2022 Claringbould Vocal Scholarship

Claringbould Vocal Scholarship

One 12-month Claringbould Vocal Scholarship will be awarded each year to complement the strong commitment the School holds for the performing arts, especially music.

This vocal scholarship provides specialised vocal tuition for one year only with Greta Claringbould, world-renowned Soprano, and Music Academy teacher and conductor.

The scholarship entitles the holder to one year of:

  • subsidised vocal tuition, on campus, with the Head of Choirs, Greta Claringbould
  • no levy charges for any Music Academy ensembles or classes for one year
  • free access to Masterclass and PL Series events for one year
  • mentoring with Dean of Music (or other senior music staff on negotiation)
  • personalised programs, guidance and performance opportunities
  • access to a range of initiatives and programs offered by the ANU School of Music
Candidates applying for the Claringbould Vocal Scholarship must:
  • already be enrolled at CGGS, entering Year 7 in 2021
  • demonstrate performance and interpretive skills, and stylistic awareness and expression
  • demonstrate vocal skills and control
  • reveal a passion for music and commitment to a range of music ensembles
  • demonstrate general knowledge and ability to contribute to the Music Academy at Canberra Girls Grammar School
  • have a positive outlook and collaborative manner with peers and teachers
Candidates who are awarded the Claringbould Vocal Scholarship are expected to:
  • participate in at least two corresponding Music Academy ensembles or classes – Chorale and Bella Voce Chapel Choir for two consecutive years
  • have passion and drive for all Music Academy activities and events
  • maintain a high level of expertise in music performance
  • act as a role model for younger musicians when and where possible, leading by example with motivation, enthusiasm, punctuality and attendance at all Music Academy rehearsals, concerts and events
  • uphold the aims and objectives of the Music Academy
  • develop skills in leadership and demonstrate the willingness to publicly represent the Music Academy both at school and in the community
  • attend and perform regularly in the lunchtime/evening Recital Series
  • attend term meetings with the Dean of Music (or other senior music staff on negotiation)
  • aid music staff with running of Music Academy concerts and events, including those of a social nature
  • encourage participation in the Music Academy throughout the School and broader community

Scholarship application requirements

Applicants will be required to:

  • complete the application form for the Claringbould Vocal Scholarship
  • provide copies of academic and school reports for the last two years from current school with evidence of exemplary standards of effort, progress, involvement and behaviour
  • provide evidence of classroom music experience and participation in co-curricular ensembles
  • attend an audition

Scholarship audition requirements


Applicants will be required to:

  • perform two contrasting pieces of vocal music.  Pieces should be no longer than 3 minutes in length
  • performance pieces should demonstrate applicants technical, interpretive and stylistic skills
  • sight reading


Applicants will be required to:

  • clap rhythms in simple and compound time
  • sing top, middle and bottom notes of chords
  • sing melody back

Applicants will be required to:
  • have basic knowledge of CGGS Music Academy ensembles, classes and staff
  • have passion for music evidenced through their performance/s and interview
  • demonstrate a commitment to a range of music ensembles
  • wear suitable concert dress or school uniform
  • an accompanist is recommended but not mandatory. Students should arrange their own accompanist for the audition

The school does not provide a report on the applicant’s performance in the scholarship examinations, auditions or interviews.

Please note: The decision to award a scholarship or bursary and the level of assistance granted is entirely at the discretion of the Principal. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the School and the School's decision is final.

Scholarships and bursaries will be reviewed annually according to the scholarship requirements.

The Vivien Gough Memorial Music Scholarship, Claringbould Vocal Scholarship and Organ Scholarship will be overseen by Mr Joel Copeland, the Dean of Music at CGGS (joel.copeland@cggs.act.edu.au)

Key dates

Applications dates for our 2022 Claringbould Vocal Scholarship will be advised. To register your expression of interest please complete this form.

If you have any questions:

Call or email our Admissions team.

T: 02 6202 6420
E: admissions@cggs.act.edu.au