Pymble Ladies’ College offers a number of Performance Scholarships – Music providing full or part remission from academic tuition fees (excluding extras) to students entering Year 7. The awarding of scholarships is determined by portfolio submission, an audition, results in the scholarship examination and successful interview.

Before registering to sit the scholarship examination candidates should submit a portfolio which includes the required supporting documentation (see the form at the end of this page). This will be assessed by the scholarship panel who will then select candidates to audition.

Please note that the scholarship selection process is competitive and not all candidates who meet the basic criteria will be judged eligible for an audition or proceed to interview in order to be considered for a scholarship.

If your daughter is selected to audition you can then register her to sit the examination if you have not already done so. If your daughter is not selected for an audition and you are not applying for any other scholarships she is not required to sit the examination. We recommend waiting until after the Music Department has contacted you before you register for the exam. (See Criteria and Steps to Apply for further details).

The scholarship examination will be held at the College on Sunday 27 February 2022 (formally Sunday 29 August 2021). Music auditions will be held at the College on Saturday 19 February 2022.

Criteria and Steps to Apply

  • Candidates are to be in Year 5 and less than 12 years of age on 31 December of the examination year.
  • Successful candidates must commence in Year 7 2023 and will be expected to participate fully in the musical life of the College, including performing in appropriate musical ensembles.
  • Candidates portfolio must include a 300 to 500 word autobiographical essay indicating their special interests and the contribution they would make to the life of the College.
  • Successful candidates will be required to take Music as an elective subject.
  • The scholarship covers full or part remission of tuition fees (excluding extras) for six years. All other expenses are to be met at the full rate.
  • Supporting documentation must be submitted before Wednesday 10 November 2021. Portfolios will then be reviewed, and all candidates will be contacted on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November advising if their daughter has been selected to audition. Successful candidates should then register to sit the Academic Assessment Services examination on Sunday 27 February 2022, if they haven’t already done so. Please note registration to sit the exam closes on Friday 19 November 2021. (See Important Dates for further details).
  • If your daughter is only applying for the Performance Scholarship – Music you should wait until after you have been contacted by the Music Department before completing the registration and paying the registration fee to sit the exam.
  • Candidates must have completed the following AMEB Grades or equivalent:
    • AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent) or above for piano.
    • AMEB Grade 6 (or equivalent) or above for violin.
    • AMEB Grade 3 (or equivalent) or above for other string instruments, flute, clarinet and saxophone.
    • AMEB Grade 2 (or equivalent) or above for all other wind, brass and double bass instruments.
  • Scholarships will be reviewed on an annual basis and it is the College’s expectation that students maintain their high performance levels and represent the College as and when requested.
  • The College Council reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship from any scholarship holder.

Audition Preparation

Your daughter must be suitably prepared for audition. She can audition on one instrument only and will be required to play two contrasting pieces; each piece no more than five minutes in length. The audition will also include aural tests (intervals, rhythm, triads and pitch) appropriate for her grade (AMEB standard), sight reading and singing unaccompanied to a short song of her choice (appropriate examples would be Advance Australia Fair, or an English/Australian folk song or nursery rhyme).

Supporting Documentation

If your daughter is applying for a Year 7 2023 Performance Scholarship – Music she must submit a portfolio which should include the following:

Portfolios must be submitted online through the AAS registration system before Wednesday 10 November 2021 . Teacher’s reference should be emailed to separately.

Important Dates

  • Registration for 2023 Scholarships are now open.
  • Registration will close on Friday 19 November 2021 for candidates sitting the test remotely or at Pymble.
  • Portfolios must be submitted online before Wednesday 10 November 2021.
  • The examination will be held at the College on Sunday 27 February 2022. Candidates in remote regions or overseas can elect to sit the test remotely when they register.
  • Music auditions will be held at the College for selected candidates on Saturday 19 February 2022.