Musical scholarship nurturing local talent

Date published: 9 October 2017

Young emerging Townsville orchestral musicians can apply for a special $4,000 scholarship to help further their study and professional development.

The Theodore Kuchar Scholarship, offered as a joint initiative by the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) and the Townsville City Council, is open to all local students entering Year 11 in 2018. The scholarship, named in recognition of the AFCM’s founding Artistic Director, Theodore Kuchar, offers the winning applicant $4,000 payable over two years in Year 11 and Year 12.

Council’s Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said council was pleased to continue this partnership to support aspiring young musicians.

“Playing a musical instrument can be financially taxing for families with tuition fees, instrument costs and more,” Cr Doyle said.

“This scholarship goes a long way to supporting the successful applicant in their musical endeavours.”

AFCM Executive Director Justin Ankus said AFCM was proud to work with Townsville City Council to support the wealth of young musical talent we have in the region.

“Supporting and encouraging those who are striving for high standards and who may be considering music as a career is very important,” Mr Ankus said.

“Each year the festival presents outstanding musicians from all over the world and so supporting the next generation of performers through scholarships like this means we could have the pleasure of seeing them return home to perform as professional musicians as part of a future festival."

Application close at 5pm on Friday, October 13 and the successful applicants will be announced at the end of October.

For more information about the 2016 Theodore Kuchar Scholarship please contact the Festival Office on 07 4771 4144 or email