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Snare Drum Award

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.

We’re pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Snare Drum Award for 2017. 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.

The winner will receive percussion equipment and the opportunity to undertake a one-year mentorship with the MSO. Interstate applicants may be eligible for financial assistance to assist with travel costs.

The Snare Drum Award will be held on Monday 17 July 2017 at Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre. Applicants will be required to audition during the day, following which four finalists will be selected to perform in the final public performance round at 6:30pm.

The 2017 MSO Snare Drum Award is proudly supported by Robert Cossom.

The test piece was commissioned by Lyn, Tim and Kris Edward and supported by Rhythmscape Publishers.

To apply, please click the link to the application form below.

Required Repertoire

Test piece:
Remembering KatrinaDarryl Pratt


One of the following pieces:
Clockwork LemonStuart Greenbaum
MashupBenjamin McDonald
Swedish SketchesAnders Åstrand


One of the following technical studies:
Number 19 or 20 or 21 or 22 from Method for Snare DrumJacques Delecluse


Orchestral Excerpts:
Provided by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on receipt of application. All other works are available directly from publishers.

If you have any questions regarding the Snare Drum Award or the free public performance, please contact Katharine Plows, Artistic Coordinator at

Applications close Friday 9 June 2017 at 5pm.

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