City Organ Scholarship

Haileybury City is offering an Organ Scholarship to a student entering Year 9 in 2018. Existing piano students of AMEB Grade 6 standard or higher are invited to apply.

Pipe organs, the “Kings of Instruments”, are known as second only to full symphony orchestras as the ultimate experience in musical expression. With the largest repertoire of any musical instrument, pipe organs are found around the world in concert halls, town halls, cathedrals, churches and – in a small number of cases – schools.  

In 2009, the largest and most valuable musical instrument in any Australian school was opened – the Grand Concert Organ in Aikman Hall.  Originally built in 1887 for Perth City Hall in Scotland, the Grand Organ in Aikman Hall is an invaluable addition to Australia’s handful of fine concert organs.  Although there are nearly 2,000 pipe organs around Australia, the only other concert organs are found in the country’s largest town halls and concert halls.

The tradition of organ playing at Haileybury began in 1960, when the first pipe organ was opened at Castlefield. This instrument was moved to the Bradshaw Chapel and rebuilt in 1987.  In 2010, the Organ Scholars Program was established to celebrate 50 years of organ music at Haileybury and to guarantee the future development of this unique and important tradition.  

The organ scholars receive free, weekly, individual lessons with Mr Thomas Heywood and all materials are provided free-of-charge including organ shoes (from the USA) and music scores.  The lessons occur on a rotational basis during class time.  Once an appropriate standard is attained, the organ scholars are given invaluable weekly performance experience in assemblies and chapel services as well as in the Free Public Lunchtime Concert Series held in the Bradshaw Chapel.  In their final year, the organ scholars also perform at graduations and speech nights.

Haileybury Organ Scholars also have access to the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, the largest musical instrument in the southern hemisphere, for lessons, workshops and performances. The organ scholars also participate in public concerts, master classes and organ scholar exchange programs around Australia and New Zealand. They also have the opportunity to perform solo concerts in MUSOC – the Melbourne University Series of Organ Concerts.

In Year 12, the two Senior Organ Scholars may receive complimentary return airfares to the UK to further their learning at leading educational institutions during the Term 2 holiday period.

Application Process

Email the the following documents to the Admissions Office using the button below:

  • Completed City Organ Scholarship application form found below
  • A CV no longer than four pages
  • Your child's two most recent School Reports and NAPLAN results.

Applications Close: Friday, 23 June 2017