Rosemary and John Hopkins Award


The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award is for a conductor of any age, to assist with a youth or community music project.

The successful project, ideally to be completed within the Award year (2019/2020) should be creatively conceived and may be undertaken in partnership with other youth or community organisation(s) such as orchestra, ensemble, choir or school. It is intended that recipients of the Award would gain high level practical experience, develop a commitment to and a greater understanding of community and youth music projects and their possibilities to improve society and disadvantaged communities. These attributes very much reflect the vision and values of John Hopkins, so it is a very fitting memory of his life and achievements.

As part of the Award, the successful candidate is given the opportunity to conduct a work with the Zelman Orchestra at the 2019 Booroondara Eisteddfod piano concerto competition finals, Sunday June 23, 2019. Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre.


The value of the Award offered in 2019 will be approximately $3,700.

Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed.

Applicants can expect to receive an outcome by the end of May. It will be next open for application in March 2020.

Criteria and eligibility

Candidates for the Award must be current students or alumni of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (or its predecessor faculties) at the University of Melbourne.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • artistic merit, as demonstrated by previous academic achievement (VCE or equivalent; other tertiary results) and CV; 
  • conducting qualifications and professional experience as a conductor of a community ensemble (addressed through the application process); and
  • the project and how the funding will be used to assist with a community or youth music project (including detailed budget requirements; letters of support; etc).

The awarding committee is to consist of the Ormond Chair (or their nominee) and the Head of Conducting (or their nominee) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. The successful applicant will be officially notified of the outcome. All other unsuccessful applicants will be emailed.

Additional requirements

To accept this award, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. On occasion recipients will be contacted to provide a progress report.

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the applications link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including your previous/current course and project proposal, including a budget and your CV. There will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application.