Baroque Ensemble

Application information for students wishing to participate in Baroque Ensemble at the Conservatorium.


Scheduled weekly each Friday 11:30 to 13:30


This course aims to give integrity, intention and direction to Historical Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music to enable students to build confidence, knowledge and expertise on their instruments and to expand their horizons with practical experience on period instruments, and in the use of historical performance styles. The ensemble is divided into tutti and instrumental groups. The performance pitch is A415Hz and repertoire is tailored to the composition of each group. Weekly classes culminate in an end-of-semester performance or recording. Through reviewing two performances or recent recordings of a live concert on period instruments, students will learn to evaluate historically informed performance practice in a contemporary context.

The following period instruments are available for hire from the Conservatorium collection: violin, viola, violoncello, viol (treble, tenor and bass), flute (traverso), recorder, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone (sackbut consort), and natural horn. All other period instruments must be practiced on campus and are not available for hire.

Link to Instrument Hire Information


Baroque Ensemble Audition applications close on Friday 03 March, 2023 at 23:59 PM.

To apply, please submit an application via the following link:

  • If an audition is necessary, this will be held during the first class of semester in week 1 on Friday 3 March. Relevant students will be notified prior to class.
  • Contact Lyndon Watts if you have any questions.