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Theodore Kuchar Scholarships

Theodore Kuchar Scholarships

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




Aimee Segal of Townsville Grammar School with Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill

Initiated in 1997 in honour of Theodore Kuchar, founding Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), the Theodore Kuchar Scholarship for Excellence in Music aims to support young emerging artists in the local community by increasing opportunities for creative growth and skill development at an advanced level. It is awarded annually by the Australian Festival of Chamber Music with the support of Townsville City Council.  

The Scholarship supports young musicians financially by awarding a Year Eleven student with $4,000, to be used to pay for instrumental tuition and/or professional development. The scholarship is $2,000 per year for two years, paid during Years Eleven and Twelve.

Townsville Grammar School student Aimee Segal was selected as the 2021 Winner.

“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 giving me the opportunity 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.

Theodore Kuchar Scholarship
For Excellence in Music 
Developing Townsville's Most Talented Young Musicians


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 Scholarship

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.

Key Dates 

  • Applications open - 15 September 2021
  • 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:

  1. 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: 
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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 instrument, 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.
Applications for 2021 are now CLOSED.

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