Board of Directors

Roland Gridiger (Chairman) LLB MDR TEP 
A supporter and philanthropist of the arts, Roland is also Principal of Gridiger Lawyers, where he practices in estate planning, conveyancing and asset protection. He is a Full Member of STEP a worldwide professional association.

David Bainbridge CA MBA
David is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Planner with extensive management and financial experience in a wide range of industries. He is also the author of Connecting the Dots: The Origins of Modern Human Society.

Ann Brewer BA (Behavioural Science), MCom (Hons), PhD, FAICD
Professor Brewer is Dean (Sydney), the University of Newcastle.  An executive coach since 2010 Ann has conducted workshops for a range of corporate, government and educational organisations. 

David Full BA Bus (UTS), MCom (UNSW)
David is a wealth management advisor, involved in financial markets for over 30 years including the Australian Stock Exchange research department and presenter of a 10-minute daily market update on ABC Radio. 

Ilana Gridiger BA DipEd MA (Psych)
A registered Psychologist, Ilana also has training and experience in event management. Ilana has also taught languages at both public and private high schools across NSW.

Catherine Hewgill BM Cello Performance (University of Southern California)
Since 1990 Catherine has been the Principal Cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and is a Director of Sydney Symphony. As a chamber musician she was also a founding member of the Novalis Quartet.

Emma Matthews BMus (WAAPA)
Emma is a highly acclaimed, awarded national and international soprano. She has performed with all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras.

Management Team

Roland Gridiger (Chief Executive Officer)
Vivian Zeltzer (Co-ordinator)
Amelia Gledhill (Co-ordinator)
Meltem Akyol (Co-ordinator)
Steve Denenberg (Philanthrophy)


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Advisory Committees

Australian Singing Competition

Janice Black
Claude Ullin
Jeffrey Black
Lisa Gasteen AO
Patricia Price
Linnhe Robertson

Young Performers Awards

Mary Vallentine AO
Nick Bailey
Tim Calnin
Colin Cornish
Matthew Dewey
Catherine Hewgill
Kate Lidbetter
Benjamin Schwartz



Legal compliance

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) was incorporated on 24 June 1982 as a not-for-profit Public Company limited by Guarantee under Section 16(3) of the Companies Act, 1961. We are committed to accountability and transparency in our relationships, including the use of this website to inform stakeholders of general information, governance and policy practices and issues. MOST® is governed by a Board of Directors (see above).

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) ABN 97 002 497 841

MOST® and the MOSTgivesmore® logo are registered word- and logo- marks of Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd.

Tax deductibiliy & charitable status

Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Tax Office (Subdivision 20-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, Item 1 Section 30-15; in Subdivision 30-B; Item 12.1.1 public fund on the register of cultural organisations). Endorsement date: 1 July 2000.

Capabilities, corporate structure & governance

MOST® has expertise and resources to provide the following services —

  • Identification and selection of programmes, projects or activities;
    MOST® has connections to various creative and professional communities and the capabilities to fulfil the requirements of sponsors and bequests.

  • Administration and management;
    a range of services to provide hands-on management and support of sponsor and bequest programmes, including acting as administrator, event manager, trustee or patron. MOST® has also provided professional management for independent foundations and trusts, such as the Geraldine Pascall Foundation and the Rona Tranby Trust.

  • Naming rights;
    naming rights or other types of acknowledgement can be negotiated and implemented with relevant parties and agencies.

  • Entry processes;
    MOST® can provide and/or implement the relevant infrastructures to manage and programme entries, including application fee payment gateways and other entry logistics.

  • Adjudication/selection process;
    infrastructure and administration management to facilitate adjudication and selection processes of competitions, scholarships, prizes, awards or grants.

  • Recipient disbursements;
    MOST® monitors the payments of scholarships, prizes and awards to recipients.

  • Publicity and marketing;
    promotion and publicity through our website/s, press releases and social media. This can also include liaising with other professional services, depending on the requirements of sponsors and bequests. 
IFAC Australian Singing Competition

IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition

Australasia’s richest competition for young opera & classical singers, featuring the Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy')
Young Performers Awards

ABC Young Performers Awards

The YPA is Australia's premier artist development programme for young musicians, instrumentalists and performing artists
Professional Development

Professional Development

Career development programmes and opportunities for professional musicians, performing artists and educators
Awards Scholarships Grants

Awards, Scholarships & Grants

Recognising excellence
IFAC Singing Competition
Opera Australia
Sydney Opera House
Symphony Australia