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Bettine McCaughan Scholarship 2019


This is the official entry form of the Bettine McCaughan Memorial Scholarship (BMS). 

The recipient will receive an award scholarship of $5,000*.

In Bettine’s own words, this scholarship is to be awarded to ‘the most deserving student’ to be spent in 'the pursuit of excellence' of classical voice.

The scholarship is open to any Australian resident 26 and under as of 13 June 2019.

"Bettine McCaughan OAM became one of the most sought-after teachers of singing in Melbourne and nationally. Her success was obvious. She trained six Sun Aria winners: Jonathan Summers, Carole McKenzie, John Fulford, Kathleen Connell, Frank Fabris and Rosemary Boyle. A multitude of singers who are singing professionally around the world today, and many others who have begun singing and music teaching careers, regard Bettine McCaughan as their inspiration and mentor. Bettine also taught at the Melba Conservatorium and her relationship with its director, Joan Arnold AM, continued to be a life-long friendship. Bettine and Joan were closely involved in establishing the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS) which flourishes today. Bettine became a life member of the Lieder Society of Victoria and adjudicated singing competitions all over Australia. She was a compassionate person and supported many charitable organisations. Although Bettine's passing has marked the end of a fabulous era, her melody continues to linger."

Eulogy for Bettine by David Ashton-Smith, 2016.


Selection Process Stage 1:

  • Video recording (DVD, USB drive or streaming video) showing the performance of one aria (from opera or oratorio) and one Art Song/Lied by the applicant; the two items must be in different languages. Please provide a video of reasonably high quality with real piano/orchestral accompaniment
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining previous musical/vocal training and experience
  • Written statement of approx. 500 words outlining how the scholarship money would be spent
  • Applications must be received by 1 August 2019
  • Selected finalists will perform on 17 August in Melbourne. Applicants must be available in the afternoon and evening on this date for a rehearsal and performance in the final concert. Exact times to be advised.
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome of Stage 1 by 5 August
  • For 2019 the adjudicators are David Ashton-Smith, Carole McKenzie, Wendy Todd
  • The applicant must not have had personal teaching contact with a member of the adjudication panel for a minimum period of six months prior to the competition.

 Selection Process Stage 2:

  • A live singing competition in the form of a public concert to be held at 7.30 pm on 17 August 2019 at St Peter's Anglican Church, Box Hill, 1030 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128.
  • Finalists must present three items: the two pieces from Stage 1 and one other contrasting item from the classical voice repertoire. There is no prescribed number of finalists.
  • The winner of the scholarship will be announced on the night of the competition.

Previous winners: 2018 Michelle McCarthy

* funded by the Bettine McCaughan Scholarship Trust.

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The entry fee for the scholarship is $30

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St Peter's Anglican Church
1030 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128

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