Music Competition

3 June – 8 June 2024

Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

Music Categories:

  • Piano
  • Electone
  • Vocal
  • Strings
  • Recorder
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Contemporary Guitar
  • Instrumental Ensembles
  • Original Composition
  • Orchestra
  • Band
  • Choral

Special Awards:

The following special awards are available for the 2024 Hamilton Eisteddfod Music Competition.

Neil Robinson Memorial Trophy & Prize

One trophy and award of $250, for a choir or vocal student only.
Donated by The Hamilton Singers and The Hamilton Eisteddfod Committee

Music Tuition Award

Two awards of $300 each, for music tuition only.
Donated by Hamilton Community Music Program

Tosca Brown’s VCE Voice Perfect Pitch Award

One award of $360, for a VCE Voice student only.
Donated by Tosca Brown’s

Vocal Solo Award: 16 Years and Under

One award of $150, for a vocal student of 16 years and under only.
Donated by Dan Tehan MP

Woodwind Encouragement Award

One award of $250, for a woodwind student only.
Donated by Michael and Caroline Woodward

Primary School Vocal Encouragement Award

One award of $250, for a primary vocal student only.
Donated by Hamilton Uniting Church Argyle Shop

Choral Aggregate Awards

Primary School Choral Aggregate Trophy
Woodward Primary School Choral Aggregate Trophy
Secondary School Choral Aggregate Trophy

Hamilton Eisteddfod photo
Hamilton Eisteddfod photo
Hamilton Eisteddfod photo
Hamilton Eisteddfod photo
Hamilton Eisteddfod photo

2024 Music Adjudicator:

Janette Cook

Janette is a leading music educator, with a professional career spanning over fifty years. She made her first public performance at the then ‘Hamilton Competitions’ when she was a child. She went on to study piano with Ronald Farren-Price, violin with John Glickman and voice with Victoria Anderson at the University of Melbourne, where she completed a Bachelor of Music and a postgraduate degree in Educational Studies.

Janette has been extensively involved in music performance assessment, and has adjudicated at competitions and eisteddfods. She has headed dynamic music departments in schools and held positions at the University of Melbourne. Janette has formed, lead and conducted music groups including Como Camerata Chamber Music, Port Fairy Messiah, Warrnambool Ladies Choir, Surrey Hills Chamber Orchestra and ‘Bach Tour of Discovery’ to Germany.

Of late, Janette has devoted her time to private teaching, always aiming to share the joy of music making with every student.

Janette Cook
Official Accompanist Dean Sky Lucas

2024 Official Accompanist:

Dean Sky Lucas

Dean was the Open Music Scholar at Guildford Grammar School, Perth, where he trained on organ and piano. He graduated from the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, NSW.

Following 15 years in Melbourne, Dean has recently completed 7 years’ employment in New Zealand, six of them in the position of Lecturer and Head of Collaborative Piano at the University of Auckland. In 2018 Dean was the Music Director for Gertrude Opera’s inaugural Yarra Valley Opera Festival, preparing and performing the Australian premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Elixir of Love, Cosi fan Tutte and The Tale of 2 Divas to critical acclaim.