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Established by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra percussionist Robert Cossom in 2004, the MSO Snare Drum Award is designed to encourage the pursuit of excellence in snare drum performance in Australia and New Zealand.

Open to undergraduate tertiary students from Australia and New Zealand, this award provides an exclusive opportunity for applicants to further develop audition skills and performance techniques in a professional environment.

The winner receives percussion equipment and the opportunity to undertake a one-year mentorship with the MSO.

2021 Snare Drum Award applications are now open!

This year we will be accepting first round auditions via video. From this, four applicants will be selected to take part in the Snare Drum Award Final, in Melbourne on Monday 7 June.

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, applicants must be currently studying percussion in Australia or New Zealand at an undergraduate level.

The test piece, one of your own choice pieces and one etude must be prepared and recorded for your audition.

Test Piece

Own Choice (choose one from the list below)
MAY LYON Phosphorus
ANDERS ÅSTRAND Swedish Sketches

Technical Study
Any etude from Douze Etudes pour Caisse Claire by Jacques Delecluse

Applications close 5pm Thursday 20 May. Following the submission of your application a member of the MSO team will contact you regarding the process for your video submission. Final video submissions are due 5pm Monday 24 May.

After this time, all applications will be advised whether they made it to the final. Interstate applicants may be eligible for financial support to assist with travel costs.

Once you have submitted your application further information will be provided regarding submitting your digital audition.

The MSO Snare Drum Award is supported by the Hon. Michael Watt QC & Cecilie Hall and anonymous donors.
Robert Cossom's position is supported by Dr Rhyl Wade and Dr Clem Gruen.

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