2020 OSA Season

Please complete the below form by November 2019 if you wish to re-apply for a position in the 2020 program.


2019 OSA Season


To accept your place in the 2019 OSA Season, please complete the following forms by 5pm on Friday 22nd February 2019:

  • 2019 OSA Season Acceptance Form

  • 2019 Full Scholarship Application Form (if applicable)

  • 2019 Financial Hardship Bursary Application Form (if applicable)

  • N/A Approval Form (if applicable)

  • Repertoire List


Please note: 1st year OSA Scholars are not eligible for an OSA Full Scholarship.

Scholarship and Financial Hardship applications will not be considered if received after 5pm on Friday 22nd February 2019.

Should you be required to miss a rehearsal or concert, all absences must be communicated via the below N/A Approval Form. This includes inability to attend rehearsals due to illness.

Please find the 2019 Calendar, sheet music and season documents via the below button

Scholar profiles: Please complete the below questionnaire to be included in social media profiles.

Should you wish to withdraw your involvement in the 2019 OSA Season, please complete the below form.

2019 Season Information


Introductory Solos – Tuesday 26 March, Tuesday 2 April, Tuesday 9 April & Tuesday 16 April 2019

Every scholar will sing an Aria or Art Song in front of the 2019 Scholar cohort, OSA Directors and OSA Music Director creating the opportunity to hear the different voices and assist with planning for upcoming concerts. You will be notified to the order of the introductory solos 2 weeks before the start of the scholar year.

Weekend Workshop – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019

This workshop will occur at the end of the First Block rehearsal period. It will include performance preparation sessions featuring solos, small ensembles and full operatic choruses, movement sessions and masterclasses from leading performers.

Private Coaching sessions with Yvonne Kenny AM – TBC 2019

This is a unique opportunity to gain knowledge from one of the world’s greatest sopranos. The benefits for a scholar to work with Yvonne Kenny in both September and January (Beechworth Summer School) are invaluable. Yvonne Kenny is an artistic patron of Opera Scholars Australia.

·        55 minute session. Cost - $140
·        2 pieces of repertoire required – accompanist will be provided
·        Limited sessions available. All Scholars are notified when bookings become available.

OSA Aria Sunday 22 September, 2019

The OSA Aria concert is a high point in the Scholar Calendar. This concert will be held at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Finalists are chosen to perform solos, as well as featuring the full ensemble. Eight scholars will perform as semi-finalists for the Opera Scholar of the Year competition, and three will go on to compete as finalists at Opera in the Alps, Beechworth. See below for further details about this part of the program.


Sunday 7 July – Sunday 14 July, 2019, Beechworth

All Scholars travel to Beechworth for a week long residential Opera Summer School. During the week each scholar will receive two coaching sessions, with internationally renowned soprano Tiffany Speight and highly esteemed baritone,John Bolton Wood OA . Two pieces of repertoire will need to be prepared and may include art song, oratorio or operatic aria. Throughout the week, Scholars will have the opportunity to perform at Voices in the Twilight, observe coachings, participate in ensemble sessions, performance workshops, dance, acting sessions and well being exercise sessions. Additional known repertoire should also be brought to the Summer School.

Introductory Solos at Winter School – Monday 15 July, 2019 - Beechworth

This is an opportunity for the OSA Summer School vocal coaches and repetiteurs to hear each participant at the commencement of the Summer School. Scholars perform for the full group.

Voices in the Twilight Concert Saturday 13 July, 2019 – Beechworth

All scholars will participate in the ensemble items of this twilight concert. Some scholars will be chosen to sing solos/duets/trios.

Opera in the Market – Monday 17 February, 2020 – Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

All scholars will perform in the main chorus at Opera in the Market with Opera Scholars Australia featuring as an ensemble for one or two items as well as a pre-concert appearance at the Operetta Lounge for Patrons and Sponsors. All scholars will be required to attend three preceding Sunday rehearsals prior to Opera in the Market and one all day Saturday call on 8 February, 2020.

Opera in the Alps – Saturday 14 March, 2020 – Beechworth

All OSA members will perform in the main chorus at Opera in the Alps and feature as an ensemble for one or two items. Scholars may also perform in an ensemble in the pre-concert dining event.

It is a requirement that Scholars participate in the full season which means the last performance commitment is Opera in the Alps, 2020.


Corporate functions and recital programs during the year 

At times OSA is asked to put forward Scholars to perform at private performances throughout the year. Various Scholars are approached depending on what voice type has been requested, availability and other considerations. For some of these performances, scholars will receive a fee to cover expenses.

At the discretion of the OSA Directors selected scholars may also be chosen to sing solo items at the summer events.


The full fee scholarship for the Opera Scholars Australia program is $6,000 per year. Every successful participant receives a majority funded place in the program. Full scholarships may be available in your second year of the Program covering 100% of the fee. To be eligible for a full scholarship you must complete the Full Scholarship application form.

Financial hardship – if you need support due to financial hardship please refer to the application form above. Set criteria will need to be met to establish eligibility.


Performance Preparation Sessions are held on Tuesday nights and Opera in the Alps/Opera in the Market rehearsals are held on Sundays closer to the Summer events. Additional Mentor sessions will also be scheduled through the season with industry professionals.

Areas covered in Performance Preparation Sessions:

  • Solo performance feedback

  • Repertoire learning

  • Ensemble learning

  • Stage choreography

  • Peer/peer feedback


The winner of Opera Scholar of the Year will be awarded the Betty Amsden AO Scholarship, a cash prize of $5,000. The scholarship recipient will also perform his/her winning aria at Opera in the Alps on Saturday 14 March, 2020, as the Opera Scholar of the Year.

How is the Opera Scholar of the Year chosen?

Up to eight semi-finalists are selected to perform and up to five finalists will then be nominated. The Directors will monitor the progress and performances of the finalists during the OSA season. They will then compete for Opera Scholar of the Year. The winner is chosen by a panel consisting of an adjudicator, OSA Music Director and the OSA Directors.

Consideration will be given to:
1.     Vocal quality and potential
2.    Musicianship (style, phrasing, vocal technique, pitch and note accuracy etc)
3.    Response to masterclass instruction
4.    Development regarding interpretation, presentation and performance
6.    Quality of rehearsal and performance at Opera in the Alps.
7.     Punctuality at all preparation sessions and performances

More details about the Scholar of the Year will be announced at the start of the 2019 season. 



This online platform will be used to transfer sheet music documents, calendar of events, event running sheets and descriptions and relevant forms throughout the 2019 season. These documents will not be distributed via email communication. You will be sent a dropbox link with your letter of offer email.


Most communication is administered through Facebook. Please advise us, should you not have a Facebook account or if during the season you deactivate your account so we are sure to keep you informed. You will be invited to join a private OSA Season 2019 facebook group in March 2019.


Should you be late or absent from a rehearsal please complete the online N/A form accessible through the above form which will be sent to you at the start of the season.

N.B. Should a scholar be unable to fulfill attendance and punctuality requirements, a review of their participation within the program will be undertaken by the OSA Directors and their position may be reevaluated


OSA will arrange for our photographer to take your photo and provide you with a professional headshot, for a fee of $50, that will be used throughout the OSA season at various performances and can also be used for your own purposes. 


The Scholar Committee is an opportunity for a representative group of Scholars to meet with the Directors to discuss the program, give ideas and scholar feed-back. It will consist of up to 6 members, including the Scholar of the Year, the trainee conductor and a mix of seasoned and new Scholars. The committee meets approx. every eight weeks.
N.B. All Scholars will be given the opportunity to apply to be selected to be on the Committ