Sydney Organ Competition
The Organ Music Society of Sydney regrets to advise that due to the resurgence of the COVID 19 pandemic, particularly in NSW, all sections of the 2021 Sydney Organ Competition have been cancelled. The Preliminary, Junior, Intermediate and Open sections will not be held either as live events or online.
The decision has been taken reluctantly after receiving feedback from teachers and students, but with the conviction that it would be impossible to conduct the Competition on an equitable basis given the varying access of entrants to practice instruments.
All Competition entrants who have already enrolled will be contacted individually.
The Organ Music Society will put its energies into delivering a bigger and better Competition in 2022.
Conditions of Entry -
The Competition is administered by the Committee of the Organ Music Society of Sydney Incorporated. The Committee reserves the right to amend the Conditions of Entry as it deems necessary.
The order of performance will be decided by the Committee.
Copies of all music must be made available to the Committee at the time of the warm-
A competitor may not enter if they have been a student of the adjudicator of the section they are entering since 1st January 2021.
Any malfunction of the competition organ believed by the competitor to occur during the Competition must be reported at that time to the Committee.
The Committee on the advice of the adjudicator reserves the right not to award any or all prizes.
The decision of the adjudicator is final.
The use of cameras, mobile phones, video cameras or any other audio/video recording device during the competition is prohibited due to copyright and privacy regulations This incorporates WWC guidelines.
The competitor gives permission for OMSS to use photographs and recordings for Society promotion including journal articles. If the entrant does NOT agree, it is the entrant’s responsibility to notify OMSS in writing with their application.
Any instructions given by the Committee must be strictly observed.
Rehearsal and warm-
* Preliminary: Thirty minutes and a warm-
* Juniors: One hour and a warm-
* Intermediate: Two hours and a warm-
Generally, rehearsals are organised through competitors’ teachers, as teachers with more than one competitor usually prefer to have competitors scheduled together. It is the competitor and teacher’s responsibility to ensure that the time allocated for rehearsal is not exceeded. In the case of competitors having no teacher present, the Committee will allocate a person to be present.
In the weeks that rehearsals are scheduled, competitors may not rehearse on the organ at any other than their allocated time. Under no circumstances should a competitor during or before this period contact the school or church authorities in order to gain access to the organ. The only exception is if a competitor already practises on the organ. Competitors are requested to bring this situation to the attention of the Committee on entry to the Competition.
It is the responsibility of the competitor to organise a console assistant if required and to rehearse with them. The teacher of the competitor may assist in the Preliminary Section only. Adjudicators do not take any assistance into account when determining prizes in the Preliminary and Junior Sections.
While it is accepted international practice to use a console assistant, the adjudicators will assess the extent to which excessive assistance has advantaged the competitor over other performers in the Intermediate Section.
Any competitor unable to bring his/her own console assistant must request one to be arranged by the Committee on the Application Form. It will not be possible to arrange a console assistant at another time.
A competitor whose performance exceeds the time limit will be disqualified. The competitor will not be eligible for any prizes and will only receive the adjudicator’s report.
Competitors need to check their playing time more than once to exclude the possibility of exceeding the playing time limit. In past years, the Committee has had to make difficult decisions knowing how much effort has gone into preparation and with the knowledge of how distressing it can be for the competitor who might otherwise have received a prize.
Payment of Prizes
Prize winners will be asked to provide their banking details so that their prize money can be transferred into their account. Payment will only be made by direct deposit.
How to Apply
1. Complete the Application Form
2. Pay the Entry Fee here:
Please note this fee is in AUD and is non-
Please submit your entry and payment no later than 30 August 2021
By making a payment, the Committee understands that you have agreed to abide by the Conditions of Entry as detailed herewith.
We suggest that you purchase your audience tickets at this time, here:
Please note that payment and all relevant information must be received by the 30 August 2021.
Please email a legible scan/photo of your Application to
Your application will be acknowledged by email by Wednesday 08 September 2021.
If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact Godelieve Ghavalas on 0404 837 363 as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions, please contact Godelieve Ghavalas (Competition Committee Chair) or 0404 837 363
Thank you for entering, and we wish you all the very best with the competition!