Festival of Choral Music - application form

Applications close Friday 2 December, 2022

Please note the 2023 Festival of Choral Music requires an audition video for your selection in the festival.

Performance dates

  • Argyle concert - Monday 14 August 2023, 7:00 pm
  • Australis concert - Tuesday 15 August 2023, 7:00 pm 
  • Bennelong concert - Monday 18 September 2023, 7:00 pm 
  • Endeavour concert - Tuesday 19 September 2023, 7:00 pm

Performance venue

  • Sydney Opera House


Preliminary rehearsals at the Salvation Army Congress Hall - mandatory (metropolitan schools only)

  • Argyle rehearsal: Monday 24 July 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Australis rehearsal: Tuesday 25 July 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Bennelong rehearsal: Wednesday 26 July 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Endeavour rehearsal: Thursday 27 July 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Cluster rehearsals - mandatory (non-metropolitan schools only)

  • Non-metropolitan schools must host or attend a 4-hour cluster rehearsal with other nearby participating schools during Term 2 or 3 (if COVID-safe guidelines allow), as negotiated with Ian Jefferson.


      • Participation fee of $37.00 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.
      • In the event of a COVID-19 related withdrawal from the festival performance, schools will be refunded 50% of the participation fee paid.


        For further information contact concerts.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au.


        School details

        It is mandatory that a school be selected from the school list to be used for principal approval and as a cost centre.
        Contact teacher name
        Please enter a valid mobile number in the following format: 04xx xxx xxx
        Will there be any other teacher who will be supervising the group at either a rehearsal or performance?
        If yes, you will need to provide the contact details for any additional supervisory teacher attending.
        Additional teacher name
        Please enter a valid mobile number in the following format: 04xx xxx xxx
        Principal name
        Please indicate your previous involvement in the FOCM.

        Choir entry details

        A maximum of 36 students is allowed. Selected choirs will be split evenly between sopranos and altos (only Stage 2 and/or Stage 3 students).
        While choir applications are for a maximum of 36 students, please indicate here if you have extra students you wish to be considered (no more than 10 extras).
        Please give full details of any student with additional learning needs in your choir, and how we may be able to assist them to participate in the festival in an inclusive manner.

        Concert availability

        Indicate your preference of concerts from 1 to 4.
        • If you are equally available for several dates mark each of them as 1.
        • If your choir is unavailable for a concert select No.
        • Improve your chance of selection by nominating as many available dates as possible.
        Concert → Preference
        Argyle Concert - 14 August 2023
        Australis Concert - 15 August 2023
        Bennelong Concert - 18 September 2023
        Endeavour Concert - 19 September 2023
        For example, if you wish to be linked to another school to share travel costs please indicate above.

        Audition video upload

        Please copy and paste the URL for your Youtube audition.If you have an issue please email concerts.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au.

        Principal endorsement