State Music Camp - Orchestral Conducting

This award is for students in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music who have demonstrated a high standard of musicality and potential to develop further their conducting skills. The State Music Camp (SMC) fund this award to support a student enrolled at the University with a passion and interest in conducting. SMC invites the recipient of this annual award to attend the camp that is usually held in the first week of July (FOR 2020 ONLY, this award cannot be offered and will be held over to 2021). The recipient is invited to meet with the Committee about three weeks before the camp to discuss details of this opportunity. During the camp week the successful candidate will have the opportunity to be tutored by an experienced conductor and observe the four ensembles’ rehearsals, to learn the varying dynamics of conducting players of differing ages and experiences. Three weeks after the end of camp the awardee is encouraged to provide a 750-word reflection to be submitted to the Ormond Chair of Music and SMC. The reflection, for example, could outline the learnings and challenges experienced during the camp and mention progress made in the areas of music, personal development and academia. This reflection would serve as an acknowledgement of thanks to the State Music Camp.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $3,500

Applicable study areas


Number of scholarships awarded


  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be enrolled as an undergraduate student in Music (specialising in conducting) in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Selection criteria

    Nominations are made by the Head of discipline in consultation with academic staff. The Dean will approve the recipient.

  • Application process

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Recipients will be notified in Semester 1.

  • Variations of this scholarship

What are the benefits?

A single payment of approximately $3500. The recipient is required to conduct and provide tutoring at that year's annual State Music Camp, held at Scotch College in early July (except for 2020, when it will be held at another camp in the week of September 21-25, 2020 in Melbourne's northern suburbs). See the State Music Camp Conductor's Award Guidelines for recipient benefits and expectations.

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