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ADRS National Competition 2023

Competition Sections and Conditions of Entry

Competition Date 20th August 2023
Venue Information
- Queensland Conservatorium Southbank
Queensland Conservatorium Building (S01)Room 2.37
Griffith University

Competition Schedule, Venue & Trade Stalls (Click Title)


UPDATE: The Open Section has been expanded to accept online video submissions for certain circumstances where competing in person may be inaccessible to the competitor. To enter the competition as an online entry, please register below for the Open Competition as normal and select the option of Online Entry, then after registering you will receive an email with further instructions on how to record and submit a video entry. Online submissions will be accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on competitors' circumstances. Video recordings will be due by Friday, August 18th at 11:59 pm AEST. NOTE:  This date has been changed to allow competitors more time to prepare a video, you must still register for the competition by the closing date of Sunday 13th August.

Time limit: 12 minutes including set piece
Eligibility: Open to candidates with a standard equivalent to AMEB Grade 7 and above. Professional players are not eligible. Set pieces must be performed with piano accompaniment with options to arrange one's own accompanist or use the official competition pianists provided by the ADRS.

1st Oboe $1000 Sponsored by Peter Collins
1st Bassoon $1000 Sponsored by Musson Bassoon Reeds
2nd place $500 Sponsored by Howarth
3rd place $250 Sponsored by QSO

Oboe set pieces: 

  • Haydn Oboe Concerto, 1st Movement

Bassoon set pieces: 

  • Tansman Sonatine for Bassoon and Piano, 1st and 2nd Movements (to be performed with repeats as published)


Time limit: 8 minutes
Eligibility: Open to candidates with a standard equivalent to AMEB Grades 5-6.
Two contrasting works, at least one of which must have piano accompaniment.

1st place $500 Sponsored by Sponsored by K.Ge Reeds
2nd place $100 Sponsored by Buffet Crampon
3rd place $50 Sponsored by Buffet Crampon


Time limit: 5 minutes
Eligibility: Open to candidates with a standard equivalent to AMEB Grades 3-4.
Two contrasting works, at least one of which must have piano accompaniment.

1st place $250 Sponsored by KGE Reeds
2nd place $75 Sponsored by Buffet Crampon
3rd place $30 Sponsored by Buffet Crampon


Time limit: 4 minutes
Eligibility: Open to candidates with a standard equivalent to AMEB Grades 1-2.
Two contrasting works, at least one of which must have piano accompaniment.
Prizes sponsored by Girard Reeds:
1st place $150
2nd place $50
3rd place $20

Weekend Warrior & Friends

Time limit: 10 minutes
Eligibility: Open to candidates over age 18. Full-time professional players not
eligible. Secondary teachers are welcome.
1 work – solo performance or any combination of accompaniment/ensemble of up to 5 players
(must include at least one double-reed instrument).

1st place $150 Sponsored by Alan Greenlees
2nd place $50 Sponsored by Alan Greenlees



Thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support of this event: 

Major Sponsor Joanna Musson (Musson Bassoon Reeds(sponsoring $1000 Peter Musson Memorial Prize for First Bassoon in the Open Competition)

Major Sponsor Peter Collins (sponsoring $1000 First Oboe in the Open Competition)

Alan Greenlees

Brass Music Specialists

Bassoon Factory

Buffet Crampon

Bernie Girard

Girard Reeds


K.Ge Reeds


Richard Craig Woodwind



Competition Rules

1. Places are strictly limited and entries will be processed in order of receipt.
2. Contestants may not enter multiple solo sections but should select the section which best fits their current skill level. Contestants are permitted to enter the Ensemble section as well as their appropriate solo section. 
3. Other double reed instruments from the oboe and bassoon families may be played e.g. fagottino, contrabassoon, cor anglais, etc. 
4. Time limits will be strictly adhered to. Appropriate cuts may be made to own choice works to conform to time limits.
5. All contestants must provide a photocopy of the music (piano part for accompanied works) on the day for use by the adjudicators. (This will be destroyed at the end of the day, in line with copyright laws.)
6. Prizes may be withheld or reduced where adequate standards are not met.
7. The adjudicators’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8. All competitors will receive a written report after the announcement of the prize winners.
9. Previous 1st Prize winners in an ADRS National Competition (since 2009) may not enter the same section (or like section) they have already won. Please contact the Queensland State Representative if clarification is required (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
10. Professional competition pianists will be available to all competitors for competition performances on the day. Rehearsals with these pianists are to be arranged by the competitor at their own expense. Competitors are welcome to provide their own pianists at their own expense.
11. Set pieces required for the Open Section plus one contrasting own-choice work.


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