Students who play an orchestral instrument and wish to enrol/participate in the following ensembles are required to audition:
- Symphony Orchestra
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Wind Symphony
- Concert Band
- Brass Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Big Band
Visit the Faculty website for all relevant information regarding auditions, repertoire and schedules.
Eligibility to participate in The University of Melbourne orchestral, instrumental and/or chamber ensembles will be determined by live audition, to be arranged before the beginning of the first semester. In some cases, participation in multiple ensembles will be required, as directed by the appropriate Instrumental Head of Department.
You can enrol in auditioned ensemble subjects on the basis of the recommended performance standard but will need to successfully meet audition requirements before your enrolment can be confirmed.
Any student who wishes to participate not-for-credit does so with the prior understanding that they cannot retrospectively be enrolled in the subject at any time after the census date, and must still audition and adhere to the Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct and rehearsal and performance schedule(s). Any breadth students who wish to participate specifically in the Concert Band only are not required to audition.
Auditions take place in the week preceding Orientation as well as during Orientation in Semester 1. It is important to make yourself available for the designated audition time, and to monitor your student email during this time for updates. You can submit a recorded audition if you are interstate or overseas during this time.
Auditions will run for approximately 5 minutes and warm-up rooms will be available prior to your audition time. There is also approved repertoire for each instrument.
In order to an audition, you must apply for your ensemble online.
If you have concerns about any academic matters regarding Orchestral Ensembles, please email the Conservatorium Subject Coordinator of Western Ensembles, Mx Tonié Field, firstname.lastname@example.org.
General audition enquiries can be directed to the MCM Orchestra Manager, Edwina Dethridge, email@example.com.