Join us for the 2nd edition of Strike A Chord in 2021!

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About Strike A Chord

Key Dates

Entries Open: 1 February 2021
Entries Close: 13 May 2021
Finalists announced: 4 June 2021
Grand Final:14 & 15 August 2021

Strike A Chord Teachers' Conference: 14 & 15 August 2021


  • 3 to 8 performers per group 
  • One player per part, no conductor or adult accompanist
  • Any combination of instruments and/or voice
  • All performers must be enrolled in a full-time Australian school program (or home-school equivalent)
  • Students do not need to be from the same school

Major Prizes   

A number of cash and development prizes will be awarded at various stages of the competition. More to be announced soon!

  • First Prize $5,000
  • Second Prize $4,000
  • Third Prize $2,500



Wilma Smith is Musica Viva’s Artistic Director of Competitions, Second Violinist of the Flinders Quartet, curator/violinist/violist of Wilma & Friends, Guest Concertmaster of orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand, a regular player with the Australian World Orchestra and a committed teacher.

Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, Wilma studied in the US with the legendary Dorothy DeLay. She was founding first violinist of the Lydian Quartet, winners of the Naumburg Award and prizes at Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions. She worked regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Invited by Chamber Music New Zealand to return home to establish the New Zealand String Quartet, Wilma was first violinist until her appointment as concertmaster of the NZSO and then the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Since retiring from the MSO, Wilma has prioritised her chamber music roots, enjoying old and new collaborations in the US and New Zealand as well as Australia. With her old friend, Victoria Jones, she is Co-Artistic Director of the annual Martinborough Music Festival.

Wilma plays a 1761 Guadagnini violin and occasionally a fine Chinese viola.


Presenting a competition of the size and scale of Strike A Chord is only possible with the support of our partners featured below. 

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