Chamber & Vocal Ensembles



Participants in our Classical Chamber & Vocal program are assigned to small ensembles with consideration given to instrumentation and playing levels. They receive dedicated instruction in chamber music in weekly rehearsals and are given the opportunity to perform at various community events and concerts.


Chamber Ensembles Chamber choir (Vocal Fry)
Ages 12 and up Ages 12 - 21

1 hour on Friday afternoon/evenings

during term time

1.5 hours on Friday afternoon/evenings

during term time




It is a requirement of our funding that our participants are ACT residents. However, non-ACT residents can apply, understanding that placement preference is given to ACT residents.

Classical chamber participants are strongly encouraged to take individual lessons on their instrument while participating in the program. Please note that it is not a requirement that students wishing to apply for the Chamber Choir be tutored in private singing lessons.

All applicants, regardless of ability or previous experience, can be admitted to this program, however enrolment is subject to the availability of an appropriate ensemble.


How To Apply

We are currently taking applications for our Chamber and Vocal Ensembles program. To apply, please fill out the following application form: Application to the Community Music Centre 2024

We enrol our main round of participants at the start of each year; however, we are happy to accept applications all year round. Applicants who apply after our main round of streaming interviews will be placed on a waiting list and contacted for an interview should a place become available. We will often review our waiting list prior to the commencement of our Semester 2 programs.


Streaming Interviews

Chamber Choir (Vocal Fry) Streaming Interview information

All vocal applicants will attend a streaming interview in 2024. Interviews are 15-minutes in length and applicants will be allocated a timeslot on Friday 2 February 2024, between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Interviews will be held in the Peter Karmel building at the ANU School of Music, and staff will be in touch to assign an interview timeslot.
In this streaming interview, applicants will need to:

  • Sing 'Waltzing Matilda' (download Waltzing Matilda score below)
  • Sing a simple selection of scales chosen by the audition panel
  • Respond to listening tests and a short selection of theory questions


Chamber Ensembles Streaming Interview information

Applicants applying to join a Chamber Ensemble are required to prepare and upload a video file or unlisted YouTube video link. Video submissions should be submitted using the below link by 5:00 pm on Monday 18 December.

Upload your video submission here: Video submission link

Instructions on how to upload an unlisted YouTube link can be found here: unlisted YouTube instructional video

Videos must be titled with the applicants' full name and instrument, and in the recording the applicant will:

  • introduce themselves with their name and age
  • introduce and then play the scale they have chosen (details below)
  • introduce and then play the piece they have chosen to demonstrate their ability (please be sure to note the name and composer of the piece)
  • play the quick learn piece (details below)

Percussionists applying for the Chamber Ensembles should demonstrate rudiments/rhythm patterns in place of scales, and there is no quick learn piece.

If applicants are doing a streaming interview for more than one instrument, they will need to prepare a separate video for each instrument.


1 scale of applicant's choice

Strings: 3 different bowings - 1) hook stroke, 2) spiccato, 3) 4 notes slurred

Woodwind and Brass: played with 2 different articulations (e.g. tongued, slurred, 2 slurred 2 tongued, slurred in pairs)

Piano: scale in parallel and contrary motion

Guitar: 2 different articulations chosen by student


1 piece that best demonstrates applicants' ability

Solo or accompanied. If the piece is written with piano accompaniment, unaccompanied is fine.


Quick learn piece

Applicants should choose one of the short pieces linked below to present for their instrument.




Program Fee Per Semester
Chamber Ensembles $150
Chamber Choir $90

Fees can be paid here through the ANU's OneStop Secure Payment Portal.

Fees can be waived for current pension or healthcare card holders or anyone experiencing financial difficulties. If you would like to waive the fees for this program, please email us at



2024 Dates

Semester 1

Term 1: Friday 9 February – Thursday 28 March (7 weeks)

Term 2: Monday 29 April – Friday 14 June (7 weeks)

Mid-year Chamber Concerts: Friday 14 June and Saturday 15 June


Semester 2

Term 3: Monday 22 July – Friday 20 September (9 weeks)

Term 4: Monday 14 October – Friday 15 November (5 weeks)

End of Year Chamber Concerts: Friday 15 November and Saturday 16 November



Updated:  1 March 2024/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications