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.
We also run a Rising Stars Junior program which identifies budding talent in young people. After developing technically and musically in the Junior program, it is hoped that these students will later progress to the full (Senior) Rising Stars program where they will be ready for regular performance opportunities.
In 2014, the programs will run for 16 weeks per semester, for 2 semesters each year.
The Rising Stars program focuses on three essential elements:
1. Individual instrumental lessons
Rising Stars Senior and Junior 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, 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 Senior 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 2pm 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.
Students in the Rising Stars Junior program do not perform in the weekly Performance Platform concerts. At the end of each semester, they have the opportunity to perform in a Gala concert, accompanied by professional associate artists.
Each week the Rising Stars students perform in concerts held in the Sydney Conservatorium’s state of the art facilities at 11am and 2pm. 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 Students: Download a performance request form from the ‘Forms’ tab on this website.
3. Music skills
All students in the Senior and Junior programs 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.
Junior Rising Stars
For students not yet ready for the rigors of regular performance, the Rising Stars Junior Program provides the Individual Instrumental Lessons and the Music Skills Classes. The Junior Rising Stars students present a concert at the end of each semester.
|Semester 1, 2014||Semester 2, 2014|
|Feb 15, 22||Jul 19, 26|
|Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29||Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 (note: No class Aug 30 – University of Sydney Open Day)|
|Apr 5||Sep 6, 13|
|May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31||Oct 11, 18, 25|
|Jun 7, 14, 21||Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
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.
In 2014, the fee for the Rising Stars program will be $2,945.00 (incl. GST) per semester (2 semesters per year). This will include:
- 16 – 1 hour instrumental lessons,
- 16 – 50 minute Music Skills classes,
- rehearsal workshops and concert performances.
In 2014, the fees for the Rising Stars Junior program will be $2,610.00 (incl. GST) per semester (2 semesters per year). This will include:
- 16 – 1 hour instrumental lessons,
- 16 – 50 minute Music Skills classes,
- Gala concert performance at the end of each semester.
In 2014, the fee for the Chamber Music Elective and Composition Elective will be $615.00 (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). Applications close 30 November 2013 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 assessments 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.
Audition applications for Semester 1, 2014 have now closed. The next round of auditions will be held in May/June for commencement in Semester 2. Please join our mailing on the left of this screen list to receive information when applications open.
For more information and to go on our mailing list for updates, please ring us on 9351 1207.