Top Class  

Frequently asked questions

Who selects the Top Class performers and what is the selection process?

Selection panels for Top Class comprise leading study practitioners including the Chief Assessor for each of the relevant studies and a mixture of Assessors, representatives from exam setting panels and expert secondary and tertiary teachers. Where possible, the panel members are chosen from across all school sectors.

VCAA staff oversee the administration of all selection panels across the Season.

Top Class Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies

Selection for VCE VET Dance and VCE Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies concerts is by audition. These are held in January and February for selected students who have completed Unit 4 the previous year.

Students who receive a very high grade in the A+ range in the October performance examinations are invited to audition after VCE results are made public in mid-December. Invitations to audition are mailed out during the week the VCE results are available and there is a very short turn-around for students to return their acceptance to audition.

Top Class Music

For the music concerts, selection panel members listen to the examination performance recordings of students who received a high A+ in the October performance exams. The panel select from these recordings, successful students will be notified by mail in mid- to late December each year.

Top Class Sound

Applications for Top Class Sound are received by mail or online for VCE Music Performance, Music Investigation and VCE VET Music. Applications for Top Class Sound 2019 will open on Saturday 1 September 2018.  

Students who have composed works for VCE Music Style and Composition are not required to submit an application for Top Class Sound. Works will be selected via the Externally Assessed Task process. The VCAA will then contact students to confirm that a high quality live performance of the work can be organised.

All compositions are selected by a panel who consider all of the works, ensuring that there is a range of instrumentation, styles and genres as well as representation from regional and metropolitan schools from across the sectors within the concert.

Student results and selection

Student results are confidential and cannot be disclosed or discussed over the phone. Examination Grade scaling ranges are published on the VCAA website after results are released in December.

Names and programs are published on the Season website two to three weeks prior to each performance. Please check our website for updates from mid-February.

What is the difference between Top Class and Top Acts?

Top Class concerts focus on a performing arts study, or multiple studies as with the three music concerts. They are compered by the Chief Assessors for each study who may highlight assessment criteria demonstrated in each performance.

Top Acts follows in May each year and includes a representative sample of every performing arts subject in one evening concert. Up to 20 performances are selected from across the Top Class concert series.

How will I know if I have been selected for an audition?

Those selected for Top Class auditions will be informed by mail in December or early January following the release of VCE results.

Why can't I use my school email address?

If students leave school after the VCE exams their school email is often discontinued. Email will be the main way of contacting performers during event preparation so we need a personal email that will continue well into the following year.

If you do not have a personal email address, we recommend you set one up for this purpose.