Music Scholarships


Growing Our Musical Future

Update: Applications for the 2020 Music Scholarships are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in due course. 

Penrith Conservatorium, housed at The Joan, has enriched the lives of the local community for 30 years through its passion for excellence in music education and performance.

The Conservatorium has an ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing local talent through scholarships which are offered through an application and competitive audition process. These scholarships recognise talent and future potential and offer pathways for people to pursue a professional career in music. Scholarships are open to all instruments, however in 2020 the Conservatorium particularly encourages students of WOODWIND, BRASS and ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION.

The Conservatorium team of over 25 tutors have outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers, offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard. Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves, whilst many others enjoy the pleasure and excitement music brings into their everyday lives. Scholarships are offered to enrich individuals’ musical experience and development, as well as to offer pathways into a career as a professional musician.

The Conservatorium is offers multiple sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

The Conservatorium thanks its current sponsors and partners who enable us to offer scholarships:

Penrith City Council, Berger Piepers, Ars Musica Australis, Jim Aitken + Partners, and Joan Sutherland Foundation

To apply: 

Download the information kit



Applications open Wednesday 18 September 2019
Applications close Sunday 24 November 2019
Auditions will be held at The Joan on Tuesday 17 December 2019 (From 3.30pm)

  • Scholarships are awarded either as FULL or HALF at the Penrith Conservatorium in 2020.
  • You do not have to be an existing student of the Conservatorium to apply.
  • You do need to be a resident of the Greater Western Sydney.
  • You need to have acquired at least Grade 4 in your instrument and be 22 years of age or under (vocal students; 25 years or under) in 2020 to apply.
  • There is a $15 non-refundable application fee.
  • An audition timetable will be sent by email by Tuesday 3 December 2019.


  • Richard Bonynge Scholarship
  • Berger Piepers Emerging Talent Scholarship – Open to students aged 12 – 18
  • Penrith City Council Mayoral Scholarship – Open to Penrith LGA residents
  • Malcolm Borland full Scholarship – Piano Only


  • Penrith Conservatorium Scholarships
  • Penrith City Council Regional Talent Scholarship – Open to Penrith LGA residents

Our Sponsors

Thank you also to our current sponsors who are proud to make it possible to offer an opportunity not otherwise possible to a diverse, talented young people.


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