Instruments & Repertoire

Chamber music is classical music played by a small group of musicians. For this championship, your chamber group can vary in size from 3 to 8 players, with each musician singing or playing one instrument for each part of music that is written with no conductor, or adult accompanist.

Learn more about chamber music on this page, and read this brief history of chamber music from Wikipedia.

Our definition of classical music is reasonably broad, but we do not allow classical versions of pop, rock, or jazz style pieces. If you’re in any doubt as to whether your chosen piece fits the guidelines, please contact us and we’ll let you know!

Yes! We welcome entries from groups playing all kinds of instruments and groups with singers. As long as there’s only one player per part, your group has 3-8 players, no conductor, and you’re playing classical music, we’d love for you to enter!

That’s a great song by Adele, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit the repertoire guidelines.

Have a chat to your teacher/tutor, or browse through our repertoire resource section, and you should find lots of suitable music to perform. Remember, you don't have to play the most difficult piece of music you can find, choose a piece of music that you enjoy and that your group can play well together.

No cuts to music are allowed, except in exceptional circumstances.

Written approval must be obtained from Championship Management prior to entry. Send us an email if you have any concerns: 

Not at all, you may perform as many or as few repeats as you wish. Use your good judgement in deciding which repeats to perform, and ensure that your performance still fits within the required time limit of 4-12 minutes.

Yes, you can write your own piece of music, or arrange an existing piece of music to suit your group. It will need to fit within the championship guidelines and your group will need to notate it and provide sheet music for the piece if you are a finalist.

Group Personnel

All performers must be enrolled in a full-time Australian school program (or home-school equivalent) as at 13 September 2020.

50% of your group must be in high school (or home schooled) students in grades 7-12 aged between 12 and 18 years old.

50% of your group may include primary school (or home schooled) students in Foundation to Year 6 aged 12 years or younger

Eg: A string quartet may consist of two primary students aged 12 years or younger and two secondary students aged 12 to 18 years old.

Yes, you can enter in more than one group.

Yes, absolutely! There are no restrictions on where each member of your group goes to school or in what year level, as long as more than 50% of your group is in secondary school and 18 years old or younger.

Definitely, we’d love to have your entry.

No, adults can not perform with the group or accompany the group on piano.

Pianos are permitted as part of a chamber group (e.g. a piano trio of violin/cello/piano, or 2 pianos with four players/8 hands), however it must be performed by an eligible school student.

Works for solo instrument/voice and piano accompaniment are also not permitted as they don’t meet the minimum requirement of 3 players.

How to Enter

The 2020 online edition of Strike A Chord is free to enter!

As this edition of the competition is now fully online due to restrictions around COVID-19, we have decided to remove the application fees to enter.

The person entering your group will need to make sure that each member of the group who is under 18 has permission from a parent or guardian to enter the championship, and has consent to be filmed.

Please see our full list of rules and regulations for more


  • You’ll need a teacher, parent or guardian over 18 years old to submit the application on the group’s behalf

  • Provide names, instruments, schools and year levels of each person in your group

  • Provide information about the piece you’re playing including the title, composer and duration. Please include movement/s where appropriate.

  • Include a URL link to your performance footage and pdf files (more info below)


We ask that applicants upload all of their videos and accompanying files to a file sharing platform of your choice and provide us with the URL link in the entry form. 

You will need to upload the following files and copy the URL to put in your application:

  • Your performance video (max 15 minutes) in a .mp4 or .mov video format (videos files from your iPhone are in .mov)

  • Your introduction video (max 3 minutes)  in a .mp4 or .mov video format

  • A scanned copy of your sheet music - If you are having any difficulties with this, please contact us via email

It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the files are uploaded onto a file sharing platform and that the files are viewable for the judges and are not restricted or on private permissions for your entry to be eligible. 

We recommend the following easy to use file sharing websites:


Please ensure you have read the rules and regulations and meet the entry requirements. If you have any questions or are not sure about something please send us an email

We understand that not everyone will have access to high quality video/audio recording equipment. Videos may be recorded with any device, including smartphones, digital cameras, etc. The quality of the video recording won’t unduly influence the decision of the judging panel but groups are encouraged to test recorded sound quality in advance of the performance and make reasonable adjustments where necessary (eg. microphone placement) so that the judging panel can hear the group at its best.  

We are also in the process of setting up a network of regional ‘Hubs’ to assist with the recording of First Round entries. These Hubs will be schools, community centres or performing arts venues in regional areas that are able to provide space, equipment and/or personnel to assist with recording of First Round videos. These Hubs may, at their discretion, charge for their services. Keep checking the Championship website for further updates on Hubs.