Strike A Chord Returns in 2022

We are encouraging secondary school students across Australia to form chamber music ensembles of between three and eight players in any vocal or instrumental combination performing music that is ‘classical’ in style, including from non-Western traditions. Twelve aspiring groups will be selected by the Jury and invited to perform at the Grand Final on Saturday 27 August, competing for cash and professional development prizes. 

“Strike A Chord has had such a strong response from aspiring musicians around Australia as we launched it through two pandemic years. We’re delighted that it will continue to inspire more young people to discover the joy and challenge of chamber music.” Artistic Director of Competitions, Wilma Smith.

Key Dates and Information

Coaching Program Applications Open: 28 February, 2022 
Coaching Program Applications Close: 28 March, 2022 
Strike A Chord/Novice Section Entries Open: 28 March, 2022 
Strike A Chord/Novice Section Entries Close: 2 June, 2022 (If your ensemble's plan to record an entry video has been impacted by COVID-19 please contact us for advice at
Strike A Chord Finalists & Novice Section Winners Announced: 22 June, 2022 

The Grand Final will take place on Saturday 27th August at Melbourne Recital Centre where the selected finalists will perform to the in-house audience and audience members at home across the nation via livestream. The 2022 winners will be announced live on stage by the Jury.

2022 Teachers' Conference

The Teachers' Conference will also return for one day at Monash University, Melbourne on Sunday 28 August. Find out more.

How to Enter

Entries Close Thursday 2 June 2022

Find out how to prepare for and enter Strike A Chord in 2022.

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Novice Section

Entries Close Thursday 2 June 2022

Entries for the novice section are free and there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded in June 2022.

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Rules and Regulations

Read the rules before applying

Be sure to read the updated Rules and Regulations for Strike A Chord in 2022.

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Resources & Information


2022 Prizes & Awards

A total prize pool worth over $40,000, comprising of cash and professional development prizes being awarded at all stages of the competition.


2022 Jury

Meet the jurors announced for Strike A Chord's First Round and Novice Section


What is Chamber Music?

Traditionally, chamber music was written for a small group of musicians playing in a modest and intimate setting such as a home.


Finding Repertoire

Read our guide on finding repertoire to help you choose the right piece to play and where to find sheet music.


Recording Your Videos

Watch our webinar with ABC Classic's Digital Producer, Matthew Lorenzon for some tips and tricks.


Frequently Asked Questions

We answer all of your burning questions about Strike A Chord.

Major Partners:

Strike A Chord would like to thank our many supporters. Visit our partners page to see the full list of those who help to make this competition possible.