Performance Program

ANAM’s Performance Program is a bespoke 12-month non-accredited program designed to meet the optimum developmental requirements of each individual musician. On successful completion of the year’s activities, musicians may reapply (annually) for up to two years’ further study.

ANAM has developed a quality performance training program delivered by an esteemed faculty of professional musicians. The program incorporates extensive face-to-face and quality online training using the latest delivery platforms that will connect you with creatives around the world. The structure includes:

  • Studio Training and Solo performance
  • Chamber Music
  • Ensemble and Orchestral performance
  • Musician Enhancement
  • International Academy Partnerships

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ANAM Scholarship
Successful musicians will receive a full Scholarship which covers all instrumental tuition, coaching and program costs – making ANAM the only institution in Australia of this kind. 

Musicians are required to cover the cost of their own instrument/s and maintenance (including the provision of strings, reeds / cane, bow rehair etc) and insurance/s.

The only up-front cost to musicians is the ANAM Services Fee of AU$500, which is deducted in four equal instalments from Financial Assistance Payments.

Financial Assistance
Enrolled musicians are eligible to apply for monthly Financial Assistance during the ANAM year (beginning of Term 1 to end of Term 4). There are two components of assistance; Living Assistance, and Rental Assistance. Each application is calculated on an individual basis up to a capped amount and is means-tested. 

New musicians may also apply also for a Relocation Expense Reimbursement. This is a means-tested, one-off cash contribution that may be available to those who are based outside Melbourne in the year prior to commencing study at ANAM. Proof of costs are required and payments are capped.



Studio Training and Solo Performance

Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano – up to 32* hours / semester
All other instruments – up to 19* hours / semester
*first year allocation 

Instrument Class
All musicians (excluding piano and percussion) will attend regular Instrument Classes (approximately 14 per semester) presented by Faculty and guest artists. 

Section Class
All musicians will attend weekly Section Classes (strings, winds, brass, piano, percussion). Content of each class will vary, based on the needs of the program. 

Performance Class
Performance Class provides the opportunity for musicians to perform repertoire for their peers in a simulated concert environment, stage-managed by their colleagues, with feedback provided by Faculty. 

ANAM presents a series of in-house and public masterclasses throughout the year presented by some of the world's great instrumentalists and ensembles and in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre and Musica Viva.

All musicians present one 50-minute public recital each year. 

Concerto Competition
Musicians are required to enter the annual Concerto Competition at least once during their time at ANAM. The Final is performed in Hobart with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Federation Concert Hall, and recorded for broadcast by ABC Classic. 


Chamber Music

Performing chamber music is a key part of the program. Enabling a culture of chamber music making across the ANAM cohort, each musician will be allocated an ensemble that will receive coaching throughout the year. The aim is for every musician to be equipped with the skills to rehearse and operate in an ensemble, hone their aural awareness, and utilise these ensemble skills when performing across all situations. 

Ensembles will perform regularly at ANAM including in intimate events in private homes to concerts in partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, Beleura House and Garden, Scots' Church on Collins St, St Silas, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall and many others.


Ensemble and Orchestral Performance

Musicians will perform in large ensemble and orchestral performances with ANAM Faculty and guest artists. Concerts are presented by ANAM and also in partnership with major performing organisations including Melbourne Recital Centre, as part of its Mostly Mozart series; and performances presented as ‘Side by Side’ projects with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Orchestral performance skills will also be developed in section classes, through readings of orchestral repertoire, and audition training.


Musician Enhancement

ANAM presents a range of activities to accompany the performance training, these activities are considered essential to becoming well-rounded musicians. 

Aural Skills
This element of Musician Enhancement investigates vocal tradition from the beginnings of Gregorian Chant, through early polyphony and beyond. The specific goals are to cultivate adeptness in the realm of solfege, rhythm, and timbre.

Health and Wellbeing
Recognising the challenge of maintaining a healthy mind and body as a performer, these sessions cater for a broad spectrum as well as specific instrumental issues, regarding the physical and mental implications of being a performer. Sessions aim to provide musicians with the tools to deal with the preparation and on-going care of mind and body, including advice on how to prevent or treat injury and manage pain, and ways to manage performance anxiety. ANAM works closely with a team of psychologists and leading professionals in the health and wellbeing area.

Professional Development
Presented by acknowledged authorities in the field, these activities include Q&A and opportunities to discuss the many, and varied, career options for life after ANAM and to build your own professional connections with performers, composers, presenters and industry professionals. 

Community Engagement
Led by music educator Karen Kyriakou, first-year musicians will participate in an In-Schools program in local primary schools. Ensembles will workshop musical ideas and learn presenting skills to develop a 30-minute interactive concert. Musicians will provide peer review to develop the presentation between performances. 


International Academy Partnerships

ANAM is proud to have an international reputation for training the very best young classical musicians. This reputation has led to partnerships with major orchestral Academies in Europe that offer exclusive opportunities to ANAM musicians and alumni. ANAM also collaborates with The Colburn School (Los Angeles), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), Royal College of Music (London), and The Sibelius Academy (Helsinki).

Details regarding auditioning and eligibility for each Academy program will be communicated during the year.

Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy (MCO Academy)
MCO offers ANAM musicians a high-quality orchestral experience and a unique platform for networking and international exchange. In addition to audition training, individual coaching and orchestral playing, MCO also includes chamber music workshops, which emphasise its characteristic chamber music approach to music-making. The next application period for 2024/25 tours is yet to be announced.

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Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
ANAM's Eva Besen Scholarship to the Karajan Academy facilitates a two-year position for an outstanding musician to attend the Karajan Academy on full scholarship. Recent participants include Harry Bennetts (violin) 2016-18, Riley Skevington (violin) 2018-20, Harry Ward (violin) 2021-23, and Phoebe Gardner (violin) 2023-25. The next round of applications will be announced in 2025.

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Bayerisches Staatsorchester’s Hermann Levi Academy
Generously supported by Jane Hansen AO. ANAM facilitates a two-year position for a current ANAM musician or alumni at The Bayerisches Staatsorchestrer’s Hermann Levi Academy in Munich. Recent participants include Johnny van Gend (violin) 2019-21 and Mana Ohashi (violin) 2023-24. The next round of applications will be announced in 2024.

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