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

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


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.

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 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 - Semester 1 Schedule

Concert Band - Semester 1 Schedule

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

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.

Any student experiencing enrolment issues relating to the Orchestral Ensembles subject must contact Stop1 for further assistance.

Breadth Students

Any Breadth students who wish to participate specifically in the Concert Band only are not required to audition. Please contact Edwina Dethridge to register your interest.

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

Ensemble Restrictions

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.

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

Please contact Ian Godfrey for information regarding saxophone placements in any large ensemble.

Conservatorium Big Band

Students interested in auditioning for the Conservatorium Big Band, please apply online:

Big Band Application

Audition Dates

2018 Orchestral Ensemble auditions are held prior to the start of Semester 1 and will be held in the weeks of:

  • STRINGS Wed 14th Feb, Fri 16th Feb, Fri 23rd Feb
  • WIND Mon 12th Feb, Thur 15th Feb, Mon 19th Feb
  • BRASS Tue 13th Feb, Wed 21st Feb
  • BRASS Round Two - Mon 26th Feb
  • PERCUSSION Fri 2nd Mar

Audition times: 9.15am-10.15am, 10.45am-11.45am, 12.45pm-1.45pm, 2.00pm-3.00pm,

It is important that students make themselves available for their designated audition time, which you be allocated after your audition registration is received by the Audition Coordinator. It is important that you monitor your student email during this time for updates.

In order to audition you must apply online using this link:

Apply Now

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 by close of business on Monday 19 February 2018.

Orchestral Ensembles - Absentia Auditions 2018

After receipt of your online application, you will be sent a specific audition date and time.

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

Contact the Audition Coordinator, Edwina Dethridge for all other questions.