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Sydney Organ Competition

Welcome to the Sydney Organ Competition 2024

Monday 7 October

The Competition is administered by the Organ Music Society of Sydney.

Steering Committee: Lana Bailey, Sam Giddy, Robert Fox, Kurt Ison

The Sydney Organ Competition has been in existence since 1988.

The aim of our Competition is to foster a high standard of performance amongst young organ students so that they may gain experience in performing publicly and under pressure.  The Sydney Organ Competition encourages them to seek higher levels of excellence by competing. It also gives them an opportunity to meet their peers.

We are delighted to announce that the Open Section, held every second year, is to be held at the historic St James’ Church King Street, on the brand new Dobson organ, commissioned in July 2024. We are most grateful to St James for their support of this prestigious event.

For the first time the Intermediate Section will be divided between two venues, SCEGGS Darlinghurst with its neo-Baroque Letourneau organ, and St John’s Darlinghurst nearby, with its more eclectic Hill organ.  This will enable contestants to deliver a more authentic performance of the compulsory JS Bach component, while allowing for a more expansive specification at St John’s for the non-Bach component.

All members of the Society, friends and members of the public, are very welcome to attend all or either of the sections.

Please click on the links below for full details…

Open Section - under 35

St James’ Church, 173 King Street Sydney

Commencing at 7pm

Intermediate Section - eighteen years and under

SCEGGS Darlinghurst, 215 Forbes Street

Commencing at 2pm


St John’s Darlinghurst, 120 Darlinghurst Road

Junior Section - fifteen years and under

SCEGGS Darlinghurst, 215 Forbes Street

Commencing  at 10am