Festival of Choral Music

Applications for the 2021 Festival of Choral Music are NOW OPEN.


Applications close MONDAY 3 MAY.

The NSW Department of Education will present 5 choral concerts in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall.  Stage 3 and/or Stage 2 choirs capable of singing in 2 parts will form part of a combined choir of 450 students.


The 2021 repertoire includes songs carefully selected from a variety of genres including traditional, folk and musical theatre, arranged for unison and 2-part singing. Included are compositions and arrangements by Australian composers. 

2021 FOCM concert dates at the Sydney Town Hall 

  • Argyle Concert: Monday 18 October 2021 7:00 pm singers in the opera house
  • Australis Concert: Tuesday 19 October 2021 7:00 pm 
  • Barangaroo Concert: Wednesday 20 October 2021 7:00 pm 
  • Bennelong Concert: Thursday 21 October 2021 7:00 pm 
  • Endeavour Concert: Friday 22 October 2021 7:00 pm 

Please be aware that the continuation of the Festival of Choral Music in 2021 will be contingent on advice provided by the Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health and can change at short notice.

Link to Department of Education latest information on DoE COVID-19 restrictions


Participation fee of $30.00 per student will be payable upon acceptance into the program.  

A rural and remote subsidy of 25% will be offered to all students attending from rural and remote schools as identified by the Department.

Professional learning and resources

Access a range of online repertoire resources (password - digihub)

Watch the FOCM teachers professional development webinar as presented in March 2021.


Festival of Choral Music (metropolitan) preliminary rehearsals at the Salvation Army Congress Hall 

  • Argyle rehearsal: Monday 13 September 2021 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Australis rehearsal: Monday 13 September 2021 9:30 am to 1:00 pm or Tuesday 14 September 2021 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Barangaroo rehearsal: Tuesday 14 September 2021 9:30 am to 1:00 pm  
  • Bennelong rehearsal: Wednesday 15 September 2021 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Endeavour rehearsal: Thursday 16 September 2021    9:30 am to 1:00 pm 

Non-metropolitan schools must attend a cluster rehearsal during Term 3, as negotiated with Ian Jefferson.

Instrumental and vocal items 

There are limited opportunities for outstanding music groups or soloists to perform in the music festivals in 2021. The item(s) may be vocal or instrumental - e.g. a soloist, small instrumental ensemble or vocal group. Applications will close on Friday 11 June.

For further information concerning the 2021 Festival of Choral Music please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit - email concerts.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au