Wyndham Rising Star 2019 Auditions Now Open!

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The Wyndham Rising Stars Competition is back!!!

Now is your chance to win over $2000 in recording & release packages at USM at the Wyndham Rising Stars Competition!

Universal School of Music is looking for Singers, Songwriters, Original or Cover Artists aged above 16 to be crowned as our new Wyndham Rising Star.

The top 20 will be selected to perform at the grand finals on 15th September 2019 at Encore Events Centre to celebrate the Wyndham Moon Festival.

Now is your chance to register for an audition to WIN PRIZES:

1st Prize Professionally Produced Single Release Package Creation of 1 x fully produced Single including mixing and mastering and release on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music + more through USM Records

Valued at $1299

2nd Prize Acoustic Single Release PackageCreation of 1 x fully produced acoustic Single including mixing and mastering and release on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music + more through USM Records

Valued at $799

3rd Prize 705 Showcase performance Package Your very own hosted event at USM’s state-of-the-art studio performance venue ‘STUDIO 705’

Valued at $399

Audition Dates: 

Saturday 17th & 24th August, 3:00pm-5:30pm

Audition Venue:

Universal School of Music, STUDIO 705, C8 Level 1 Main St, Point Cook VIC 3030

Audition Requirements:

  • Age Requirement: 16+
  • Performance: 1 song (multicultural music, diversified genres, style and language preferred), maximum 3 minutes
  • Instruments: BYO guitar, Piano provided (Yamaha grand or Digital Piano)
  • Bring high quality backing Tracks USB/Smartphone/tablet mp3
  • BYO Accompaniment

Meet The Judges


Michél Kroll 

Professional Songwriter, Producer and Music Mentor, Michél Kroll started his music career at the age of 16 and only a year later, he signed his first record deal and moved to Berlin working with Universal Music, Berlin State Opera and Sony Music as touring artist, songwriter, mentor and producer. Alongside this he has performed with international acts like The Wu-Tang-Clan, Bloodhound Gang, Danko Jones, Nick Cave, Powderfinger and Fall Out Boy. Michel is currently head of USM Records at Universal School of Music.

Elissa Rodgers

Elissa Rodger launched her professional Jazz career after undertaking studies at Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University, studying voice and performance. Currently performing at the Melbourne’s most prestige Jazz venues including Paris Cat Jazz Club, Uptown Jazz Club, Lido Jazz Room, Melbourne Recital Centre as well as music festivals, Elissa has been featured interviewed on ABC radio national and Joy FM. Currently working on her original releases, Elissa is making her impact in the Melbourne Jazz music circuit, with plans for an international tour in the US.

Elissa brings many years of hands-on experience in vocal coaching at USM, specializing in performance technique, stage presence, unlocking resonance safe singing and musical interpretation. Her mission is to help aspiring singers to find their ‘WHY’ and create a sustainable and fulfilling relationship with music.

2015 Wyndham Rising Starts Competition Results

See the winners of the 2015 Wyndham Rising Stars Competition

We are excited to announce the return of the WRS Competition in 2019 and look forward to launching careers for up and coming new talent.