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Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship 


Supported through a generous donation by Carolyn Mason

Under the guidance of the Southern Cross Soloists and Margaret Schindler, the MSVS recipient is awarded to a young singer who has shown great aptitude in their craft. Recipients are given the opportunity to perform with Southern Cross Soloists and to receive mentoring from Margaret Schindler. 


2024 MSVS Recipient


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Bass Jack Bolton recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, studying with Margaret Schindler.

During his studies, performance highlights included roles in staged productions of Philip Glass’ Orphée (Judge), Iolanthe (Private Willis) and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug). He also won the Queensland Conservatorium’s Margaret Nickson Prize in 2021, and was a prize winner at the 2023 National Liederfest.

In 2022 Jack joined Brisbane’s Voxalis Opera, performing the role of Masetto in scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the company’s season finale, A Celebration of Opera, followed in 2023 by the roles of Giorgio Talbot and Sir Gualtiero Raleigh in The Two Queens, a staging of scenes from Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux.

Earlier this year, Jack was accepted into the Melba Opera Trust and is supported by the John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship and the Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship.

Photo by Phoebe Powell Photography



Margaret was a founding member of critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists with whom she performed for over twenty years, premiering approximately one hundred new Australian works and maintaining a diverse performance profile which included artistic residencies at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium, Arkansas University USA,  the Australian National Academy of Music as well as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore, the annual Bangalow Music Festival and concert tours to China, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and throughout Australia. 

Photo by Ronan King Rose

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2023 - Nina Korbe - Soprano

2022 - Sara Donnelly - Soprano​



The Southern Cross Soloists Education Programs is a vital stepping stone for music graduates, provide the next generation of talented young artists with invaluable training and performance opportunities.

Supporting the education programs allows Southern Cross Soloists to help our young musicians reach their dreams of a professional career in music performance. 

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