Third Round.

Third Round

The final round public performance will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, 7 June 2019 at the Conservatorium Recital Hall.

The performance will consist of a program of no more than 20 minutes of your choice of music.

The prize will be awarded at the end of the evening.

Expectations of the successful recipient

The successful recipient(s) will play a series of concerts on a State-wide tour with a special focus on the North and North West and East Coast regions.

The successful recipient(s) will be expected to be a good ambassador for the Conservatorium and University of Tasmania at all times (before, during and after the tour), and:

  1. Keep a travel diary and document their experiences;
  2. Submit a report of their trip detailing the experiences and how they have benefited from the opportunity;
  3. Within three months of returning, perform a recital at the Conservatorium of Music as part of the Conservatorium’s Friday lunchtime series.