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School of Music Percussion Prize

This scholarship will open in August 2022.

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Enrolment status
Current UQ student
Student type
Domestic, International
Study level
Undergraduate, Honours
Study area
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Scholarship focus
Creative excellence
Scholarship value
Scholarship duration
Number awarded
Applications open
August 2022
Applications close
September 2022


You're eligible if you're:

  • enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (Honours) or a dual program that includes the Bachelor of Music (Honours)
  • available to perform in percussion at the annual competition (dates TBA).

How to apply

Download and complete the application form.

You'll need:

  • an outline of the work you will perform
  • a short bio.

What happens next

We'll email you to let you know when we've received your application. If you don't receive an email within 2 days of applying, email us at

If you’re considered eligible, we’ll contact you with further details about the competition.


Competition rules:

  • Heats: max 10 mins duration.
  • Finals: max 20 mins duration.
  • No more than 6 candidates to proceed from heats to finals in each competition.
  • Competitors to organise and self-fund any rehearsals with pianist prior to heats and final if required.
  • Winner (automatic) and runner up (by invitation) in each competition to perform in prize winner concert.
  • The finals of the prize will be adjudicated by a panel that will include a representative from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Percussion section.
  • Presentations should be no longer than 10 or less than 8 minutes duration.
  • The repertoire must include a snare drum based work (can include other instruments), a 2-mallet work and a 4-mallet work. The mallet works can be for xylophone, vibraphone or marimba.
  • Large instrumentation should be avoided for the snare drum based work if multi-percussion piece(s) are chosen. Minimizing setup time between applicants is important.
  • No more than 5 minutes will be allocated for set-up preparations between applicants.
  • Selected works can be movements from larger works or a series of shorter works to make up the time requirement. The program should be balanced across the performance areas That is, each work should be of a similar standard and time allocation across the performance areas. For example, a 7-minute 4-mallet marimba work would not be appropriate. Approximately 3 minutes of repertoire for each performance area is expected.