Piano & Guitar

The Allan & Joan Napier Family Music Bursary

The Franciscan Colleges Instrumental Music Programme (the FCIP) is one of Brisbane’s leading instrumental music departments. Ours is a community where learning to play a musical instrument is viewed as an activity to be valued and enjoyed and where a good musical education is seen as a valuable adjunct to academic success and personal fulfilment. We have high expectations of our students at the same time are devoted to helping them achieve their individual musical potential and to provide them with the opportunities to exceed their personal expectations.

Allan and Joan Napier had a close and long term association with Padua College and the Franciscans friars at Kedron. Their sons, Mark (french horn), John (‘cello) and David attended Padua in the early 1970s and into the 1980s and music was very important to the family. Clare, their daughter, taught piano at Padua through much of the 1980s and 90s. The family’s decision to make this bursary available to our Colleges reflects their commitment to instrumental music education and their desire to support the work being done through our FCIP today.

With a view to encouraging and supporting FCIP families, from 2014 the Allan and Joan Napier Family Music Bursary will cover the cost of instrumental tuition fees for a period of two years for a boy or girl entering Year 8 (for Years 8 and 9) or Year 11 (for Years 11 and 12) at Padua or Mt Alvernia College. 



In 2014 there will be two bursaries available to students fulfilling the following criteria. The candidate is:

  • a student currently completing Year 7 in 2013, who is enrolled or intends to enrol in Year 8 at Padua or Mt Alvernia College for 2014 and is receiving instrumental tuition on a string, brass or woodwind instrument; or
  • a student currently enrolled in Year 10 in 2013, who is enrolled in Year 11 at Padua or Mt Alvernia College for 2014 and is currently receiving instrumental tuition on a string, brass or woodwind instrument; or
  • a student who will remain enrolled in the FCIP until he or she graduates from Padua or Mt Alvernia College; or
  • a student who will be committed to the FCIP through involvement in one or more FCIP ensembles.

Selection Criteria

When selecting the bursary winners, staff will take into account the following in an audition:

  • Applicant’s current musical ability and future potential.
  • Applicant’s ability to answer simple questions in a short interview.
  • Applicant’s ability to demonstrate that they will make a positive contribution to the FCIP.

Obligations of Bursary winners

  • Continued enrolment in the FCIP.
  • Remaining as a permanent member of at least one of the FCIP instrumental ensembles.
  • Demonstrating a positive attitude and commitment to their music and academic studies.
  • Being a role model for younger musicians.
  • Contributing to their College and to the FCIP to the best of their ability.

Even though the bursary (in 2014) will operate for two years the bursary holders will be reviewed at the end of 12 months. Should it become apparent to the Director of Instrumental Music that a bursary holder is not demonstrating the required commitment or performing to an acceptable standard, the bursary will be withdrawn unless extenuating circumstances can be established.


The Audition

The Audition panel will comprise members of the FCIP teaching staff.

Auditions will consist of an interview and a short performance involving (a) two contrasting pieces on the applicant’s chosen instrument, and (b) playing a simple sight reading exercise.

Although an accompanist is not necessary, candidates wishing to use one during their audition should provide their own.

Please note that due to the nature of the audition process, the FCIP will not provide a report nor will discussions be entered into relating to an individual’s performance in the audition. We will, however, formally notify all applicants of their success or otherwise as soon as possible after auditions have been completed.



Students wishing to apply for the Napier Family Instrumental Music Bursary should request an application form by contacting the FCIP Secretary on 3857 9951 or by emailing fcip@padua.qld.edu.au.

Applications should be received by no later than 13th May 2013. Applications close on 4pm, Monday 13 May 2013.

The application should also include an introductory letter in the student’s own handwriting stating why they would make a worthy candidate for this bursary.

Applications should be directed to:

FCIP Music Scholarship Application
Attn: Mrs D Martin
Padua College
PO Box 111