Friends of the School of Music

The Friends of the School of Music is a non-profit association which aims to be a source of practical and financial support to students of the ANU School of Music. We advance musical endeavours within the School and help foster its engagement with the Canberra community.


The Friends assist the School's pre-tertiary program by organising concerts to enable our young musicians to present their talents in public performances. We fund prizes to tertiary students for musical performance and academic achievement, and offer ad hoc grants for projects adding substance to their musical experience. We provide a Friends Transition Award to recent graduates to assist in the transition from formal study to a professional career in music. 

Read about the Friends’ activities and support of students in the President’s Report for 2015.


The Friends of the School of Music produce a monthly newsletter:

Newsletter 10 - December 2015 [PDF, 106KB]

Newsletter 1 - January/February 2016  [PDF, 102KB]

Newsletter 2 - April 2016  [PDF, 85KB]       Austrian Embassy Booking Form

Newsletter 3 - June 2016 [PDF, 74KB]       Hungarian Embassy Concert Booking Form


We raise money through concerts, donations and membership fees to fund student grants, prizes and scholarships.  We also seek donations to the Friends of the School of Music Public Fund to support a Friends of the School of Music Performance Scholarship. We share an investment with ANU in the Friends Endowment Project Fund (within the University's Endowment for Excellence) and provide advice on the projects to which income from the fund is directed. In 2011 a bequest enabled us to establish a second fund, the Christel Larko Music Scholarship endowment, which funds voice and keyboard scholarships. A third, the Barry Fankhauser endowment, commenced funding of the Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship in 2015.

Fundraising concerts

In 2016 there will be concerts at embassies as well as at venues at the School, with performances by staff, students and alumni of the School. The concert program is updated regularly, and advertised in our newsletters. 


Membership of the Friends brings entitlement to generous concessions to School concerts and School Library membership. There are opportunities to meet students and staff and to become involved in the life of the School. In this way we advance the cause of musical education and appreciation in Canberra.

Download the Membership form 2016.


The Friends of the School of Music Endowment

The Friends of the School of Music Endowment supports a number of prizes at the School of Music which reward, acknowledge and encourage talented students. The Prizes include the Ensemble 1st Prize and People's Choice Prize, Bernard Neumann Prize and the Friends Transition Award. Your donation to the fund will allow our awards to continue and to grow.

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The Friends of the School of Music Larko Endowment

These Scholarships, currently supported by a bequest endowed to the Friends of the School of Music, support students studying voice and piano in the areas of both Classical and Jazz music. Your donation in support of this cause will allow more and larger scholarships to be awarded to talented students.

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The Friends of the School of Music Public Fund

The Friends of the School of Music Public Fund supports, inter alia, an annual undergraduate scholarship, the Friends of the School of Music Performance Scholarship. The scholarship is offered annually to a newly enrolling performance student, commencing in first year, for up to four years, dependent on the student's progress. Your donation to this fund will allow ANU to continue to attract talented and dedicated performance students.

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Tony Henshaw
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Robyn McKay     Marilyn Higgins
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Rosemary Greaves
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Treasurer and Membership Secretary
Annie Oakey
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Friends' Donation Funds
Tony Henshaw
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Five ensembles were selected to compete in the finals for the Friends Ensemble Prizes held in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room on Thursday 19th November, 2015. The Friends would...

Grants, fellowships and prizes

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer