The Open Academy Rising Stars program provides specialist tuition and support for gifted young musicians. The programme identifies talent in people of a young age and provides them with an academic musical framework to help them reach their full potential. Supported by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music faculty, the program is based on principles of quality teaching and sensitive professional direction. Many students go on to win prestigious scholarships and competitions, becoming the leading professional musicians of their generation.
The program runs for 13 weeks per semester for 2 semesters each year and focuses on three essential elements:
1. Individual instrumental lessons
Rising Stars students receive individual, expert tuition from a dedicated member of Conservatorium staff in weekly, 60 minute instrumental lessons in the studios at the Conservatorium. Tuition is available on the following instruments.
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Classical Guitar, Harp
Woodwind: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Horn, Tuba
Students are also permitted to use the Conservatorium’s many practice rooms for their private practice time.
Rising Stars students present weekly Performance Platform concerts during the semester. Students are encouraged to perform in these concerts as often as both the student and their teacher feel they are ready to do so. Students are supported and accompanied by professional associate artists. The concerts, which are free and open to the public, are held on Saturdays at 11am and 4pm in the Conservatorium’s state of the art venues. The concerts provide students with invaluable experience in rehearsal techniques, pre-performance procedure and stage presentation.
Aside from performing, students are part of the ‘behind the scenes’ concert activity, learning about concert procedure, etiquette and stage management. All Rising Stars students are expected to attend the concerts each week not only for inspiration but also to broaden their knowledge of all instrumental repertoire.
Each week the Rising Stars students perform in concerts held in the Sydney Conservatorium’s state of the art facilities at 11am and 4pm. The concerts are open to the public and are free to attend, and young children are particularly welcome. We encourage anyone interested in applying to audition for the program to attend.
For concert dates please visit our What's On.
Rising Stars Sudents: Download a performance request form from the ‘Forms’ tab on this website.
3. Music skills
All students in the program attend a weekly Music Skills class on Saturday mornings. Working together in small groups with the Conservatorium’s highly experienced teachers they study music theory, music history, aural, sight singing and musical analysis. These areas are essential in providing a sound background for all musicians and are vital preparation for advanced musical study and a successful musical future. Advanced students attend the Advanced Seminar classes which are presented by professional musicians and musicologists.
|Semester 1, 2013||Semester 2, 2013|
|Feb 23||Jul 27|
|Mar 2, 9, 16, 23||Aug 3, 10, 17, 24 (No classes 31 Aug)|
|No classes in Apr||Sep 7, 14|
|May 4, 11, 18, 25||Oct 12, 19, 26|
|Jun 1, 8, 15, 22||Nov 2, 9, 16|
Chamber Music Elective
This elective course gives a limited number of students the opportunity to form small ensembles (usually trios or quartets) to gain important experience of collaborating with other talented musicians. They receive tuition on the specifics of performing as part of a small ensemble. There are 10 Chamber Music classes in each semester.
This elective course gives a limited number of students the opportunity to study composition at a more detailed level. In small classes, students will be introduced to a range of approaches to composition through discussion, listening and score study, basic analysis and working on their own projects. Practical topics such as notation and working with performers will also be incorporated, depending on the students’ interests. There are 10 composition classes each semester.
The fee for the Rising Stars program in 2013 will be $2,310.00 (incl. GST) per semester (2 semesters per year). This includes:
- 13 – 1 hour instrumental lessons,
- 13 – 50 minute Music Skills classes,
- rehearsal workshops and concert performances.
The fee for the Chamber Music Elective and Composition Elective in 2013 will be $560.00 (incl. GST) per semester. This includes 10 one-hour tutorials.
Scholarships and Bursaries
A very limited number of Scholarships and Bursaries are available.
Scholarships are awarded based on merit i.e. the highest performing students based on the exam/audition results. All students are automatically assessed for Scholarship and no application is required.
Bursaries are means tested based on family income and are designed to assist families who might not otherwise be able to afford the program. They are also awarded for one year (subject to satisfactory performance). Parents are required to apply for a bursary using the application form.
Scholarships and Bursaries are only assessed for the February intake. There are no scholarship or bursary assesments made for the July intake.
Rising Stars students are able to use the Conservatorium many practice rooms for private practice. Students are also able to join the Conservatorium Library and access the thousands of scores and recordings. They also are able to access free or discounted tickets to Sydney Conservatorium of Music concerts.
How to apply
Entry to the programme is by audition only. There are two intakes per year. Auditions are held in November/December for our February intake and in May/June for our August intake. Students who have been playing their instrument for at least 2 years are welcome to apply.
Dates for the May/June auditions have now been announced for Strings, Piano, Woodwind and Brass. For more information please ring us on 9351 1207.
This session is for Rising Stars woodwind auditions only.
Instruments welcome to apply are: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Your audition will fall between 3:30 and 6pm on Wednesday 5th June 2013. An audition timeslot will be allocated to you. You will be notified of your timeslot by Friday 31st May 2013.
Applications will close on Monday 27th May 2013.