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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.

Our finalists will receive percussion equipment and the winner will also be awarded the opportunity to undertake a one-year mentorship with the MSO.

2021 Snare Drum Award

This year we have accepted applications via video. From these online submissions, Robert Cossom and fellow MSO Percussionist John Arcaro have selected four finalists.

Each of our four finalists has submitted a final round video, performing Joseph Tompkins' March and a work of their choosing. Scroll down to watch each finalist's video submission and reveal this year’s winner!

Watch the Snare Drum 2021 finalists

John Smith

Joseph Tompkins March
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Jane Doe

Joseph Tompkins March
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Joe Bloggs

Joseph Tompkins March
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Announcing our Snare Drum 2021 winner...

Winner: Sally Jones

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About Sally Jones

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Special thanks

Prizes for the Snare Drum Award finalists are courtesy of Mastro Drum, D’Addario, Just Percussion, and Zildjian.

The MSO thanks MSO Patrons Tim and Lyn Edward, and The Hon. Michael Watt QC and Cecilie Hall for their support of this program through the Jenny Morrish Bursary.

Robert Cossom is supported by Dr Rhyl Wade and Dr Clem Gruen, and John Arcaro is supported by Anonymous donors through the MSO’s Adopt a Musician program.

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