MCM Orchestral Ensembles

Eligibility, registration and audition information for students wishing to participate in MCM orchestral ensembles.


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

  • Orchestra (Symphony or Philharmonic)
  • 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. Which 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.

Please note that auditions will take place in the week preceding O-Week (13–17 Feb), as well as during O-Week (20–24 February). It is important that students make themselves available for their designated audition time, which you will receive by email at the end of January. It is important that you monitor your student email during this time for updates.

Ensemble Agreements

Before auditioning, students are asked to read through and sign the 2017 Orchestra Student Agreement to familiarize themselves with the expectations of participation in any ensemble at The University of Melbourne.

2017 Orchestral Ensemble Agreement – Symphony Orchestra

2017 Orchestral Ensemble Agreement – Philharmonic Orchestra

2017 Orchestral Ensemble Agreement – Wind Symphony

2017 Orchestral Ensemble Agreement – Concert Band

Registration, Enrolment and Not-For-Credit Participation

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 be registered as a participant.

Any student experiencing Ensemble subject enrolment issues must contact Stop1 for further assistance.

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. Please contact Peter Neville with any questions.

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

Audition Dates

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

  • 13–17 February 2017
  • 20–24 February 2017

Audition registrations are now closed for Semester 1.

All students wishing to audition must register online using the auditions form.

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If you are overseas or interstate during the audition period and cannot attend a live audition - you must additionally submit a recorded audition via SlideRoom by 19 February 2017

Orchestral Ensembles - Absentia Auditions

After receipt of your online application, you will be sent a specific audition date and time. Please check in at the lobby desk (outside Room 113) 30 minutes prior to your given audition time.

MCM Big Band

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

Big Band Application

Audition Excerpts

Required excerpts for all ensembles are below:

Contact Us

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