Scholarships

The MTA offer various scholarships on a regular basis to encourage performance experience and further study opportunities for aspiring young musicians and vocalists.

These scholarships are offered in a variety of instrumental and vocal fields and are not held every year.

Shirley Paton Memorial Scholarship 2021

Shirley Paton was an extraordinary pianist who achieved recognition early in her career and eventually became a performer for the ABC. As a young student, she won the 1937 Empire Scholarship that enabled her to study for three years at Trinity College London. The Shirley Paton Memorial Scholarship has been created in her memory.

The purpose of the scholarship is to further the career of a promising pianist and provide the means for a series of lessons that will enhance and advance the winner's chances of pursuing a concert career. The suggested minimum level for entry be Licentiate or equivalent.

This Scholarship is now closed.

Scholarships sponsored by the Newcastle Branch

Errol Collins Award for Violin and Viola - details here

MTA Newcastle Branch Piano Scholarship incorporating the Joyce Blewitt Award and the Nan Price Memorial Scholarship- details here

Wendy Ireland Award for Young Cellists
sponsored by the Newcastle Branch
- details here

Scholarships sponsored by the MTA of NSW

The Elizabeth Todd Lieder Prize in Memory of Geoffrey Parsons

The Elizabeth Todd Lieder Prize in Memory of Geoffrey Parsons is open to the singing students of both members and non-members of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Ltd. This Scholarship is due to be held in 2022.

The Margaret Chalmers Memorial Scholarship

The Margaret Chalmers Memorial Scholarship is to enable study in Australia or abroad, by a student of any instrument or voice. The Scholarship is established by means of a bequest to the Music Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Ltd by the late Margaret Chalmers. This Scholarship is due to be held in 2022.