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.

Applications are currently closed.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be a current QCGU student
  • 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

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:


  • Experience: Playing in a liturgical setting
  • Career goals and aims: Potential to pursue a career as an organist
  • Scholarship benefit: 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

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.

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This scholarship is valued at approximately $10,000 pa, to be paid in two instalments, after census date each trimester, and includes one-on-one weekly tuition during the trimester 0and supervision of the recipient whilst playing services, by the organist from St John's Cathedral.

Payments are made within six weeks after the Census Date subject to maintaining ongoing eligibility requirements.

Sponsor details

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.

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

Applications, including Referee Reports and any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.