MOST is proud to have long-standing professional associations with a number of leading organisations in the arts, music, education and media sectors. Currently MOST is working with Symphony Services International, the Australian Elizabeth Theatre Trust, Opera Australia, the Sydney Opera House and the Youth Music Foundation of Australia (YMF Australia) to administer the following activities.

ABC Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award

Established in 1944 as a state-based competition for young vocal and instrumental performers. In 1968 the competition became the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition; by 1978 it comprised four categories (Strings, Vocal, Keyboard and Other Instrumental); and is now known as ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards (YPA).

In 2002 MOST was approached to manage the Vocal Category of these prestigious awards on behalf of ABC Symphony Australia (now Symphony Services International). Since that time, MOST has proudly administered the ABC Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award as a prize within the Australian Singing Competition.

    ABC Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award

  • 2012 mezzo soprano Anna Dowsley 
  • 2011 soprano Emma Moore
  • 2010 soprano Kiandra Howarth
  • 2009 soprano Emma Pearson
  • 2008 soprano Nicole Car
  • 2007 soprano Mary-Jean O'Doherty
  • 2006 baritone Duncan Rock
  • 2005 soprano Anita Watson
  • 2004 soprano  Emma Pearson
  • 2003 soprano Jessica Pratt
  • 2002 mezzo-soprano Katherine Tier

Armstrong-Martin Scholarship

professional opera singers for overseas study

The Armstrong-Martin Scholarship arose from a bequest in the Will of the late Geoffrey Wynter Armstrong to honour his memory and that of his long-time friend and nurse, Elizabeth Mary Martin. It was established to further the musical education of professional opera singers by providing funds to allow them to study overseas.

Past Recipients of the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship

Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award

First awarded in 1989, the Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award arose from a bequest of the late Colin Foster, an Australian opera lover who lived in New York. The Award was named in memory of his parents, and the capital was given to the Trustees of the Sydney Opera House, with a direction that an award be given 'to a student of opera'. MOST administered the Philip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award  from 1989 until 2011.

Past Recipients of the Phillip & Myrtle Foster Memorial Award


in opera & classical singing

The MasterClass is an opportunity to receive expert tuition in a kinder, interactive, professional environment from one of Australia's seasoned performers.

The singers will perform part of their aria and will be mentored on text, technical and emotional aspects of their performance, technique and lyrical interpretation. The audience and the singers watch and listen as the Master works with one person at a time.

The singer may then have the opportunity to showcase their newly acquired skills.

Aspiring opera singers and their teachers consider the MasterClass to be one of the most effective means of development.

MasterClasses have been held in 2010, 2011 & 2012.

Link MasterClass Gallery

YMF Australia Award

The YMF Australia facilitates performance opportunities and career advancement through overseas study for Australian musicians and is now the primary sponsor of the Opera Awards. 

YMF Australia also offers awards at the Royal College of Music, London; University College Melbourne; Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival UK; The British School at Rome, Italy; and The Australian Festival Chamber Music Winter School held in Townsville Queensland.

Since 2007 MOST has presented the YMF Australia Award as the major cash prize within the Opera Awards. Held in camera, the Opera Awards has no age restriction and is open to an opera singer who has performed at least two principal roles with a recognised professional opera company in the two years prior to judging. 

MOST has worked closely with YMF Australia and its founder, Dr Di Bresciani OAM, to bring about a new and expanded Opera Awards format.  

    YMF Australia Award

  • 2012 soprano Nicole Car
  • 2011 soprano Zara Barrett
  • 2010 soprano Lorina Gore
  • 2009 soprano Emma Pearson
  • 2008 bass Shane Lowrencev
  • 2007 baritone James Homann

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