Musica Viva Australia has announced the results of the annual S trike A Chord national chamber music competition for high school ensembles. This year, Queensland-based Amogus Trio took first place; JPMS Ensemble Spirito, also from Queensland won second place as well as the audience prize; and Sydney-based vocal quartet False Relations received third place.

Strike a Chord

This year’s competition was held online, in accordance with current health restrictions and border closures resulting from the outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta strain. This ensured that ensembles across Australia were able to compete, adapting their performances accordingly. More than 100 ensembles entered. The finals were judged by a panel of highly-regarded Australian musicians and educators, including Head of Strings at Queensland Conservatorium Michele Walsh, Ensemble Offspring’s Claire Edwardes, mezzo-soprano Dimity Shepherd, composer and pianist Ian Munro, and Melbourne Recital Centre CEO Euan Murdoch.

Wilma Smith, Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions,...