A Brief History
The Austral Salon of Music was founded by a small group of women journalists in Melbourne in 1890 as a club for women writers. It then developed into a club whose aim was to introduce aspiring young musicians to an interested audience. Now the Austral Salon of Music welcomes both male and female members who support its aims.
Commencing with Lady Hopetoun in 1890 and continuing until the retirement of Mrs Elizabeth Chernov in 2015, the spouse of the Governor of Victoria was the Patron of the Austral Salon.
Since its inception, many well-known artists such as Dame Nellie Melba were heard at the Salon and went on to make outstanding careers. In recent times, many singers have gone on to work with Opera Australia, and numerous instrumentalists have performed at the highest level both individually or with leading groups. Many of these artists subsequently acknowledged the help the Austral Salon gave them during their early years.
The Austral Salon began hosting Vocal and Instrumental Competitions in the 1980’s. For nearly three decades, winners were awarded generous scholarships to assist the development of their careers.
In 2011 the Austral Salon became a sponsor of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, providing financial awards to students in instrumental and vocal studies.