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Bettine Patricia McCaughan OAM

 13th June, 1926 - 15th August, 2016

The Bettine McCaughan Memorial Scholarship (BMS):

  • This scholarship is awarded every year to a singer deserving, in the minds of the adjudicators, financial help towards developing their career as a classical singer.

  • It is awarded to a promising singer under the age of 26 and is open to entries from Australian citizens Australia wide.

  • For entries top this competition, submit your entry forms using this booking site and pay the required $30 administration fee.

  • This concert final will be on 17th August 2024

  • The competition is run by ANATS VICTORIA

  • To read the complete TERMS AND CONDITIONS and submit your entry please follow this link:


I.         The Bettine McCaughan Memorial Scholarship (BMS):


  • Is administered by the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS Ltd).

  • Is funded by the Bettine McCaughan Scholarship Trust.

  • Is worth $6,000.

  • Must be spent in the pursuit of excellence in Classical Voice performance.

  • Is open to any Australian resident, aged 26 and under, as of 13 June 2024.

  • Must be used within 18 months of receipt.

  • Will be publicised through the ANATS newsletter, website and Facebook.

  • The recipient must follow up with financial acquittals and details of activities paid for through the scholarship within 6 months of final activity or 2 years of scholarship receipt, whichever comes first.

  • The entry fee (non-refundable) for the scholarship is $30.


II.         Selection Process Stage 1:

  • Applications must be made and paid for using this Humanitix link :

  • Submission of a Video recording (DVD, USB drive or streaming video) showing the performance of one aria (from opera or oratorio) and one Art Song/Lied (to be sung in original language) by the applicant; the two items shall be in different languages. 

    • Please be aware that a high-quality recording is in your own best interest

    • Suggestions for making a successful video:

      • Make your video in a hall or large room that best represents a proper concert setting;
        Avoid using a room in a house or a music studio;
        If at all possible, collaborate with a live accompanist;
        Use very good lighting;

      • Keep the camera far enough away so as to see the singer from head to toe 

      • Avoid using videos from live costumed performances

      • In this performance the singer must sing either with live or recorded piano accompaniment

      • Please note: no unaccompanied performances will be accepted

  • Submission of a Curriculum Vitae outlining previous musical/vocal training and experience.

  • Submission of a Written Study Statement (of approximately 500 words) outlining how the scholarship money would be spent in the pursuit of voice training and/or language training (pertaining to Classical singing, i.e. Italian, French, German, Russian). 

  • The above is to be included in the Booking application or sent to  or by post to Lucas de Jong, 22 Stefan Dr, Berwick 3806.

  • Applications must be received by Sunday 21 July 2024 at 11:59pm.

  • Finals will be held on Saturday 17 August 2024 in Melbourne.

  • Finalists must be prepared to perform in Melbourne on Saturday 17 August 2024. 

  • Finalists will be selected by the BMS selection panel.

  • The BMS panel comprises three industry professionals as specified in the Deed which governs this scholarship.

  • For 2024 these are David Ashton-Smith, Vivien Hamilton and Suzanne Johnston.

  • The applicant must not have had personal teaching contact with a member of the judging panel for a minimum period of six months prior to the competition.

  • Applicants will be assessed on singing ability, musicality, vocal potential and viability of the proposed study.

  • The decision of the selection panel will be final, and no discussion will be entered into.

  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome of Stage 1 by 3rd August.

  • There is no pre-set number of finalists. The number of finalists chosen will be reflective of the quality of applications.

  • Finalists must confirm their appearance in the finals within 48 hours of being notified.

III.         Selection Process Stage 2: Live Performance

  • A live singing competition in the form of a public concert to be held at 7.30pm on Saturday 17th August 2024 at St Peter's Anglican Church, 1030 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill, VIC 3128. 

  • Finalists must present three items: the two pieces from Stage 1 and one other, contrasting item from the classical voice repertoire.

  • Finalists must submit their program by 11 August and two copies of sheet music of each item for the adjudicators must be supplied on the day of the final.

  • An official accompanist for the final (and a 30 min rehearsal, time to be arranged) will be provided at no expense to the finalists.

  • The accompanist for 2024 is Konrad Olszewski - / 0438 183 289

  • If preferred, finalists are free to bring their own accompanist at their own expense.

  • If finalists bring their own accompanist, they must advise this upon submitting their program.

  • Singing ability, musicality, vocal potential and viability of the proposed study will be the criteria applied in the awarding of the BMS Scholarship.

  • The decision of the selection panel will be final, and no discussion will be entered into.

  • The winner of the scholarship will be announced on the night of the competition final concert.


Two more awards will be given at the final:

The ANATS Victoria Award of $500

The Mary de Jong Award of $500


Application Form with T&C's

Apply online

Bettine McCaughan Biography


Bettine's Biography

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