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  • Classical and contemporary music ― instrumental and vocal
  • Outstanding performances by the finalists
  • Presentation of this year's awards ― valued at $5,700
  • Share conversations with the performers over refreshments

Date: Sunday 18 November 2018
Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: St Bernard's Church, David Avenue, Batehaven
Cost: Adults $10, Youth 18 years and under Free
Tickets: At the door




St Cecilia has long been regarded as the Patron Saint of Music and Musicians. The celebration of her festival day, 22 November, by musical performances has been the practice in Europe for many centuries.

Recognising the disadvantages that local music students face compared with their metropolitan counterparts the Eurobodalla St Cecilia Music Scholarship association was formed in 1995 to provide assistance to young musicians in the area. The association is a non religious community group incorporated in NSW and registered as a Charity with the ACNC and ATO.

Initially the awards were restricted to students from the Eurobodalla Shire but as interest in the scholarships widened to neighbouring Shires the ESCMS changed its constitution to encompass neighbouring Shires in the Region.

The scholarships are supported by local groups including Moruya CWA, Batemans Bay Rotary, South Coast Music Society and PerFex and through generous donations from the general public The Association receives an annual grant from the Eurobodalla Shire Council which together with entrance fees and charges for the auditions and concert are used to administer the annual audition and concert program. The ESCMS is run by volunteers, and all donations from the public attract Australian Taxation Office tax deductibility status.



ESCMS provide a tertiary scholarships program for participants proceeding to tertiary music study.

Rotary Batemans Bay makes an annual grant to the Eurobodalla St Cecilia Music Scholarships to provide a scholarship of $1000 to a St Cecilia participant proceeding to tertiary music studies. The Scholarship is known as the David Harding Tertiary Music Award in honour of David's many years of leadership as President of the St Cecilia Music Scholarships and his work as a Rotarian in support of youth.

Rotary allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. And this has certainly been the case with their generous award of the annual Dave Harding Tertiary Music Award.

The first David Harding Award has been awarded to Chloe Watts, a past participant in the annual St Cecilia Music Scholarship program. Chloe completed her HSC at St Peters College in 2016 and this year commenced a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Sydney Conservatorium.

In addition to the David Harding Tertiary Music Award, this year the St Cecilia Scholarship Committee granted a scholarship of $1,000 to Johanna Eltherington, who was the winner of the Senior Contemporary category in 2017. Johanna studied at Carroll College and has commenced a Bachelor of Music degree at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. Johanna is aiming for a career in Musical Theatre and film.



Thank you!

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We are extremely grateful to the donors and corporate supporters who provide financial assistance.

Here’s a full list of our supporters.

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Sincere gratitude also to...

our Patron: R De Crespigny

Trustees of the Gift Fund:
  • R de Crespigny
  • Di Edwards
  • Peter Kable

St Peters Anglican College
who kindly provide the venue for our workshops and auditions.

St Bernard’s Church
who kindly provide the venue for our finalist concert.


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Every gift, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated.

Learn about St Cecilia Music Scholarships Annual Giving Plan and how you can help here.