SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition deadline extended

Samro Overseas Scholarships 2012. Jazz/Popular music. Darren English - Trumpet.

Samro Overseas Scholarships 2012 Jazz/Popular music winner Darren English – trumpet.

AT the request of numerous applicants, the deadline for applications for the SAMRO Foundation Overseas Competition has been extended to Friday, May 27. 

It is not too late for jazz and Western art instrumentalists, younger than 32 years old, to apply for one of the country’s most coveted postgraduate music study awards, which enables the recipients to enrol for career-furthering postgraduate studies or master classes at international institutions.

Every year, rotating on a four-yearly cycle between composers, singers, keyboard players and instrumentalists, the SAMRO Foundation awards two scholarships worth R200 000 each – for jazz and Western Art music, respectively. This year, instrumentalists will have the chance to demonstrate their mettle.

The SAMRO Foundation Overseas Competition has changed the lives of numerous young musicians, and winners of this competition have been making waves as their careers go from strength to strength.

After winning the 2015 SAMRO Scholarship, tenor Levy Strauss Sekgapane went on to win the 2015 Monserrat Caballe International Singing Competition in Spain. He recently returned from Germany to star alongside South Africa’s own Pretty Yende for an excellent performance and standing ovation at the crowded Linder Auditorium on April 14, 2016. He is presently in Germany participating in various operas and completing his three-year scholarship in Dresden.

Darren English, winner of the 2012 jazz scholarship for instrumentalists, has just released his first album, Imagine Nation, which features other pros like Kenny Banks Jr, Billy Thornton, Chris Burroughs, Carmen Bradford, Greg Tardy, Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden. The album can be bought at Hot Shoe Records. (

To be eligible to compete in the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition, candidates must be a music student or professional instrumentalist between the ages of 20 and 32, and a citizen of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland.

The competition takes place over three rounds:

  • A preliminary round between, June 15 to 22 when a panel of adjudicators will arbitrate the recorded performances of candidates online to select the six jazz and six Western art music semi-finalists;
  • The semi-final round, on Thursday, August 18 which includes live performances from 12 semi-finalists at Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium. A panel of adjudicators will select two jazz and two Western Art music finalists as well as subsidiary award-winners;
  • The final round on Saturday, August 20 at the Linder Auditorium, which will take the form of a public concert and feature performances by the four finalists to compete for one of the country’s most sought-after postgraduate music study awards.

To enter, aspiring candidates must download the regulations ( and the application form ( from the SAMRO Foundation website (

Applications should be emailed to on or before Friday, May 27.


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