Festival of Choral Music

The NSW Department of Education will present four choral concerts in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.  Schools must submit an audition application via YouTube of choirs of up to 36 students (Stage 2 and/or Stage 3 in 2018 only) capable of singing in two parts to be part of a 700 voice combined choir.  Successful schools are accepted for one performance only.

2018 Concert Dates at the Sydney Opera House

singers in the opera house

Argyle Concert: Monday 23 July, 7pm
Australis Concert: Monday 30 July, 7pm
Bennelong Concert: Sunday 23 September, 7pm
Endeavour Concert: Monday 24 September, 7pm

Applications for the 2018 Festival of Choral Music ARE NOW CLOSED

Combined Choir (maximum 36 students) 


$36 (+GST) per student*

One teacher from each accepted school MUST attend the Festival of Choral Music Teachers' Workshop at the Conservatorium of Music on Friday 16 February.  All NSW public schools will have access to comprehensive teacher professional learning. Teachers may opt to attend only the professional learning component of the program.

*As part of The Arts Unit's support of the Department of Education's Rural and Remote Education blueprint for action, we are excited to be able to offer a Participation Subsidy of $20 to students from rural and remote schools to attend the Festival of Choral Music. Please note: If interest exceeds available funds, allocation of the subsidy will be prioritised on remoteness. Subsidies will be confirmed with acceptance notification.

Video audition Tips

Information for uploading video audition to YouTube

2018 Festival of Choral Music (Metropolitan) Preliminary Rehearsals at the Salvation Army Congress Hall

Argyle Concert: Monday 25 June, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Australis Concert: Tuesday 26 June, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Bennelong Concert: Wednesday 27 June,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Endeavour Concert: Thursday 28 June, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

The 2018 Festival of Choral Music Information Book (PDF) will be available in February 2018. 

The 2018 Repertoire  

The 2018 repertoire includes 11 songs carefully selected from a variety of genres including traditional, folk and musical theatre arranged for unison and 2 part singing. 

Applications for the 2018 Festival of Choral Music ARE NOW CLOSED

Instrumental and Vocal Items for the Festival 

All primary and secondary schools are encouraged to submit outstanding music groups or soloists for inclusion in Music Festivals. The item(s) may be vocal or instrumental, small or large - e.g. a soloist, string quartet, concert band, percussion ensemble or vocal group. More information on how to apply.

For further information concerning the 2018 Festival of Choral Music please contact Ian Jefferson, Student Music Programs Officer (K-8) at The Arts Unit, on 8512 1181 or email concerts.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au