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.

All candidates for Year 7 2024 scholarships must sit the Academic Assessment Services (AAS) examination on Sunday 14 August 2022.

Before registering to sit the scholarship examination candidates should complete the Performance Scholarship – Music Application form and request a reference from their music teacher. The form including additional documents (portfolio) and reference 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.

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.
  • Candidates must first register for the Junior Academic Scholarship through Academic Assessment Services in order to register for the Performance- Music scholarship.
  • Candidates’ online registration 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 must commence in Year 7 2024 and will be expected to participate fully in the musical life of the College, including performing in appropriate musical ensembles.
  • Supporting documentation must be submitted before Wednesday 27 July 2022. Portfolios (Performance – Music Application Form and supporting documentation) along with music teacher’s references will then be reviewed, and all candidates will be contacted on Friday 29 July advising if their daughter has been selected to audition.
  • Successful candidates for audition should then complete their registration through Academic Assessment Services examination by Friday 5 August 2022, if they haven’t already done so.
  • If your daughter is only applying for the Performance Scholarship – Music (and not applying for a Junior Academic Scholarship) 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.
  • 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.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).

Important Dates

Registration for 2024 Performance Scholarship – Music open on Wednesday 27 April 2022.

Registration closes for Music supporting documentation Wednesday 27 July 2022.

Registration closes on Friday 5 August for those sitting the examination at the College. Candidates applying to sit the examination remotely, registrations close on Wednesday 29 July 2022.

The examination will be held at the College on Sunday 14 August 2022.

Music auditions will be held at the College on Saturday 20 August.