For: Students wanting to become an Organ Scholar, studying any QCGU program
Available to: Commencing students, Continuing students
Level of study: Undergraduate, Postgraduate
Citizenship: Australian citizens, Permanent residents or Permanent Humanitarian visa holders
Award value and benefits: Approximately $10,000 and one-on-one weekly tuition during the semester by the Organist from St John's Cathedral
Duration: Length of enrolment in the QCGU program
Programs of study: Any QCGU keyboard program
Applications close: Currently Closed (applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information)
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- be a current QCGU student; or
- be applying to QCGU for enrolment in either an undergraduate or postgraduate program via the normal university processes, and audition if required by the relevant program
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
these sections are mandatory for the assessment of this scholarship:
- Experience playing in a liturgical setting (Personal Statements- Experience)
- Potential to pursue a career as an organist: and (Personal Statements- Career Goals and Aims)
- How they will support their study- detail how the scholarship will be used to support their costs whilst in the role of the Organ Scholar (Personal Statements- Scholarship Benefit)
Decision to be based on experience, potential, and need.
The selection panel will comprise at least 3 of the following: The Director of QCGU (or their representative); one QCGU representative, the Dean of St John's Cathedral (or his representative), The Organist of St John's Cathedral.
References will be sought for the shortlist.
Terms and Conditions
Payment will be made after confirmation of:
- A satisfactory report from the organist at St John's Cathedral for the duration of the student's study at QCGU; and
- Enrolment in an undergraduate or postgraduate QCGU program
The FW & EG Harmer Memorial Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Queensland Conservatorium and St John's Cathedral have established this scholarship to support the recipient to train as an Organ Scholar at St John's Cathedral under the mentorship of the Organist of St John's Cathedral.
This scholarship is valued at approximately $10,000 pa, to be paid in two instalments, after census date each semester, and includes one-on-one weekly tuition during the semester and supervision of the recipient whilst playing services, by the organist from St John's Cathedral.
An Associate pf the Royal College of Organists, Andrej Kouznetsov graduated from Sydney Conservatorium having won several awards whilst holding the roles of Organ Scholar at the University of Sydney, and St James', King Street, where he was subsequently appointed Organist. He has been Organ Scholar and Director of the Cathedral Chamber Choir at Salisbury Cathedral, and Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey, where he regularly accompanied and conducted the Abbey's world-renowned choir, and took part in high-profile events. Andrej maintains a busy recital schedule internationally.
Detail on the history and specifications of the organ may be found at St John's Cathedral website.
The FW & EG Harmer Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 as a testamentary gift by the Riv. Father Wilfred Lancelot Harmer in memory of his parents to provide bursaries for students of Viola and students of classical pipe organ.
Wilfred Harmer was a priest in the Anglican Church and a gifted amateur musician. He spent his childhood in Warwick, studies piano at the Sydney Conservatorium and was ordained in Brisbane in 1929. As a priest, he worked in New South Wales, England and Tasmania, from 1940 until 1945 he was the Precentor of St David's Cathedral, Hobart. Since the end of the war he lived and worked in Queensland. He held parishes in Camp Hill, All Saint's, Brisbane and from 1969 to 1973 was Dean of Townsville. He then returned to Brisbane and lived in semi-retirement for some years. He died in 1992 at the age of 86.
As well as being a dedicated clergyman, he followed with interest the development of young musical talent in Queensland. Wilfred's father was a church organist and teacher of organ and piano, and his mother was a violist and teacher. They practiced their professions in various parts of Australia and for extensive periods in Queensland.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to:
- Provide references
- attend an interview and audition