Applications now open

Adelaide Cabaret Festival invites you to nominate yourself or a talented student currently in year 10 or 11, from regional South Australia for the 2017 Nathaniel O'Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship.

Each year the scholarship follows the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Country Arts SA’s Regional Roadshow to different regional centres in South Australia – from which two recipients will be selected to receive this amazing opportunity. In 2017 the regional centres will be Port Pirie & Port Lincoln

The chosen applicants not only have the opportunity to perform a song at their respective Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow in May 2017, but also receive express entry into the 2018 Class of Cabaret program.

The two recipients of the scholarship will each participate in the Class of Cabaret program culminating in a group performance during the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $5000 to assist with travel and accommodation requirements, to attend rehearsals in Adelaide throughout Term 1 and 2 in 2018. They will also receive private tuition from one of Adelaide's leading vocal teachers. In addition, Adelaide Festival Centre's CentrED program will provide a DECD teacher to guide each student through assessments to achieve SACE Creative Arts Course Stage 1 or Stage 2 accreditation by the conclusion of the program. 

Applications close 5pm Thursday 20 April 2017. The successful recipients will be notified by noon on Friday 28 April 2017. 

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For more information on the Class of Cabaret program please refer here.

For more information about the Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship please contact Liz Gogler

The Nathaniel O’Brien Scholarship is proudly funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre and was created to honour the memory of Class of Cabaret graduate Nathaniel O’Brien.

About the Scholarship

From 2016 onward, the Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship will give regional students the opportunity to perform at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow in their home region as well as express entry into the next year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival Class of Cabaret program. Each scholarship, which is open to students in year 10 and 11, is valued at $5,000, which includes travel and accommodation assistance to attend the Class of Cabaret program workshops and performances, as well as private vocal tuition from one of Adelaide’s leading vocal teachers.

Every year the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow brings Adelaide Cabaret Festival favourites to regional South Australia. In future years the scholarship will follow the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival Roadshow to different South Australian regional centers, giving this amazing opportunity to students across the State.

Honoring Nathaniel O'Brien

Nathaniel O’Brien passed away in late 2015 as a result of a car accident north of Adelaide whilst on his way to perform at a gig. A truly exceptional and determined individual, Nathaniel began his musical career at just seven years old, winning Pop Idol and taking part in the Balaklava Eisteddfod. Over the next 12 years Nathaniel won awards at numerous state and national musical competitions and festivals, and performed on multiple television programs including Australia’s Got Talent, The X Factor and New Zealand’s Miss Popularity. Music was a huge part of Nathaniel’s life, he enjoyed a range of genres and aside from singing, was a talented and award winning songwriter and instrumentalist playing; guitar, mandolin, keyboard, bassoon, stomp box and ukulele


In 2013 Nathaniel performed as part of Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Class of Cabaret, a program where young talented vocalists are given the unique opportunity to shine at the world’s premier Cabaret Festival. Each year the best and brightest performing arts students from South Australian high schools come together after months of cabaret masterclasses to share songs and personal stories in performances of raw aspiring and awe inspiring talent. Nathaniel returned to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival stage as a part of Class of Cabaret Grads in 2014.

Nathaniel would be proud to have this scholarship named after him knowing it will help fellow rural students to receive the opportunities that he experienced by attending and performing in the Class of Cabaret. Danny and Karen O’Brien, parents of Nathaniel


The winners of the inaugural Nathaniel O'Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship were announced on Friday 15 April 2016:

Limestone Coast
Reilly Muller
Year 10, Saint Martins Lutheran College
Mt Gambier

Zara Nicholson
Year 11, Loxton High

Class of Cabaret Programs

Class of Cabaret Programs

Information about submissions for the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival Class of Cabaret programs.