ANU Orchestra

ANU Orchestra in Concert, May 2021. Image by Peter Hislop

Are you an orchestral musician looking to play in the ANU Orchestra in 2022? 

Housed at the ANU School of Music and conducted by Canberra’s Max McBride, this Orchestra is a chance to play with the best music students at ANU, as well as professionals from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestra members will rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7.00 - 9.00PM in the Big Band Room. 

ANU Orchestra ON TOUR

A small group of members of the ANU Orchestra will go on tour to regional NSW in September, 2022.

The ANU Orchestra Chamber Players will present a free end-of-tour concert in Gunning Shire Hall at 3pm on Thursday 8 September! This 25-strong ensemble of accomplished young musicians will present a selection of popular, cheery and engaging classical pieces.

Tickets will be available at the door. You can absolutely guarantee your place via text/phone to Gunning Focus Group 0429 906 834 or



The ANU School of Music looks forward to presenting the ANU Orchestra Concerto Gala, featuring works by Shostakovich, Bruch, Reinecke, Weber, and Goossens, and student and alumni soloists James Monro, Brad Tham, Emma Warburton, Milan Kolundzija, and Zoë Loxley Slump.

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Audition dates

Applications for Semester 2 auditions closed Friday 22 July 2022.

Applicants are expected to be available for all times and will not receive an audition time until one week in advance.

If you have any queries, please email School of Music Administration.


Audition eligibility and requirements

Current ANU Orchestra members may not be required to reaudition for 2022.

Applications are open to all ANU students, including Alumni up to 5 years after graduating, plus musicians in the community from 16 - 26 years of age.

Strings - Grade 7 AMEB and above or equivalent.
Wind and Brass - Grade 6 AMEB and above or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to perform the following at the audition:

1. Piece of your own choice (5’)
2. Relevant orchestral excerpts
3. Sight reading

Applicants are to audition without piano accompaniment.

Orchestral excerpts

The orchestral excerpts can be downloaded below. 
Applicants must prepare the provided excerpts for their respective instrument. 

Please note the below 2020 excerpts will also be used for 2022 auditions.

Updated:  31 August 2022/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications