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Snare Drum Award

2020 Snare Drum Award applications are now closed for 2020.

In light of the impacts of COVID-19, finals will be broadcast online on 19 July at 3pm.

Established by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra percussionist Robert Cossom in 2004, the MSO Snare Drum Award is designed to encourage the pursuit of excellence in snare drum performance in Australia and New Zealand.

Open to undergraduate tertiary students from Australia and New Zealand, this award provides an exclusive opportunity for applicants to further develop audition and performance-based techniques in a professional environment.


Test Piece
Hey! – Matthew Hindson

Own Choice (choose one from the list below)
Phosphorus – May Lyon
Clockwork Lemon – Stuart Greenbaum
The Clocked Talked Loud – Robert Cossom
Number Three (For Ric) from Three Pieces for Snare Drum – Ian Cleworth

Technical Study
Any etude from Douze Etudes pour Caisse Claire – Jacques Delecluse

Orchestral Excerpts
Sheet music available here

Previous winners of the Snare Drum Award:

2004 Jenny Morrish
2005 Anna Webb
2006 Sophia Ang
2007 Anna Zeltzer
2008 Brent Miller
2009 Sumeet Singh
2010 Andrew Penrose
2011 Max Ziliotto
2012 Mathew Levy
2013 Samuel Butler
2014 Sam Rich
2015 Thomas von Einem
2016 Blake Roden
2017 Nathan Gatenby
2018 Lochlin Dormer
2019 Grace Kruger