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About Strike A Chord

Musica Viva is proud to present a new music competition, Strike A Chord.

Enter online before 27 August 2020.


Entries Open: 29 Jan, 2020
Entries Close: 27 August, 2020
Grand Final: 12 September, 2020


Please read the Rules and Regulations thoroughly before entering Strike A Chord.

  • 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
  • 50% of your group must be secondary school students aged 12 to 18 years old
  • 50% of your group may be primary school students aged 12 years or younger

Major Prizes   

A number of cash and development prizes will be awarded at various stages of the competition. See the full prize list here.

  • First Prize $5,000
  • Second Prize $4,000
  • Third Prize $2,500
  • Australian National Academy Of Music Prize: a week’s worth of coaching at the Australian National Academy of Music, including travel costs

How to enter

  1. Read the Rules and Regulations to ensure you meet and understand the competition requirements for entry
  2. Record your entry videos including your introduction and performance video
  3. Fill out the entry form and upload your entry videos by no later than 27 August 2020
  4. Entries will be judged and finalists will be selected and notified in September
  5. Finalists will be invited to participate via live stream in the Grand Final on 12 September 
  6. Learn more and enter online here.

Rounds and finalists

  • First Round - ensembles submit a video recording of their performance and introduction video online
  • Final Round - 12 groups, from at least six states/territories, will be selected to participate online in the Grand Final

Teachers' Conference Weekend

5 & 6 September 2020

The Strike A Chord Teachers' Conference is designed to complement Strike a Chord by building capacity in the teaching of chamber music at secondary school level. A dynamic combination of panel discussions, online workshops and open coaching sessions will be on offer to teachers at all levels of experience, working with students of varying skill levels. The conference will take place online, register online here.


Wilma Smith is the Artistic Director of the Competition. Wilma was founding First Violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (prizewinners at Evian, Banff and Portsmouth International String Quartet Competitions and winners of the Naumburg Award) and the New Zealand String Quartet. Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for twelve years and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for nine years, Wilma Smith now focuses on chamber music and teaching. She is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra, working with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta.


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

For any other enquiries please send us an email: [email protected]