Hugh Brandon Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Scholarship value $6,000
Opening date 1 June 2021
Closing date 30 June 2021


The purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage and support undergraduate students undertaking studies at the School of Music at The University of Queensland in the areas of conducting, organ performance or piano performance.

In addition to the value of the scholarship, the School of Music will arrange for the recipient to undertake an apprenticeship or mentorship under a professional in a field aligning with the recipient. The recipient will be invited to deliver a public performance at the conclusion of their year holding the Scholarship.

The scholarship was established by contributions from colleagues, friends and former students in honour of Hugh Earle Brandon, BMus, LRAM, FTCL, AASA.  Hugh Brandon (1906-1984) was a staff member of the University of Queensland from 1945 to 1973. During that time, he was the inaugural Head of the Department of Music from 1955 to 1966, and Dean of the Faculty of Music in 1970. 

Hugh Earle Brandon,
inaugural Head of the
Department of Music,
1955 to 1966

Hugh was responsible for reviving the Queensland University Musical Society following the Second World War, and conducted that choir from 1950 until 1965, when he became patron. Hugh was the first recipient of the Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Queensland when he was awarded an honorary degree in 1970.

Over his long career Hugh Brandon worked tirelessly throughout Queensland for improved standards in music, and made a significant contribution to the musical life of Queensland through his work at the University, as an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (1941-1984), as Conductor of the Brisbane Bach Choir (1931-1946), and as Organist and Choirmaster at St Andrew’s Presbyterian (now Uniting) Church, Creek Street, Brisbane (1945-1978).

More information about Hugh is available in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and in Hugh Brandon: His Contribution to Musical Life in Brisbane by Lucille Schloss.

Following his retirement, friends and colleagues established the Hugh Brandon Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 1980 and most recently in 2015.


An applicant is eligible for the award of a scholarship in a year if, in that year:

  • the applicant is an undergraduate student enrolled in a major, extended major or field of study in Music at UQ; and
  • the scholarship is being offered.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

Please submit an online application by Wednesday 30 June.

Selection criteria

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria (in order of importance) -

(a) academic achievement in the areas of conducting, organ performance or piano performance; and

(b) a commitment to sharing music with the broader Brisbane community.

(c) The selection committee may decide to interview short-listed applicants.


School of Music
(07) 3365 4949


In these rules –

Approved Program means any undergraduate program (including honours program) administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, or a dual program that includes any undergraduate program administered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at The University of Queensland

Associate Dean means the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Satisfactory Academic Progress means meeting the requirements to remain enrolled in accordance with the University’s Academic Progression Procedure.

Relevant Field means a major, extended major or field of study in Music.

Scholarship means the Hugh Brandon Scholarship.