The Frank Hutchens Scholarship for Composition

Posted on: 29 April 2014

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Scholarship is Chrisopher Pantelidis a student at Newcasle Conservatorium, with his orchestral work


Frank Hutchens OBE [1892 to 1965] was a well-known and respected composer, teacher and performer. He taught at the [then] NSW Conservatorium of Music becoming Professor of Piano in 1915 a post he held for half a century, as well as being a member of the advisory board. He was a President of the MTA [1934-1935] and an AMEB and Trinity College London examiner.

Under the terms of his will, Frank Hutchens bequeathed two student scholarships, one of which, The Frank Hutchens Scholarship for Composition will be administered by the MTA and be available in 2014.

  • The scholarship is worth $4000 as a cash prize as well as $1000 for lessons with an approved composition tutor, who is not a staff member of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Age range is 17 to 25 years as at lst July 2014.
  • The entrant must be a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate tertiary student, an Australian citizen and resident in NSW
  • The entrant must not have previously entered the composition for another competition
  • The winner must not have previously won the Frank Hutchens Scholarship for Composition.
  • The winner will be announced by 7th September
  • The winner may be required to receive the Award at the Conference: Sounding Australia to be held on 3rd and 4th October. Exact date and time to be confirmed.
  • The winning entry will have the opportunity to be published by Wirripang under a new publishing scheme “Wirripang New Composition” (details at http://www.australiancomposers.com.au/about.html )

This award is funded by a grant from the Hutchens-Evans Trust, which is managed by ANZ Trustees.

Download the Entry Form & Information

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