Festival of Instrumental Music - Combined strings ensemble application form

Applications close Friday 2 December 2022.

Performance dates

  • Acacia Concert - Tuesday 13 June 2023, 7 pm
  • Banksia Concert - Wednesday 14 June 2023, 7 pm 
  • Jacaranda Concert - Thursday 15 June 2023, 7 pm
  • Mimosa Concert - Friday 16 June 2023, 7 pm

Performance venue

  • Sydney Opera House


String preliminary rehearsals at Meadowbank Public School - mandatory (metropolitan schools only)

  • Acacia rehearsal - Monday 15 May 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Banksia rehearsal - Tuesday 16 May 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Jacaranda rehearsal - Wednesday 17 May 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm 
  • Mimosa rehearsal - Thursday 18 May 2023, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

      Cluster rehearsals (non-metropolitan schools only)

      • Non-metropolitan schools are strongly encouraged to host or attend a 4-hour cluster rehearsal with other nearby participating schools (if possible) during Term 2, as negotiated with Susan Sukkar and Luke Wallace.​​​


      • Participation fee of $37.00 per student will be payable upon acceptance into the program. 
      • A rural and remote subsidy of $27.75 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 FOIM.

      String ensemble entry details

      • Please indicate the number of students entering for each of the following instruments.
      • The total number should not exceed 20 students per school. A quota will be applied.
      Please give full details of any student with additional learning needs in your string ensemble, 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 string ensemble is unavailable for a concert select No.
      • Improve your chance of selection by nominating as many available dates as possible.
      Concert → Preference
      Acacia Concert - Tuesday 13 June 2023
      Banksia Concert - Wednesday 14 June 2023
      Jacaranda Concert - Thursday 15 June 2023
      Mimosa Concert - Friday 16 June 2023
      For example, if you wish to be linked to another school to share travel costs please indicate above.

      Principal endorsement