Norman Miller violin award

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We are proud to offer the annual Norman Miller Violin Award to deserving violin students, 10 years or older and AMEB Grade 3 or above who demonstrate both need and promise. The successful award applicant is loaned a violin made in 1990 by Norman Miller (a local violin and instrument maker, 1911 – 2005) for use during the school year; usually from the end of January until mid-December.


How to nominate a student

String teachers and community members can nominate students by completing a nomination form and submitting directly to the committee by 5pm on the last Monday of November. Previous awardees are eligible to apply again. Please note the full eligibility criteria and submission details are listed on the nomination form.

The Norman Miller violin award nomination form must be received by 5pm Monday 27 November 2017.

The violin will be presented at the student’s school in the first few weeks of term 1.


Award history

The award was established in 1996 when local violin and instrument maker, Norman Miller, donated one of his finely crafted violins to the former Toowoomba City Council. The award has been presented to promising musicians since then and is continued in honour of the late Norman Miller.

To find out more about the Norman Miller Violin Award please contact us.

Current recipient

Aylish Ryan was appraised by a panel of string specialists and was the winner of the 2017 Norman Miller Violin Award. Aylish has had use of the Norman Miller violin for the 2017 school year. 

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Image: Cr Joe Ramia and 2017 recipient of Norman Miller Violin, Aylish Ryan / Photographer: Gerard Saide

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