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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.




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The contributions of our donors have ensured not only the continued existence of this unique program but allowed for its expansion and enrichment.

If you wish to become a donor please use the form from here or contact one of our Committee members.