Conservatorium symphonic ensembles

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

Eligibility and Ensemble Overview

Students who play an orchestral or wind band instrument and wish to enrol or participate in the Symphonic Ensembles subject are required to audition. The following ensembles are included in the subject:

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Symphony
  • Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Concert Band

Eligibility to participate in a symphonic ensemble 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. Recorded auditions are also held for semester 2 entry (see information below).

At the completion of the semester 1 audition process, students will be placed by staff in up to two ensembles from the list above (unless the student requests to be in three ensembles). Once rostered there is no flexibility for negotiating a change, without the consent of the Head of Instrumental Area and the ensemble conductor. Please also note rostering and assignments are subject to change throughout and between semesters. It is understood that your combined rehearsal/performance times will not exceed the maximum time commitment as defined by the 2022 Unimelb Handbook.

The minimum level of performance required for this ensemble would be equivalent to AMEB grade 8 or a very high grade for VCE solo performance (grade 7 for breadth students).

To learn more about the ensembles within the Symphonic Ensembles subject, please read the Ensemble Overview.

Registration, Enrolment and Program Information

This subject is conducted on-campus at Southbank. There is no online alternative, unless Covid-19 restrictions will mandate a change in subject delivery.   

Before auditioning, students must read through the 2022 Symphonic Ensembles Code of Conduct and the 2022 Symphonic Ensembles Rehearsal and Performance Schedule. 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.

2022 Symphonic Ensembles Code of Conduct

2022 Rehearsal & Performance Schedule - Semester 2

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 on LMS.

Any student experiencing enrolment issues relating to the Symphonic 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 2022 Symphonic Ensembles Code of Conduct and 2022 Symphonic Ensembles Rehearsal and Performance Schedule.

Other  Ensemble Information

Any questions regarding String Ensemble, please contact A/Prof. Curt Thompson. Any questions regarding Brass Ensemble, please contact A/Prof Don Immel.

All Percussion students enrolled in BMus or postgraduate courses (where percussion is the main study instrument) are encouraged to participate in Percussion Ensemble (no audition is required). Admittance to Percussion Ensemble may be granted to Diploma in Percussion and Percussion Minor Practical Music students by audition and/or the Head of Department's approval. Any questions regarding Percussion Ensemble please contact Acting Convenor of Percussion Brent Miller.

Please see this page for information on other Conservatorium ensembles.

2023 Auditions
2023 audition information, program repertoire and audition excerpts will be released in mid-December 2022.

All 1st year BMus students (excluding Jazz & Improvisation and Interactive Composition students) are required to audition for the Symphonic Ensembles program,  regardless of how students intend to fulfil the large ensemble component of their degree.

1st year Percussion students have the option of either participating in the scheduled live audition (with optional timpani) or requesting that the panel use their entrance audition report (and/or video) in place of a formal audition.

Contact us

Please contact Edwina Dethridge, Orchestral Coordinator, for all other questions.