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New Zealand Guitar Quartet – Cooma Concert Friday 26th June

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Last year's winners of the Cooma Music Competition

Last year’s winners of the Cooma Music Competition


Burnum Brademann won the 2014 Narrawong Classical Guitar Award

Burnum Brademann won the 2014 Narrawong Classical Guitar Award

Cooma Music Competition 2015, this web  now in its tenth year, more about will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music, human enhancement all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Heats will comence at 12 noon on Sunday 21 June

A timetable of Heats and Competitors will be sent to all the participants before the day.

The winners of the heats will then be invited to perform in a Finals Concert that will then be held on the same day in the evening starting at 7pm. Time allowing, specially invited guests (non- competitors) will also be invited to perform in the Finals Concert.


Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW 2630


Performers for this concert will be drawn from the winners of the heats as well as invited guest performers.

The major sections will be:

  1. Solo (unaccompanied or accompanied). Solos may be accompanied by a pianist or a guitarist, or other musician or CD backing track. Performers may organize their own accompanist or a piano accompanist will available at the hall if required. (However, please indicate on your entry form if you will need to be provided with an accompanist). CD backing tracks (“Play-along”) will be accepted by prior arrangement.
  2. Small Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination up to and including 6 players.
  3. Large Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination over 6 players.
  4. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  5. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  6. Original Composition – A Song or Instrumental Item-(any style)

Each major section will be subdivided into 3 age groups:

  1. Primary-primary school aged
  2. Secondary-secondary school aged
  3. Open

If there are not enough competitors in the younger age groups, younger players may be invited to compete in an older age group.

The Solos section will also be divided into types of instrument if possible.

Julia Bottom performs at Cooma Music Competition 2014

Julia Bottom performs at Cooma Music Competition 2014

These instrumental sub-categories will be:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Modern Guitar (Steel string, acoustic or electric)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass)
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Miscellaneous (any musical instruments not listed above. For example, harmonica, bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, harp, etc)
  • Original Composition (A song or instrumental item)

If there are not enough competitors in any of the heats , performers may be invited to compete in a heat of another instrumental sub-category.

All competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners of their heats will receive awards.

We will be happy to accept donations and assistance from businesses and individuals to make this competition possible.

We welcome any comments or advice that may help make this competition an exciting and useful event.


  • Narrawong Classical Guitar Award - Trophy & $200 cash
  • Peter de Jager Piano Prize - Trophy & $200 cash
  • Ron Cox Music Award _Vocal - Trophy & $100 cash
  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council Award – Certificate & $100 cash
  • Frank Scott Music Award _Woodwind, Brass or Drums   - Trophy & $50 cash
  • Russell & Jackie Fox Music Award  - Trophy & $50 cash
  • P D Murphy Strings Award_Violin, Viola,  Cello or Double Bass –  Trophy & $50 cash
  • The People’s Choice Award - Trophy & $100 cash
Cooma Music Competition Awards

Cooma Music Competition Awards


New Zealand Guitar Quartet

New Zealand Guitar Quartet


New Zealand Guitar Quartet to tour Australia

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ) will travel to Australia for their very first time this June/July. In a series of concerts, medications
this exciting guitar quartet plays a diverse range of music from much loved composers like Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov to the Spanish and Latin masters. Not confined to the traditional repertoire, the NZGQ have inspired many new works from young composers and actively look for new engaging music to play.

NZGQ were invited to play in Australia by the Sydney Guitar Trio, who heard them play live at the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School in New Zealand last year. The trio’s enthusiasm to bring them to Australia stemmed from the technical proficiency NZGQ displayed in bringing their music to life. The ANU School of Music, National Capital Orchestra, Cooma School of Music and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music have also extended their support to bring the NZGQ to Australians around NSW/ACT.

The NZGQ will be performing at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall in Cooma on Friday 26th June at 7.30pm with tickets available at the door. More information on the NZGQ can be found at www.nzguitarquartet.com or contact John Couch at kiwiguitarist@yahoo.com. Bookings and further regarding the concert, contact Cooma School of Music on (02) 6452 6067


  • Adults: $25
  • Concessions: $20
  • Students: $10