St Margaret's Music

This is an exciting opportunity for young musicians to engage in the rich heritage of church music. St Margaret’s Music scholarships offer a way for young people to explore everything from Gregorian chant to Gospel songs, from traditional hymns to contemporary worship music. Our aim is to expose more young people to music which has contributed to shaping Western civilization, and to raise up the next generation of leaders. Young people who have had this involvement in music making go on to lead and develop the future of societies. To that end, St Margaret’s Music aims to gift the wider church and the world with young musicians trained and equipped to take leadership roles in the arts and wider community of Eltham and beyond.  

The Scholarships

In 2020 we are offering up to three scholarships for promising young performers in a range of instruments. While keyboard players (harpsichord piano etc) are preferred because of versatility, other instrumental players are welcome to apply: woodwind, strings, brass. The value of the scholarship will be half of the student’s instrumental lesson fees, payable on invoice from their instrumental music teacher, up to the value of $2000 per year. In return for this contribution, the scholarship recipient will be expected to commit to participating in church services one Sunday per month, (excluding January). The recipient will be expected to engage with and learn music to be performed as part of this monthly service. In addition to this, the recipient will be invited to perform at an annual concert raising funds to continue the scholarship programme. The scholarship will be for one calendar year. A review of progress will occur six monthly in July and December, on the basis of which a decision will be made whether to continue the scholarship for each recipient into the next year.  

What we’re looking for

  • A minimum 6th grade AMEB attainment in your instrument of choice (or equivalent)
  • The scholarship is open to school students up to and including Year 12.
  • A level of personal maturity in conduct.
  • Commitment to grow in your personal musical development.
  • Ensemble skills: willingness to grow in your ability to create music with others.
While some familiarity with Christian faith would be advantageous, it is not essential. Participation in this programme will include exposure to some teaching about faith relevant to the music chosen, in order to facilitate interpretation and understanding of the context in which the music will be performed.  

How to apply

Please fill out the Application Form below, and return to the Reverend Keren Terpstra (the Vicar) no later than 27th March 2020: vicar@stmargaretseltham.org.au. Scholarship Application St Margaret's Music 2020    

How to donate

All donations over $2 to St Margaret’s Music through the Melbourne Anglican Foundation are tax deductible, and can be made online: www.melbourneanglican.org.au/Foundation or on the form below: MACO St Margaret's Eltham Donation form (logo)