Conservatorium Orchestral Ensembles

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

Students who play an orchestral instrument and wish to enrol/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, to be arranged before the beginning of the first semester, or a recorded audition completed mid-year. In some cases, participation in multiple ensembles will be required, as directed by the appropriate Instrumental Head of Department.

Registration, Enrolment and Not-For-Credit Participation

Before auditioning, students must read through the 2018 Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct and the 2018 Orchestral Ensembles Rehearsal & Performance Schedule for their ensemble of interest to familiarise themselves with the time commitment and expectations of participation in any ensemble at The University of Melbourne. By applying to audition you are agreeing to these terms.

2018 Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct

Symphony Orchestra - 2018 Schedule

Philharmonic Orchestra - 2018 Schedule

Wind Symphony & Concert Band - Semester 2 Schedule

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

After receiving specific ensemble placements in week 1 of semester, Honours and Masters students must register their ensemble participation using the appropriate form.

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.

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 retrospectively be enrolled in the subject at any time after the census date, and must still audition and adhere to the 2018 Orchestral Ensembles Code of Conduct and 2018 Orchestral Ensembles Rehearsal & Performance Schedule.

Breadth Students

Any Breadth students who wish to participate specifically in the Concert Band only are not required to audition but need to be at an equivalent of AMEB Grade 7 or high grade for VCE solo performance. Please contact Edwina Dethridge to register your interest prior to the start of semester.

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.

Questions concerning enrolment in instrumental ensembles for breadth can be addressed to Coordinator of Ensembles, Mx ToniƩ Field.

Ensemble Restrictions

Those students interested in String Ensemble, please contact A/Prof. Curt Thompson.

Those students interested in Brass Ensemble, please contact Dr Joel Brennan.

Wind and Brass students who are BMus/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. 

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.

Please contact Peter Neville with any questions regarding Percussion ensemble placements.

Audition Dates

If you are interested in auditioning for Orchestral Ensembles in 2019 please contact Edwina Dethridge. Information and audition registration will be released on Monday 17 December 2018.

If you have not auditioned before, please complete the audition registration form using this link:

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Audition Excerpts

2018 Orchestral Ensemble Audition excerpts for all ensembles are below:




Double Bass




Bass Clarinet

Eb Clarinet




Cor Anglais

French Horn


Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone




Contact Us

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