English Family Prize

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra with the support of our generous sponsor, presents The English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists.

With the opportunity for all applicants, who fulfil the criteria, to audition in the QSO Studio in front of a panel of exceptional musicians and prize money and a public performance opportunity available for 6 finalists, this is an amazing opportunity for Queensland music students. The overall winner performs with the QSO in the Secondary Showcase.


Open to students enrolled in a Queensland secondary school performing on an orchestral instrument (including saxophone) at a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 8. Audition pieces must be a movement from a standard concerto for soloist and orchestra with a time limit of no longer than 10 minutes.

Prize details

1st prize: $5000 and the opportunity to perform as a soloist with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the Secondary Showcase.
2nd prize: $3000
3rd prize: $2000
4th prize: $1000
5th and 6th prizes: $500 each

Prize money must be spent on continuing tuition or towards the purchase of an instrument.

How to enter

Extended due date to register to audition for the English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists is Friday 12 December.

The Auditions and Finalists Recital will be held in February 2015.

For more infromation phone our Education Liaison Officer on 3833 5035 or email info@qso.com.au with The English Family Prize in the subject line.  

The English Family Prize 2015 - Information (pdf 83.76 KB)The English Family Prize 2015 - Entry form (pdf 105.65 KB)