Alex Lindsay Memorial Award (National)

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What does the scholarship get me?

Awards of up to $10,000 are granted annually

Closing dates for applications

Next: 31 July 2020

Applications open 1 June 2020 | Applications close on 31 July 2020

Length of award

One year. The number of recipients and monetary value of the awards may vary from year to year.

Number of awards offered

One, more maybe available as determined annually

Purpose of award

To provide financial assistance to young students and performers on an orchestral instrument whose aim it is to take up a career in symphonic music.

Selection criteria

You are eligible to apply for a 2020 Alex Lindsay Award if:
 -  You play an orchestral instrument
 -  You are under 25 years of age on 30 September 2020
 -  You are a New Zealand Citizen or a Permanent Resident

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

It is hoped that the recipients will, without being in any way bound, consider New Zealand their musical homeland, in the spirit of the musician whose name this Award commemorates, and that ultimately many will become members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

The Award is made whenever sufficient funds allow, and may be divided.

How do students apply?

You will be required to complete the application form and submit an audio recording comprising the exposition of a concerto and orchestral excerpts provided in the application package. The Giese Grant is a separate application form and does not require an audition.
For a 2020 application package, please email with your name, postal address and the orchestral instrument you play.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants are notified of the decision within 6 weeks.

Decision makers

The Alex Lindsay Award trust is administered by seven trustees, all of whom are current players in the NZSO. They convene each year in October to assess the applicants' recorded auditions and to review any supporting written materials. This closely resembles the audition process for a position in a professional symphony orchestra.

History or background of award

The Trust was founded in 1975 by members of the NZSO in memory of their Concertmaster, Alex Lindsay, who died in office in 1974.

Additional information

Since its inception in 1975, the Alex Lindsay Award has granted funds in excess of $200,000. Previous winners have included Wilma Smith, Donald Armstrong, Ashley Brown, Martin Riseley and Alexa Still.
In 2000, the trustees introduced the NZSO National Youth Orchestra Special Prize. It is awarded each year to an outstanding member of the NZSO NYO who demonstrates performance excellence and potential. The winner is chosen by the trustees after consultation with the NYO Conductor, the Education Manager and NZSO principals.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

The Secretary
NZ Symphony Orchestra
Alex Lindsay Memorial Award, PO Box 6640, Te Aro, Wellington 6141
(04) 801 3890
(04) 801 3891


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in May 2020.