Conservatorium orchestral ensembles

Eligibility, registration, program and audition information for students wishing to participate in orchestral ensembles at the Conservatorium.

Students who play an orchestral instrument and wish to enrol or participate in the following ensembles are required to audition:

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony
  • Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Ensemble

Eligibility to participate in orchestral, instrumental and/or chamber ensembles will be determined by live audition, held before the beginning of semester 1, or a recorded audition if you are unable to attend the live auditions. In some cases, participation in multiple ensembles will be required, as directed by the appropriate academic staff.

To learn more about the ensembles within the Orchestral Ensembles subject, read the Orchestral Ensemble Overview

Before auditioning, students must read through the 2020 Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct and the 2020 Orchestral Ensembles Rehearsal and Performance Schedule for their ensemble of interest. These documents outline the time commitment and expectations of participation at The University of Melbourne. By applying to audition you are agreeing to these terms.

2020 Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct

Symphony Orchestra - Current 2020 Schedule

Wind Symphony - Current 2020 Schedule

Philharmonic Orchestra - Current 2020 Schedule

Concert Band - Current 2020 Schedule 

Performance Dress Code

Information on how to enrol, enrolment and re-enrolment can all be found on the student enrolment and re-enrolment page.

As a student, it is your responsibility to ensure that you complete the administrative requirements of your degree. This includes ensuring your enrolment is finalised prior to the census date of each subject.

After receiving specific ensemble placements in week one of the semester, Honours and Masters students must register their ensemble participation using the appropriate form.

Any student experiencing enrolment issues relating to the Orchestral Ensembles subject must contact STOP1 for further assistance.

Any student who wishes to participate not-for-credit, does so with prior understanding that they cannot be enrolled retrospectively in the subject at any time after the census date, and must still audition and adhere to the 2020 Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct and 2020 Orchestral Ensembles Rehearsal and Performance Schedule.

From 2020 any Breadth students who wish to participate specifically in the Concert Band will be required to audition in addition to having an equivalent of AMEB Grade 7 or high grade for VCE solo performance. If you are a breadth student who would like to be considered for an ensemble other than Concert Band, you will be required to audition as per usual.

Both String and Brass Ensemble auditions are held at the same time as the Orchestral Ensemble auditions. Any questions regarding String Ensemble, please contact A/Prof. Curt Thompson. Any questions regarding Brass Ensemble, please contact A/Prof Don Immel.

Wind and Brass students who are BMus or Diploma and do not audition will be placed in Concert Band.

Please contact Joseph Lallo for information regarding saxophone placements in any large ensemble or if you are interested in auditioning for the Conservatorium Big Band. There are no planned saxophone parts in the Symphony or Philharmonic Orchestra repertoires in 2020 but saxophone students can audition to be part of the Wind Symphony or Concert Band.

Percussion Ensemble is restricted to current BMus percussion students and no audition is required.

Diploma in Percussion and Percussion Minor Practical Music students may be admitted by audition and/or at Head of Department’s recommendation.

Percussion students who are BMus/Diploma and elect not to audition for either of the Conservatorium orchestras, will be placed in Wind Symphony or Concert Band at the Head of Department's discretion.

2020 Auditions will be held in the two weeks preceding week one of semester. Note the below details are subject to change and a notification with your official audition information will be sent to you in the week commencing 27 January 2020:
Monday 17 Feb - No Auditions
Tuesday 18 Feb - Brass (High Brass from 12.45pm)
Wednesday 19 Feb – Wind (from 2pm) 
Thursday 20 Feb – Strings (Violin, Viola)
Friday 21 Feb - Wind (Bassoon, Clarinet)
Monday 24 Feb - Harp and Double Bass (after 3pm) 
Tuesday 25 Feb - Wind & Saxophone
Wednesday 26 Feb - Brass (Low and High Brass)
Thursday 27 Feb – Cello (after 3pm)
Friday 28 Feb – Strings (after 2pm)  
Wed 4 Mar - Brass Ensemble callbacks (from 12pm)
Fri 6 Mar - Percussion (from 12.30pm)

Audition Times:  
9.15am - 10.15am
10.45am - 11.45am
12.45pm - 1.45pm
2.00pm - 3.00pm
3.15pm - 4.15pm
Note some days may go later than 4.15pm due to time restraints 

In order to audition your must apply online using the below link:


If you are interstate or overseas during the audition period and cannot attend a live audition you must apply and submit a recorded audition via SlideRoom

2020 Orchestral Ensembles Audition excerpts are listed below:

Violin & Concertmaster



Double Bass


Flute & Piccolo

Oboe & Cor Anglais

Bassoon & Contrabassoon

Clarinet (Bb/Eb/Bass)




Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone




Contact us

Please contact Edwina Dethridge, Orchestra and Wind Symphony Coordinator, for all other questions.