Music Bursaries & Scholarships

Newington College offers general and specific Music scholarships and bursaries.

Music Bursaries & Scholarships

With orchestras, ensembles, bands and vocal programs across classical, jazz and contemporary genres, music students at Newington College enjoy a program that develops both individual and group talents.  

More about the Newington College music program 

General music scholarships and bursaries 

Music bursaries or scholarships are available to boys who, in addition to performing well in the bursary and scholarship selection examination, show evidence of outstanding musical achievement or show potential in one of five areas: 

  1. Strings 
  2. Choral 
  3. Brass/Woodwind 
  4. Organ 
  5. Contemporary Music 

Who is eligible for a general music scholarship or bursary? 

General music scholarships are available to boys entering Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11. 

Due to strong demand for these music bursaries and scholarships, there is usually a minimum standard required. This may change according to the instrument. The current broad recommendations for a minimum standard are: 

Year 7: Minimum AMEB Grade 4
Note: AMEB is only used as a guide

Year 9 and 11: AMEB Grade 6 (Year 9 Entry) AMEB Grade 7 (Year 11 Entry)
Note: AMEB is only used as a guide

When to apply 

Applications for music scholarships for 2020 open in November 2018 and close on 5 February 2019. 

Details about the application process are below. 

How to apply 

All boys applying for music scholarships and bursaries must sit the Newington College scholarships and bursaries examination, and fulfil any additional audition and/or aural testing requirements.  

Click here for more information about the application process

What do general music scholarships and bursaries cover? 

In addition to the full or part-remission of academic tuition fees, music bursaries and scholarships may include music tuition subsidies for an individual instrument.  

How are the recipients of general music scholarships and bursaries decided? 

Applicants must perform well in the bursary and scholarship selection test link and anchor to test on application process page, and will then be assessed through the following: 

  • Boys will undertake individual aural tests; 
  • Boys auditioning for choral bursaries and scholarships will be asked to perform two contrasting songs, and 
  • Those auditioning for instrumental bursaries and scholarships must perform two contrasting works on their chosen instrument and sing a song of their choice.

Applicants must fulfil the practical elements listed below.

Joan Meats Pipe Organ Scholarship or Bursary 

Who is eligible? 

The Joan Meats Pipe Organ Scholarship or Bursary is open to boys entering Years 7, 9 and 11 and is awarded every third year. 

Applicants must show evidence of outstanding musical achievement or potential on the pipe organ. Consideration may be given to those who show exceptional ability on the piano and wish to move into playing the pipe organ. 

When to apply 

The Joan Meats Pipe Organ Bursary is awarded every three years. Applications for the 2020 bursary open in November 2018 and close on 5 February 2019. 

What does the Joan Meats Pipe Organ Bursary cover? 

In addition to the full or part-remission of academic tuition fees, the Joan Meats Pipe Organ Bursary may include music tuition subsidies for organ studies. 

How to apply 

All boys applying for music scholarships and bursaries must sit the Newington College scholarships and bursaries examination, and fulfil any additional audition and/or aural testing requirements.  

Click here for more information about the application process

How is the Joan Meats Pipe Organ Scholarship or Bursary decided? 

First consideration will be given to boys who, in addition to performing well in the bursary and scholarship selection examination, show evidence of outstanding musical achievement or potential on the pipe organ. Consideration may also be given from time to time to those who show exceptional ability on the piano and wish to move into playing a pipe organ.

Boys must audition for this scholarship or bursary and should perform at least two contrasting works.  

Applicants must fulfil the practical elements listed below.

More information about the Joan Meats Pipe Organ Scholarship or Bursary 

Practical elements for short-listed candidates

These guidelines apply to all short-listed general music and Joan Meats Pipe Organ scholarships or bursary applicants.

  • At auditions boys undertake individual aural tests; 
  • Boys auditioning for choral bursaries and scholarships are asked to perform two contrasting songs, and 
  • Those auditioning for instrumental bursaries and scholarships perform two contrasting works on their chosen instrument and sing a song of their choice. 

Robert Walter Storr ON 1938 Music Bursary 

The Robert Walter Storr Music Bursary was established in the early 1990s following a substantial bequest received from the estate of the Late Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938). It will be next awarded in 2021. Applications for this bursary will open in November 2019. 

Who is eligible? 

The Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938) Bursary is available to boys entering Year 10 or Year 11 who are residents of Indonesia, Malaysia or Singapore. The bursary is awarded to a boy of exceptional musical ability.  

Bursary applicants should possess a reasonable fluency in English and be of sound academic ability. The successful applicant will have above-average musical ability in either choral or instrumental disciplines and will be strongly motivated to extend those skills by participating in Newington’s music program.  

Priority will be given to the families of applicants whose financial means would not otherwise enable them to attend Newington College.  

What does the Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938) Music Bursary cover? 

The Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938) Music Bursary covers: 

  • All normal tuition and boarding fees at Newington College, musicianship lessons for one instrument and instrumental tuition fees for one instrument; 
  • Expenses associated with compulsory school excursions; 
  • Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate Diploma charges; 
  • Overseas student health cover, and 
  • One economy return airfare from and to the boy’s home country each year 

Continuation of the bursary is conditional upon the applicant achieving satisfactory standards and acceptable outcomes during each of the two years the bursary is awarded. 

The bursary is means tested. 

How to apply for the Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938) Bursary 

Applications for the Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938) Bursary cannot be made using the standard Bursary Application form. The Robert Walter Storr (ON 1938) Bursary Application form should be requested from the Admissions Department. Click here to request an application from the Admissions Department.