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Townsville, Queensland.
29 July to 07 August 2022
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The AFCM offers two exciting programs for emerging musicians, at both secondary and tertiary levels.

AFCM Winterschool Program

The AFCM Winterschool program is a truly amazing opportunity for young musical students around the world to gain invaluable coaching and development from some of Australia's finest chamber musicians. Our goal is to inspire, influence and educate musical students at both tertiary and secondary levels.

The Festival offers two coaching programs available, based on student age.

Advanced Winterschool 

The Advanced Winterschool is held in Townsville during the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and is an unforgettable experience for emerging musicians. Students will gain access to some of Australia's leading artists for lessons, masterclasses, mentoring and concerts. Advanced/tertiary level ensembles are invited to apply. A warm welcome in sunny seaside Townsville is assured, as are first-rate concert experiences and coaching at an expert level. Affordable, educational and potentially life-changing.

Loyd van’t Hoff – Winterschool Director

Lauded by Limelight Magazine for his “life-affirming music-making”, Lloyd Van’t Hoff enjoys a career as a vibrant young clarinettist, chamber musician, collaborator and educator. Having been crowned the 2015 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, Lloyd regularly performs as a concerto soloist and tutti player with many of Australia’s symphony orchestras and as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals and venues around Australia and the globe. 

Student Fees: $399 per student

Program includes:

  • 9-day coaching and development program 29 July - 6 August 2022
  • Private and public masterclasses with leading musicians
  • Performances in front of Festival and local audiences including participation in the ‘Advanced Concert’
  • Networking opportunities with Festival Artists
  • Private ensemble coaching from the Winterschool Director
  • Entry to selected Festival concerts held at the Townsville Civic Theatre 
  • Complimentary AFCM Program and Welcome Pack
  • Entry to all AFCM Festival Concerts held at the Townsville Civic Theatre
  • Airport Transfers and Transport between your Hotel and Coaching Session Venues / Masterclasses

Accepted student ensembles are responsible for their own airfares to/from Townsville, accommodation throughout the program, and general expenses including meals & refreshments.

Applications for 2022 are CLOSED. Check back for more information on 2023 applications soon!

AFCM is pleased to be collaborating with Monash University on the AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL DISCOVERY PROJECT - Signature Pedagogies in Creative Collaboration: Lessons for and from music.

If you have attended Australian Festival of Chamber Music Winterschool, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Toronto Summer Music Festival or International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove they would love to hear about your experience and the impact this has had on your career.  Click here for more information.

Winterschool Outreach Program

The AFCM Winterschool Outreach program provides an extraordinary opportunity for an emerging ensemble to give concerts and create a profile throughout the festival. Through a series of workshops and performances at local secondary schools and theatres in the region, and led by Winterschool Director Lloyd van’t Hoff, the Outreach Program will feature 2021 Masterclass Alumni, the Amiti Quartet.

AFCM Winterschool Outreach Program Dates & Venues


Saturday, July 23, 2022, 6:00pm - World Theatre, Charters Towers / Adult $20; Conc $15; Student $15; Child $12

Sunday, July 24, 2022, 4:30pm - Tyto Amphitheatre, Ingham (Hinchinbrook); Free Event

Monday, July 25, 2022, 5:30pm - Central Plaza, James Cook University, Townsville / Free Event

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 7:00pm - Burdekin Theatre, Ayr / Free Event


Monday, July 25, 2022, 10:10am & 1:10pm - Ayr State High School

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 10:35am - St Patrick's College Auditorium

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 2:00pm - Cathedral School

Thursday, July 28, 2022, 10:30am - Pimlico High School

Friday, 29th July,  2022, 3:30pm - Townsville Grammar School


Wednesday 2 August 2022, 6:00pm - Umbrella Studio, 408 Flinders St, Townsville QLD 4810

Theodore Kuchar Scholarship

The recipient of the 2021 Theodore Kuchar Scholarship is...


In November 2021, Townsville Grammar School student Aimee Segal was announced as the 2021 Winner of the Theodor Kuchar Scholarship for Excellence in Music.

“I am incredibly grateful that this scholarship will help further my studies in music with the hope of one day becoming a professional musician.

“These funds will give me the opportunity to attend some specialist woodwind and bassoon courses in Brisbane, as well as allowing me to have some face-to-face lessons with my tutor. These funds will contribute to the maintenance of my instrument as well,” said Aimee.

Congratulations Aimee. We are looking forward to seeing where this opportunity takes you.

About the scholarship

The Scholarship

The Townsville City Council has a long history of supporting arts and cultural events in the city. One of the City's signature events is the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM). Commencing in 1990, through the vision of Theodore Kuchar, the AFCM has developed into one of Australia's most significant cultural events. Theodore Kuchar’s contribution has enhanced and developed Townsville's cultural identity both nationally and internationally. Now, in recognition of Theodore Kuchar’s outstanding contribution, the Townsville City Council in partnership with the AFCM has initiated this unique scholarship as part of the Council's Youth Opportunity Fund.

The Theodore Kuchar Scholarship has been developed to support young emerging Townsville orchestral musicians with the costs of tuition and professional development. The Scholarship awards a Year Eleven student with $4,000, to be used to pay for instrumental tuition and/or professional development. The scholarship will be $2,000 per year for two years, paid during Years Eleven and Twelve.


The program's main objectives are to:

Support a young emerging Townsville artist by offering a scholarship.

Increase opportunities for creative and skills development at an advanced level.


Applications open - 15 September 2021 (applications for 2021 are now CLOSED)

Applications close -  13 October 2021

Successful applicants notified of audition time - 15 October 2021

Auditions - 16 October 2021

Successful applicant announced - 18 October 2021

Please note that applications are now closed for the 2021 Theodore Kuchar Scholarship. Subscribe to our enews or check this page for updates and announcements regarding 2022 scholarship opportunities.

Assessment Criteria

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

All applications must include a short performance video of no more than 2 minutes.  It doesn't need to be a professional video, a video taken on your phone is fine.  Either upload your video to Youtube and send us a private link, attach it with your application form or send the video to:

The quality of submitted resume (maximum three pages) including results and full examiners' reports from the past two years and any prizes and associated adjudication reports.

Recommendations of two referees, one of whom must be the applicant's current instrumental music teacher.

Applicants will be invited to audition based on the strength of their application.

Audition Criteria

High standard of performance at an audition where the applicant performs two pieces of contrasting styles. Applicant's performance to be no longer than 10 minutes.

Please note that works performed, other than those written for solo instruments, must be accompanied. Please contact AFCM if you need assistance with this as soon as possible. Ph 4771 4144.

Applicants are welcome to engage an accompanist for their audition.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship the applicant must be:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • A resident in the Townsville City Council local government area.
  • Learning an orchestral instrument.
  • Achieved a minimum Grade Six practical level from AMEB, ANZCA or Trinity College syllabi.
  • Entering Year Eleven the following year.